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Onward After Hours is a new series of policy events which combine top-notch speakers, a young crowd and a relaxed atmosphere for debate.

Our second After Hours event is in the evening on Thursday 7th March, where we will be discussing the challenge facing all political parties in a time of extraordinary tribalism and polarisation: how to reach beyond your base.

Beyond the core vote: How can political parties reach into the middle ground?

In 2017, the two core vote of Britain's main political parties changed. The Conservative Party won in Northern Leave-voting seats that were inconceivable a few years ago, while Labour won in Kensington and Chelsea. Yet in many ways the core vote also consolidated: younger people voted for Labour in record numbers and the Conservatives took a far greater share of over-55s than previously. In an era of polarised politics, how can politicians go beyond their base and appeal to a wider range of the electorate? What more can politicians do to broaden their appeal?

We are delighted to be joined by a campaigning MP, Johnny Mercer, who has won and held a seat that many thought unwinnable and build a local base of support that transcends traditional party loyalties. Johnny is a former Army officer with the Royal Artillery who served three tours in Afghanistan. His memoir, We Were Warriors: One Soldier’s Story of Brutal Combat, was published in 2017.

Please come along to join the debate and give your views.

N.B. We will announce other speakers between now and the event.

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