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The Conservative Party, officially the Conservative and Unionist Party, is a centre right political party in the United Kingdom. Also known as the Tories.

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What is Rishi Sunak's reasoning/incentive to talk of a hung parliament, rather than a Labour majority, right now?

Since the 2024 UK local elections were held last week, Rishi Sunak has claimed that the general election result is "not a foregone conclusion", and that there may be a hung parliament at the ...
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What is preventing the UK from stopping arms exports to Israel?

Recent polling has shown that a majority of the UK public supports banning arms exports to Israel. A recent YouGov poll showed that 56% of all UK voters support a ban whilst 17% are against a ban. ...
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Is the occurrence of sexual misdemeanors amongst the UK Conservative parliamentary party exceptional?

The 2019 intake of Conservative MPs into UK's parliament numbered 365. Since then at least 6 Tory MPs have been suspended or resigned for engaging in sexual related misconduct. These are: Julian ...
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Does there exist a schematic diagram of the different factional conflicts inside the Conservative Party?

Clearly there is serious unrest and a lot of infighting within the present Tory party. That much is plain from the reports in the media. There are a number of predictable political axes on which MPs ...
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By what process did it come about that 100 nominations are now required for the Conservative leadership election in October '22

In elections there is normally a set of rules for running the election and those rules are either consistent from vote to vote, or there is a clear process for changing the rules. In the summer of ...
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Who exactly has the authority to expel members from the Conservative Party?

Today William Wragg MP made remarks in Parliament in which he undertook to vote in line with a three-line whip on a vote described as a confidence motion in the Government. The reason he gave – for ...
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What would happen if the current prime minister lost their seat in a general election? [duplicate]

I was just reading this article about Liz Truss’s seat in Norfolk, and how the constituents are slowly revoking their support. It made me wonder what would happen in the (unlikely) scenario where the ...
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What were the key factors that led to Truss being a finalist in the MPs vote and then winning the popular party vote, in the UK?

Like the question says. Now that the UK Conservative Party voting is done and a new Prime Minister installed (or imminently so today), what were the factors that led to her being one of the two ...
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Do Conservative party members care about the Northern Ireland protocol?

A lot of pro-Brexit politicians are outraged by the fact that the Northern Ireland protocol has imposed an economic border “in the middle of our country”. Most British people on the other hand, ...
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What drives the appeal and nostalgia of Margaret Thatcher within UK Conservative Party?

In light of the ongoing UK Conservative leadership race, a lot has been said about the legacy of Margaret Thatcher. In particular, one of the candidates Liz Truss often invokes the image of Thatcher ...
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What are the consequences of "losing the whip"? [duplicate]

A (UK) Conservative MP has recently "lost the whip", i.e. he has been suspended from the parliamentary Conservative Party. What practical consequences does this have for the MP in question? ...
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Are there provisions for a tie in the Conservative leadership election?

I understand that in the final round of voting, the 3rd placed candidate is eliminated and the remaining two are placed on the ballot for party members. Given the close numbers seen in previous rounds,...
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Could Boris Johnson have run for re-election in the July 2022 Conservative party leadership election?

On July 7, 2022, Boris Johnson announced his intention to resign as leader of the Conservative Party, and to leave the office of Prime Minister after the conclusion of a leadership election. Could ...
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Could a Conservative leader who loses the party's confidence vote refuse to resign as Prime Minister?

At time of writing, a vote of no-confidence in Boris Johnson is due to happen on the evening of 2022-06-06 between 1800 and 2000, as more than 54 letters (15% of all Conservative MPs) have been ...
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Over what period must the no-confidence letters in the leader of the UK Conservative party be received?

A vote of no-confidence in Boris Johnson has recently (as of 06.06.2022) been triggered due to more than 54 letters (15% of all Conservative MPs) having sent letters to the chair of the 1922 committee....
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What are the current factions and policy/ideological splits in the UK Conservative party?

The Johnson government had higher spending than previous Labour governments. He started by ousting a lot of the hawkish members such as Sajid Javid. Liz Truss has been a member of both this ...
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Is there any political reason for the UK Conservative party choosing to hold a conference in a place where they have the least support?

