The good news is that there is an enormous opportunity for the Party – because it is much worse at converting people considering voting Blue into actual voters.
The former youth worker and London Assembly member Shaun Bailey could offer hope to disadvantaged communities.
They feel left behind and untouched by the economic progress that has been made. Getting people into work must be at the top of our priority list.
He is uniquely placed to start to rebuild trust – and that task is essential to our Party’s future.
It’s wrong to claim that May and Brexit have brought new problems for the Conservatives in London. These were clear in 2015 under Cameron.
The Home Office won’t be fit for purpose to administer a post-Brexit migration system without a full understanding of what went wrong.
But some, perhaps many, Tory MPs have these tendencies – including one no less senior than the Prime Minister herself.
Across this half-century, from Scarman after Brixton to MacPherson after Stephen Lawrence, governments have engaged only sporadically engaged with race.
Last year’s general election saw Labour decisively re-open a lead which we had worked hard to reduce in 2010 and 2015.
The reshuffle showed just how far BME Conservatives have come since I first joined the Party, but we have much farther still to go.
The MP for Sutton and Cheam will have his work cut out to reconnect the Tories to a city which some fear could become their “next Scotland”.
I want our Party to come out of the process stronger and more adept at campaigning – ready to win.
If the Conservatives had won 42 per cent from them too, our research projects that she would have won with a comfortable 42-seat majority.
They include both the working class vote being up for grabs…and the Party adapting to the changing nature of modern Britain.
David Lammy and the Social Mobility Commission both made a big splash on the basis of weak evidence and flawed assumptions.