Davidson’s successors must not let recognition of her extraordinary achievements to turn into counter-productive myth-making and a counsel of despair.
We must overhaul our Party organisation and develop strong messages for liberally-minded, soft-Conservative voters before the next election.
If the campaign management were outsourced, as recently, who would take it on? And if it weren’t, could CCHQ really cope?
The best way to reach across the divide and attempt to gain the trust of ex-Conservative Remainers, is to accept the inevitable.
We don’t know whether they believe it to be prudent or desirable or both – but the message to the leadership contenders is clear.
Could the Yellow Party take control of Lewes, St Albans, Winchester, Teignbridge, Guildford – even Wokingham?
Conservative MPs should not sit idly by as their party’s ratings sink to the mid-30s and below. There’s reason to think the change isn’t temporary.
His focus on leftish politics and local campaigning built the party into a potent force, but left it badly exposed to the dangers of coalition with the Conservatives.
The party has selected a local candidate to win back what was one of only a few Conservative footholds in the North East.
When you’re worried about your child’s school, politicians look remote when they sound more interested in acronym bingo on whether we should look more like Canada or Norway.
A focused and accountable drive to build the grassroots is required. It can be done, but it requires difficult questions and honest answers.
Increasing, training, and valuing our membership is absolutely crucial to building the first-rate campaigning machine we need.
Tacking towards the devocrat consensus and positioning for a pact with Plaid seems to be the preferred option, but it looks like a tactical cul-de-sac.
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 consequences of not doing so would be catastrophic both for our nation and the party that I hope one day to be able to vote for again.