When I wrote my book about populism a few weeks ago I drew a contrast between the long trends on the continent to the demise of the Christian Democrats and Social Democrats in most places, and the recovery of support for Conservative and Labour in the 2017 election. In February this year as I sent it to the printers the Conservatives were on a healthy 43% in the polls. The reason was simple.
By Steve Parkhurst, Senior Editor, USDR.
Looking at the news and opinion out of London each day.
Our country needs One Nation Toryism more than ever. And we will measure leadership candidates against its ideals.
I am clear that if the Party decides to focus its appeal mainly towards Brexit Party supporters, our demise will be swift.
Tories and Labour point to each other’s internal divisions after negotiations fail
When the moment she had been dreading finally came, Theresa May raged against the dying of the light.
In the coming months, the Conservative Party could see more than a dozen serious leadership candidates emerge, all with a distinct pitch. With this many candidates in the field, the next leader will be decided by the party membership, not by MPs. The winning candidate will be the one who runs the most effective digital grassroots campaign, with a compelling message that appeals to the membership.