The New and the Lost Conservative Voters: How can the Conservative party ge...

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The New and the Lost Conservative Voters: How can the Conservative party get a majority?

The Conservative Party’s electoral base is now poorer, less well educated and live in less diverse areas than the Labour Party’s; something borne out in the result of the 2017 General Election.

In short, the Conservative Party has gained support in working class communities and lost support in middle class areas, whilst the Labour party is making further gains with middle class voters.

It is doubtful that the Conservatives can win a majority at a future general election without a stronger appeal to the middle class. The party is facing a problem that the Labour Party has experienced in the past – strength in certain areas where votes are piled up due to our First Past The Post electoral system – but failing to build sufficient support outside these areas. The Conservatives are increasingly strong in rural areas and smaller towns, and weak in cities and large towns.

The Conservatives’ London problem, demonstrated in last year's General Election, with the loss of seats such as Battersea, is now becoming increasingly prevalent across the country. How can the Conservatives appeal to liberal ‘remain’ voters while remaining true to their leave voting electoral base who represent the majority of the membership and party activists?

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  • Katy Balls, Political Correspondent, The Spectator (Chair)
  • Dr Phillip Lee MP
  • Lord Andrew Cooper
  • Phillip Blond, Director, ResPublica
  • Lara Spirit, Co-President, Our Future Our Choice

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Room 102, Library of Birmingham, Centenary Square.

5.45 - 7.00pm, Monday 1 October

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