Monday, December 05, 2005

UK Conservatives have big grassroots problem

The Conservative movement in Britain is in desperately poor shape, according to this report in the Times.

THE new Tory leader will tomorrow inherit a Conservative Party organisation that is in danger of collapsing in large swathes of the country, with many constituency associations verging on the brink of extinction.

The new leader, expected to be David Cameron, will head a party where almost half of the 450 active associations have fewer than 100 members and 170 have income that has slumped below £1,000-a-year, according to an internal report commissioned by Francis Maude, the party chairman. The situation is so dire that the party leadership has put 200 associations on an “at risk” list.
What a sad decline for one of the proudest Parties in political history, and what a huge priority for Mr Cameron when he begins his leadership.

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