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Half of Tory Associations don't respond to new member requests

Tim Montgomerie

Read this from Mark Wallace and you'll know another reason why Tory membership is in decline...

"In a “mystery shopper” exercise, CCHQ wrote to over 300 associations under the guise of being a person who wanted to join up, and asking how to do so. Over half of the letters received no response at all, which is bad enough. Weirdly, a handful who wrote back saying the applicant would need to pass a membership interview before they could join the Conservatives. Most worryingly, though, around 10% wrote back to the pretend applicant saying they were “closed to new members”."


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