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As per our note earlier in the week, the provider of our old comments system suffered a serious technical failure which was beyond our control, leading to the comments on ConservativeHome going offline. Our apologies for the disruption, and thank you to readers for your patience as we’ve worked to find a solution to the problem.

We’re pleased to say that comments are now working again, as you will be able to see below this post.

To ensure a permanent and sustainable solution we have switched from the old system to a new comment system: Vuukle.

To comment, you you can log in using a Twitter, Facebook or Google account, or you can register for a (free) Vuukle account – which you can do directly in our comments section underneath each article, or on the Vuukle site.

This is the same system used by Guido Fawkes and various other blogs, so your account will also work on other sites that use the same comment system.

We are working to transfer the extensive archive of ConservativeHome comments from the old system to the new, but it’s not yet clear when that will be possible. When that does happen, it’ll be in archive format, so comments posted under the old system won’t be linked to accounts on the new system.

As ever, our house Comment Rules apply, and we’ll be moderating the comment section accordingly.

NB: when registering for a Vuukle account, some users initially had an issue with the link in the verification email that the system sends out. This has now been resolved – should it recur, please notify the editors.