”I have it on good authority that CCHQ have told Salisbury cons assoc. that they must select a retainer candidate ….”

This is all wrong and disgusting.

If everyone is correct and CCHQ have instructed the Salisbury cons assoc to pick a Remainer candidate, then CCHQ should be told where to go. No wonder the Chair as quit. What is the point of having a local association if they can not proceed as they wish.

Whoever at CCHQ was responsible for this instruction should be dismissed forthwith.

If the Tories lose this election then it will be the fault of CCHQ, have they been infiltrated by Labour, Lib Dems, etc or are they just incompetent?


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”I have it on good authority that CCHQ have told Salisbury cons assoc. that they must select a remainer candidate, the chairman has quit in disgust. Perhaps this is a national directive from CCHQ?”

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John Strafford: The Conservative Party no longer belongs to its members. No wonder it faces an existential crisis. | Conservative Home

The Conservative Party faces an unprecedented existential threat. This arises because there is a wide gap between the hierarchy of the Party, backed by parts of the Parliamentary Party, and the voluntary Party members. The hierarchy of the Party includes the Leader, Party Chairman, Deputy Chairmen, Vice Chairmen, and Treasurer, none of whom have been elected by the members. The backbenchers are reliant on the hierarchy for their promotion within the Party and in Government, and so are mainly deferential to that hierarchy.

The gap between the hierarchy and the members has been growing for the last 20 years since the introduction of the Party’s constitution, and has been brought to a head by Brexit. Roughly 60 per cent of the hierarchy and Parliamentary Party supported remaining in the E.U, whilst 70 per cent of the members of the Party want to leave the E.U. If we do not leave the E.U. on terms that are acceptable to the members of the Party, large numbers will leave it – hence the existential threat. How have we arrived at this appalling situation? We must go back to 1998 to see how this gap was created.

Once the 1998 constitution was brought in, CCHQ began to demolish all lines of communication between the members and the hierarchy. All the checks and balances which existed prior to 1998 were abolished. Pre-1998, the annual Party Conference was organised and run by the National Union (i.e: the voluntary Party). It invited the Leader and other Ministers to speak at the conference. There were motions for debate tabled at the conference and published in a handbook. Votes were taken on the motions. After CCHQ took over, 1999 was the last Conference at which we had motions for debate.

So what else happened after 1998?

The Central Council of voluntary members met twice a year and the Party Chairman and other Ministers used to attend. It consisted of several thousand members, including representatives of the Women’s Organisation, Young Conservatives and others and at which motions for debate on Party organisation were tabled. It was abolished.

The National Union Executive Committee which was regularly addressed by the Party Leader and had elected representatives by the membership was abolished.

Regional meetings for Party members which used to be held four times a year and which had officers elected by the members, motions for debate etc, were all abolished with a couple of exceptions.

Regional meetings of the Conservative Political Centre (CPC) which had officers elected by the members and which discussed policy issues were abolished, also with a couple of exceptions.


Source: John Strafford: The Conservative Party no longer belongs to its members. No wonder it faces an existential crisis. | Conservative Home

The Tories have released an ‘attack video’ of Jeremy Corbyn saying things out loud

Original post from The Independent


Jeremy Corbyn

Predictably, Jeremy Corbyn has faced immense pressure in his first 36 hours as Labour leader.

As well as a number of newspapers threatening “union chaos“, Labour “civil war” and World War Three, the Conservatives have ramped up the attacks.

While Corbyn faced a backlash over the make-up of his new shadow cabinet (where all the top jobs have gone to men), CCHQ released an “attack ad” video on Monday morning featuring clips of the Labour leader stating his beliefs out loud in public.

But using those clips with accompanying eery music and pictures of Bin Laden, Isis and all manner of horrible things has turned it into quite the horror movie:


On Sunday, the party’s campaign headquarters also distributed a series of posters which portrayed not only Corbyn, but the Labour party in general, as a threat to the nation.

It’s nice to know that our government’s response to a “national security threat” is to take to Twitter and ask everyone to RT. Maybe a hashtag could be thrown in the mix too?

More: Here are 15 things that Jeremy Corbyn believes in  ………….’