Recommendation 4: I hear the A-list has been topped-up again and, of course, a few A-listers might soon be culled but isn’t it time for it to be scrapped? It has succeeded in increasing the number of female candidates but only at the expense of creating a large number of disaffected activists and of dividing Associations like Tynemouth. My guess is that its tutorial effect will continue after it has been abolished. Associations understand the leadership’s desire for a more representative party but they also know that the A-list only offers a face-deep diversity. It includes very few people with public sector backgrounds and is heavily skewed to the south east of England. Given the A-list’s recent successes it would be an apposite time for it to be abolished without too much negative PR and then relations between the centre and local associations could start to heal.
Opinion polls catch-up. The Tories’ troubles come and go – but they keep hitting about 40 per cent, or more, in the polls
The Cabinet and the Customs Union. Davis could join Johnson and Fox in resigning. Gove might well stay. And watch Williamson.
Is the Home Office blunderingly incompetent, or deliberately obstructive? Bad news: it’s a combination of both.
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