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"The Conservative ideas of decentralisation and freedom are proving to be the ideas of the age - particularly in successfully transforming cities like Liverpool and Manchester. "

Since when have Liverpool and Manchester had Conservative councils?

Just got home, thought both Hague and Heseltine spoke well, I especially liked the part about What is morally right, cannot be politically wrong.

"Lord Heseltine pointed to great Tory traditions from Shaftesbury - who took women out of the mines and children out of chimneys - to Margaret Thatcher..."

I'm sure the quasi-socialist in residence (J.S.) will claim Thatcher followed Shaftesbury by taking men out of the mines.

"What is morally right, cannot be politically wrong"

That's right. And what is morally wrong is not politically right. So when Cameron does a sly deal with Blair on political funding (as described brilliantly by Oborne in the current Spectator) we have a serious disconnect between what we say and what we do. Which is the biggest threat to a brand...

Since when have Liverpool and Manchester had Conservative councils?

Cross the Pennines and see that Leeds and Bradford only have Conservative Councils with LibDem consent.................and neither controls Education.

Since when have Liverpool and Manchester had Conservative councils?

I think the point was that both cities benefited from decentralisation, a core Conservative principle, not that they have benefited from Conservative councils.

Exactly, Tory in the Wilderness. Why are you "in the Wilderness", btw?

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