December 9, 2005
A PARTY THAT GETS 30% OF THE VOTE NEEDS TO ALIENATE ITS CORE:
Cameron in rush to make party changes (Rachel Sylvester and Alice Thomson, 09/12/2005, Daily Telegraph)
David Cameron intends to stamp his authority on the Conservatives by pushing ahead quickly with controversial changes.Posted by Orrin Judd at December 9, 2005 9:14 AM
In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, Francis Maude, the reappointed Tory chairman, says that the new leader's resounding victory this week gave him an "overwhelming mandate" to change the party, to make it "fit for the 21st century".
Plans include the introduction of positive action to encourage the selection of more women candidates, the creation of a new disciplinary panel and scrapping the week-long annual conference.
Mr Maude's blueprint for reform will put him on a collision course with some traditionalists, who fear it will over-centralise power and alienate core supporters.