Local Conservative candidates bear the brunt of the Prime Minister’s failure to fulfil her Brexit pledge. Her decision to work with Corbyn was the last straw.
Our conferences give members the chance to speak and put questions to senior Party figures, and our training equips activists to take on the Left.
They range from Midlothian to South East Cornwall, from Rochester to Clwyd South.
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The Chairman of Clwyd South has announced an Emergency General Meeting – at which he will vote for the motion of no confidence.
Grassroots Conservative members passed their verdict in Beaconsfield and in East Staffordshire, though for very different reasons.
Despite obvious points of disagreement, the AGM remained a “civilised and constructive” affair in which the Business Secretary sought to reassure his activists.
The Party has sent out restrictive advice on the rules to all local officers – “strange” advice which some Associations, at least, are ignoring.
His association executive is expected to demand tonight that he makes his intentions clear. But the constitution allows him to simply refuse to answer.
Losing 150,000 members, and the money that comes with them, has knock-on effects for the Opposition and for the Conservative Party.
The level of opposition is a shade higher than it was a fortnight ago.
Fear of both a Corbyn government and an enraged grassroots seems to be keeping Tory MPs together in the crucial votes.
He would have the right to a full ballot of the local membership. But an already strained local relationship, combined with Brexit, makes it an uphill struggle.
There are some differences, which merit examination – but the overall findings are in agreement.
Philip Sagar warns that it “has already reignited the calls for [the MP’s] deselection from party members” and could amount to “an act of personal political suicide”.