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18 Nov 2012 19:28:14

Ten of my conservative beliefs

By Tim Montgomerie
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Throughout the coming week we'll be summarising some of the challenges that our party still needs to meet if it is to become a majority party again. We will be asking what parts of the Right we should keep and what we should jettison. Some will undoubtedly see some of the analysis as too introspective, too apologetic, too timid. I concede some of it might indeed be flawed. Some of it certainly amounts to thinking aloud. It's not all poll tested. It's not all mine or my colleagues' settled views. But rethinking and reflection is necessary. On both sides of the Atlantic conservative parties have gone from being the natural parties of government to the natural parties of opposition. Our own Tory Party hasn't won more than 40% of the vote at a general election since 1992. The Republican Party has lost four of six presidential elections since that same year - winning more than 50% of the vote on just one occasion - in 2004. If ConHome can't think creatively about the changes we might need to make then we'd be failing in one of our central purposes.

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