The Tories have an interest in a focus on values. Reports suggest that some in Downing Street are encouraging Johnson to launch a ‘war on woke’.
It represents an emergency call to arms – not a permanent transition towards a command society.
This region contains a sizeable clutch of those crucial ‘Labour Leave’ seats through which the Prime Minister is trying to pave his path to an overall majority.
Plus: Will the 21 rebels get the whip back? And: The Tories need younger members, and so does everyone else.
The straight-talking people of Yorkshire would seem to be impatient with the delays and obfuscations over Brexit.
The seats that might back a No Deal offer for cultural reasons might well balk at it for economic ones.
Amidst the gathering leadership election debate, there is a lack of focus on who such voters are and where they live.
Those representing constituencies with big majorities that voted Leave may conclude they don’t want to push their luck.
There have been some shocking cases of personal abuse. Bullying must not be allowed to triumph.
People did not feel committed to their current party. The next election was, they hoped, a long way away, by which time much could have changed.
Previous Labour voters wondered whether the party’s pledges were credible or affordable.
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Continuing our ConservativeHome series, which will run each Monday during the election campaign, on the key contests in each region.
Plus: shortlists for Middlesbrough South and Wakefield; and, new selections and nominations in key target seats across the country.
The Tories ousted Ed Balls and the Liberal Democrats managed to return two seats, but otherwise this region was a low-scoring draw for the main parties.