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Posts Tagged: Party Democracy and Membership
Exclusive. Tory Association Chairmen protest against the “misuse of Party funds” on “propaganda campaign” backing the deal
ConservativeHome can reveal a letter signed by 32 senior activists, including the chairmen of key marginals and target seats across the country.
And No Deal is now activists’ most favoured option of all. Views are hardening as the endgame looms into sight.
Many Conservative Associations will not even take receipt of the boxes. And CCHQ will not say how much money it has spent on the campaign.
Polite discomfort (or “a load of arse-kissing”) on the Prime Minister’s conference call with senior Tory activists
“No-one had a pop at her”, I’m told – but equally her answers don’t seem to have won round the assembled Association officers.
May’s Deal 2) Rebecca Ryan – It endangers Leave. Now the 51 MPs who have pledged to Stand Up for Brexit must keep their promise
I am deeply disappointed by the path that the Prime Minister has chosen. It seems to be the very opposite of what the British people voted for.
Four fifths of our panel remain opposed to her leadership, but within that group there has been a significant hardening of attitudes.
Selection news: Peterborough shortlist revealed, and the first London seats open for candidate applications
Plus: the postponed selection processes in Darlington and Wirral West have been restarted. And: Ryan Henson selected in Bedford.
Numbers applying for target seats are down across the board. At least one Tory association has refused to shortlist, and demanded applications be reopened.
Sitting councillors and aspirant candidates alike have been irritated and offended by the new process.
The excuse is always that there aren’t enough beds in other places. How come Labour goes to Brighton, then?
The legacy of past disorganisation in our Party’s machine even affects those at the top.
A national membership system is a good start, but it must be accompanied by pro-active engagement from local associations.
Priti Patel: It’s time to elect the Party Chairman – and put our members back in charge of the Conservatives
Over the last decade our activists, supporters and members have become a distant feature of an increasing centralised Party machine – remote, distant and out of touch.
Several ConservativeHome contributors are among those who have made the final round in the two target seats