“It is increasingly clear that the most significant social divisions in most Western societies today run along identity faultlines.” – Trevor Phillips, ConservativeHome, June 6 2019.
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Perhaps the Conservatives are sometimes polling at under 20 per cent is because they didn’t know who their voters were in the first place.
Who can and should the next Tory leader appeal to? “Citizens of somewhere?” “Citizens of nowhere?” Both? Or doesn’t that work? Or are these categories wrong in the first place?
Or to ask the question another way: where should the Conservatives campaign?
Are they best off pitching to voters in southern seats that they traditionally hold – like Canterbury, which was lost at the last election?
Or should they now push their case in other parts of the country, where they have usually been much weaker – in constituencies like North East Deryshire, gained by the Party against the electoral tide in 2017?
ConservativeHome and Policy Exchange will be exploring these questions at a joint event on Tuesday June 18.
Our panel of four will address the question: can the Conservatives win in Canterbury and Middlesbrough at the same time?
They will be: Lynton Crosby, formerly the Conservative Party’s campaign director. Andrew Feldman, the former Conservative Party Chairman. Ben Houchen, Mayor of Teesside. And Amber Rudd, Work and Pensions Secretary.
The event will be livestreamed via the Policy Exchange website and this one on Tuesday June 18 from 13.00 to 14.00.