The (Conservative) Party’s Over

February 14, 2010

An interesting read from Tory member John Strafford: “The Conservative party has become an oligarchy, controlled by a handful of people,” Why should anyone now want to be a member? Prior to the reforms of 1998, there were a number of reasons. There were meetings at which you could raise issues of policy or organisation. Conference was run by the voluntary party. It had motions for debate. Constituency associations were effectively autonomous. There were checks and balances in the distribution of power. All these were swept away in 1998, but the members held on to one right – selecting their ­parliamentary candidate. This has now gone.


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