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The Bruges Group spearheaded the intellectual battle to win a vote to leave the European Union and, above all, against the emergence of a centralised EU state.
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The Conservative future?


So, now we have "change", whatever that means (it isn't clear); the Labour version of that word (whatever that is) allied with the Lib-Dem version, but certainly not Reform's meaning of the word.

Meanwhile, the Conservative Party has split itself to oblivion. The parliamentarians and wider party were split as well, with the latter's wishes as to leader ignored. Also, CCHQ treated everyone not in its charmed circle of trust (including members and associations) as meddling outsiders. If anything should change, this must.

Although the author of its own demise in many ways, a lot of its travails were a result of external factors such as the pandemic, supply chain crisis, war in Europe, energy crisis and inflation that have adversely affected government around Europe. However, mistakes were made and blatant ones.

Even after all that, the share of the vote did not collapse as it could have done. What gave the party the coup de grace wasn't Labour and the Lid-Dems so much as Reform. Add the Conservative and Reform votes together around the country and it is not difficult to see that were they combined the result would have been very different.

A ray of hope for the Conservatives is that parties with a large majority tend to split to form their own opposition without a strong official one. So, a very large majority is not such good news for Kier Starmer.

The Conservative Party must now decide its direction carefully. Combatting a Europhile Labour Government supported by the Lib-Dems means unity is essential, but the Party should know what it is first and the country understand that.

The rebuild starts here and now. What is important is that Conservatives and the remaining MPs must be integrity first and a principle-driven party rather than a career-driven one. Integrity and country first should be its motto.

The party should not become a copy of Reform any more than become Blairite again, but find its own way according to what it is. Not following public opinion but leading it.

If this election indicates anything, it is that the most constructive way to save the Party and win seats back is for genuine Conservatives to take back the Conservative Party on an association by association basis, and then move on to secure strong candidates and proper policies representing the traditional enduring values of Conservativism for the next local and general elections.

This means that members and associations reclaim the Party at the earliest opportunity. They and representatives in Parliament becoming in tune with one another again. The associations should work together separately from CCHQ and have ultimate choice of candidates whose knowledge of traditional Conservative principles and the local area could be assessed.

Parliamentary advisors should also be filtered for commitment and knowledge of Party history and values.

The Conservative Party will return to power, not because it is the natural party of government, but because it is the best and serves the interests of our beloved country best. Our sovereignty will be preserved thereby. 

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