The UK Conservative party have just recently concluded their party conference in Manchester. It alternates annually between Birmingham and Manchester. Neither city is particularly pro-Tory, but ...
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Of what importance was the Westland affair?

I've been reading M. Thatcher's book The_Downing_Street_Years, and she spends a lot of time discussing the Westland affair. Her account seems completely orthogonal to the one given in the Wikipedia (...
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Conservative Party UK - House building paradox

The Conservative party in the UK are supposedly the party of free markets and yet, when it comes to housing, they seem comfortable declaring that they (the government) will build X thousand new homes ...
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Which Tory MPs have called for Dominic Cummings' resignation?

The BBC is reporting that over 35 Conservative MPs have now called on Boris Johnson's chief adviser, Dominic Cummings, to resign after his Monday statement defending his travel to Durham during the ...
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Who becomes Conservative Acting Leader in the event of the Leader's death or incapacitation?

In 1994, when Labour Leader John Smith suddenly died, the Deputy Leader Margaret Beckett became Acting Leader until a leadership election could take place. The Conservative Party has not had a Deputy ...
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Why does the Scottish National Party object to being called nationalist?

On a number of occasions in the House of Commons I have noticed MPs, usually Conservatives, referring to the Scottish National Party (SNP) as "the Scottish Nationalist Party", or just "...
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What difference did the Brexit Party's decision to stand down in Conservative seats make to the result of the 2019 General Election?

On the 11th of November - a month before the general election - the leader of the Brexit Party, Nigel Farage, announced that the party would not field candidates in seats that had been won in the ...
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What's the procedure of the Tory party if the Prime Minister lost his seat in the upcoming UK general election?

It is quite possible that Mr Johnson loses his seat in the upcoming general election, while the Conservative party gains a majority. Does the Conservative party have official procedures for what ...
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Why did the Conservatives yield the Speaker chair?

I know it has been a tradition of sorts for the Speaker to alternate between the main parties, but isn't it rather dangerous for the Conservatives to have allowed a Labour MP (Hoyle) to become speaker,...
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Haven't the DUP violated their confidence-and-supply arrangement?

One of the key points of the DUP-Tory agreement arranged in 2017 was that the DUP would support the Tories in key votes, including those on Brexit. However, to my memory, they have not supported the ...
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Did the ERG leadership comment on the deal agreed by Johnson with the EU?

I think most other significant parties (Labour, SNP, LibDems, DUP) have taken a stance on the Johnson-EU deal, rejecting it. Of note however is that 18 Labor MPs have vowed to defect (i.e. support ...
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When Conservative MPs lose the whip, do they retain the right to vote in leadership elections?

Were 48 letters put into the 1922 Committee calling for a vote of no-confidence in Boris Johnson as PM, would those members who have lost the whip be allowed to vote?
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What does the Conservative Party expelling an MP mean?

According to the BBC news (in Brexit: PM in new battle after Commons vote defeat published 30 minutes ago) the Conservative Party “expelled” 21 MPs for voting against instruction: Meanwhile, No 10'...
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What did Boris Johnson mean when he said "extra 34 billion going into the NHS"

According to a speech given by Boris Johnson on 2nd September 2019, there are plans for "an extra 34 billion going into the NHS". What does "going into" mean in this context? Given that the annual ...
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Does a newly elected UK Tories leader enjoy a period of immunity from a leadership challenge?

When Theresa May faced an internal vote of no confidence and won in December 2018, she was safe from facing another one for a year. Does a new leader of the Conservative party enjoy a simlilar period ...
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Can a foreign citizen cast a vote in the UK Conservative Party leadership election 2019?

To donate more than £500 to the Conservative party, you must be on the UK electoral register, according to these rules. But there does not seem to be the same restriction on becoming a party member. ...
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What do Tory leadership candidates hope to gain by saying they will renegotiate the Withdrawal Agreement?

Assuming that it is accepted that there is very little to no chance of being able to re-open negotiations on the Withdrawal Agreement between the EU and UK, what do Tory leadership candidates hope to ...
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Why is Andrea Leadsom so unpopular in the 2019 Conservative leadership contest?

