Conservative Leadership

Snap election a win-win for Theresa May: she’ll crush Labour and make Brexit a little easier

Snap election a win-win for Theresa May: she’ll crush Labour and make Brexit a little easier

How could Theresa May resist breaking her word? Tim Bale says a new cohort of Conservative MPs will boost her majority and enable her to return from Brussels with a softer Brexit. The Labour party, meanwhile, will be annihilated, and the Lib Dems can hope for at most 15% of the vote. Centrists may take […]

As both major parties struggle with internal divisions, it is crucial to engage with different facets of party cohesion

As both major parties struggle with internal divisions, it is crucial to engage with different facets of party cohesion

As both the Conservatives and Labour are confronted with ideological and organisational divisions that undermine their efficiency and jeopardise the foundations of the responsible party model, Caroline Close writes that understanding how (old and new) values, ideas and conception of democracy affect party members’ relationship to their party, within and beyond the legislative arena, is […]

This May be Tory feminism: The second woman PM is not Margaret Thatcher Mark II

This May be Tory feminism: The second woman PM is not Margaret Thatcher Mark II

As the second Conservative Prime Minister, it is hardly surprising that Theresa May is being compared to Margaret Thatcher. But Julie Gottlieb writes  tracing the political ancestry on the basis of their common gender is misleading. In particular, she highlights May does not share Thatcher’s apparent rancour for feminism, and argues that we could be on the […]

The internal democracy dilemma: Balancing MP and member preferences in leadership selection

The internal democracy dilemma: Balancing MP and member preferences in leadership selection

The resignations and leadership challenges in the wake of the Brexit vote have reignited debates around intra-party democracy. Tom Quinn offers an overview of the selection processes in the four main UK-wide parties and outlines both the challenge and importance of balancing MP and membership approval. Similar PostsAs both major parties struggle with internal divisions, it […]

Theresa May has two clear options on Brexit – neither of them easy

Theresa May has two clear options on Brexit – neither of them easy

David Cameron resign as British Prime Minister yesterday, with Theresa May taking over following her victory in the Conservative Party leadership contest. Gavin Barrett writes that the new Prime Minister will be faced with an exceptional challenge in handling the fallout from the EU referendum. He suggests that any attempt to rerun the vote would […]

Theresa May – a well-prepared geographer’s uneventful climb to the top

Theresa May – a well-prepared geographer’s uneventful climb to the top

Theresa May is the UK’s new Prime Minister, with David Cameron having stepped down following what Alun Wyburn-Powell, here, describes as one of the ‘greatest unforced political errors in British history’ in calling and losing a referendum on the UK’s EU membership. But what might we expect from his successor? Given her age, experience, and political […]

The takeover: Prime Ministers without a popular mandate 1916-2016

The takeover: Prime Ministers without a popular mandate 1916-2016

There are more or less two routes to becoming Prime Minister. You can either win a General Election or win a party leadership election to become head of the largest party when a Prime Minister leaves. Having just achieved the second route, Theresa May has become our ‘takeover’ leader. Here, Ben Worthy discusses the history […]

What do the Tory grassroots want from Prime Minister Theresa May?

What do the Tory grassroots want from Prime Minister Theresa May?

Andrea Leadsom’s withdrawal from the Conservative race took the final leadership decision out of the membership’s hands. In the absence of a vote, Paul Webb, Monica Poletti and Tim Bale draw on a recent survey to reveal the composition and attitudes of Tory supporters, as well as their views on the party’s leadership. Similar Posts

Why would anyone want to be Prime Minister?

Why would anyone want to be Prime Minister?

The challenges are awesome, if not terrifying, for whoever wins the Conservative leadership. Following the vote in favour of Brexit, Cameron’s successor will take control of a divided party, a divided country and significant forces pulling the UK apart.  In this light, Ben Worthy considers what motivates those who aspire to be Prime Minister. Similar […]

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