In 2010, Eric Pickles gave my intake the benefit of his experience. Now, in turn, I offer a few lessons I’ve picked up.
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The legacy of past disorganisation in our Party’s machine even affects those at the top.
Line Kristensen: To win next time, the Conservative Party must make recruiting and training activists its priority
A focused and accountable drive to build the grassroots is required. It can be done, but it requires difficult questions and honest answers.
While Lancashire is in the main in Lancashire, Wigan is both in and not in, like a Schrödinger county cat.
Shropshire and Bournemouth are among those councils holding memorial events in response to a plea from Lord Bourne.
Interview: Lewis -“At conference this year, I and the Prime Minister are determined that the members feel it is their conference.”
The Party Chairman intends to remove from the candidates’ list those who failed to campaign in the local elections.
Edward Garnier, Alan Haselhurst, John Randall and Andrew Tyrie are also elevated. David Evennett is knighted.
We wish the new Party Chairman well. But if you want to know what he’s up against, just follow the money.
In the short-term, throwing everything at target seats makes sense. Over the longer, it is a recipe for weak outreach, social media failure and falling membership.
Futhermore, the Government needs to sharpen up its sense of mission. And there is a heap of talent on the Tory backbenches.
With the Government’s position more secure, the Conservatives are finally turning to the task of finding out what went so horribly wrong in June – and you can take part.
To help win a new generation of young voters, the Conservatives need a new Swinton College – or a modern equivalent
It was the brainchild of Rab Butler, set up to educate Tory members. 54,000 Conservative activists, agents and other students took courses.
Iain Dale: Rudd to the Treasury, a Gove comeback, McLoughlin to quit. What may happen in the reshuffle.
Oh, and Timothy and Hill should be moved on from being co-Chiefs of Staff – the former to head up policy, the latter press.
This pledge follows alarming evidence that democracy was undermined in Tower Hamlets.
It is doubtless bad manners to ask, on day two of his new job, what he will do next. But posing the question and trying to answer it is irresistible.
The council has a “not invented here, silo based and council-knows-best attitude”.