Apparently, Andrea Leadsom only has the declared support of two MPs in the 2019 Conservative leadership contest, herself and Heather Wheeler. In contrast, Boris Johnson, Michael Gove, Jeremy Hunt, or ...
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Of the 34 Conservatives who voted against the Withdrawal Agreement last time, how many are remainers?

There were 34 Conservatives who voted against May's last attempt (that was put to a vote) on March 29 to pass the Withdrawal Agreement she agreed with EU. I recognized only one remainer on that list: ...
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Have any of the "hard Brexit" Tories who voted against May's Withdrawal Agreement in late March stepped forward to be PM?

Both Dominic Raab and Boris Johnson voted for May's Withdrawal Agreement (WA) on March 29 (after voting against on March 12.) Did any of the "true hard" Brexiteers in the sense that they preferred a ...
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Who will lead the country until there is a new Tory leader?

Theresa May has just announced that she will resign as Prime Minister on 7th June. It has also been announced that the new Tory Leader will not be chosen until mid-July. (This is to account for all ...
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Why have hardline Tory eurosceptics not resigned the whip to bring down the Government?

If my maths is correct, the Tory/DUP coalition has 323 seats. The opposition has 320. This means only two Tory MPs need to resign the whip to force a new Government: which presumably is exactly what ...
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What are the consequences of MP's resigning from Government

Excuse my ignorance, but I don't get what the significance is of a few of MP's threatening the Prime Minister to quit if she doesn't do something (example: currently if she doesn't assure UK won't ...
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In the UK Conservative party, what happens when a vote of no confidence in the leader fails?

So Theresa May is facing a vote of no confidence in her leadership of the Conservative party today. It's unclear if she will be ousted or not. What happens if the vote fails?
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Why are UK MPs targeting the prime minister and not the deal?

Given that the Prime Minister's activity that has given rise to discontent in her own party, that any EU deal is subject to an imminent meaningful vote, and that no alternative candidate nor markedly ...
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What if nobody wants the job as leader of the UK Conservative Party?

This question as quite hypothetical as I don't believe it will come to pass, but… There is an ongoing situation in which Theresa May, Leader of the United Kingdom Conservative Party and Prime ...
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If the conservative party is so divided on the (right now) most important topic, why are they not splitting courses?

Well living in the Netherlands it is quite common to see parties come and go, where one party splits up and later merges to different parties as situation changes. I keep reading that "internally ...
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Why do the Conservatives bother standing in elections in Northern Ireland?

According to Wikipedia, the Conservative party only started contesting elections in Northern Ireland in the late 1980s, and they haven't ever been close to a breakthrough. Their political philosophy ...
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What are some examples of Islamophobia in the UK Conservative Party

While researching a previous question (What are some examples of antisemitism in the Labour Party?), I found a lot of references to "Tory Islamophobia". The context of these accusations was sometimes ...
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What mischief could be caused by joining a political party in bulk?

In the New Statesman, George Eaton noted that the UK Conservative Party (currently in power as the larger member of a coalition) is experiencing such low membership that it is vulnerable to "entryism",...
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Why do the Tories keep Boris Johnson around? [closed]

Boris Johnson is both a well-known and perennial figure in the British Conservative Party. Despite his highly-educated background, he cultivates a public personality likable to a bumbling-fool while ...
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What criteria need to be met to become a Conservative MP Candidate in the UK?

What criteria need to be met to become a Conservative MP Candidate in the UK? I am considering running as an MP in my home town in the next election (2022) as a Conservative candidate. I am a ...
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What are the key differences between a confidence and supply deal compared to a formal coalition?

It has been widely reported today that the Conservative party have come to a £1Bn+ deal with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) to prop up their minority government, which got me wondering what are ...
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Would a DUP-Conservative alliance breach the Good Friday Agreement?

In Sinn Fein accuses Theresa May of not honouring Good Friday agreement - as it happened: The president of Sinn Fein claims that Theresa May is not honouring the Good Friday Agreement: We told ...
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