This thesis is an examination of the causes of Conservative electoral decline in Liverpool, from the end of World War Two to the present day, which counters the traditional argument that declining sectarianism, or the premiership of Margaret Thatcher, are the root causes of Conservative decline in Liverpool.
The drive to unseat Corbyn was a crisis of leadership as much as it was an ideological conflict – why else would so many of the supposedly loyalist Corbyn faction have voted for his removal?
This article represents a quantitative challenge to the prevalent qualitative assumption in the academic literature, which claims Cameron’s modernisation project was a failure.
May’s support was drawn from those who backed Remain in the referendum, whilst Leadsom and Gove both drew support from Brexiteers; Leadsom from socially conservative members of the PCP, and Gove from the socially liberal wing.
There was a wider ideological dimension within the parliamentary Conservative Party to advocating Brexit – social conservatives were more likely to advocate Brexit than social liberals.
Whilst popular opinion ascribes Conservative decline in Liverpool to Margaret Thatcher, Conservative Prime Minister from 1979 to 1990, it began a decade before Thatcher gained power.
This is the recording of my keynote talk at the Thatcher Network’s ‘Thatcherism Now’ conference, held at the University of Liverpool in April 2018.
My to-do list is scary. Actually, there’s no single to-do list, but rather a range of different to-do lists scribbled over different apps. Things have gotten so bad that I’ve made a to-do list which comprises solely of ‘sort out to-do lists’. How meta. One of the things that’s been sitting on a few of myContinue reading “3 things I learned from Liverpool’s local election results (number 2’s a shocker!)”
I’m in the process of redrafting a paper on the Conservative decline in Liverpool (what else?) in the 1970s. As a part of this work I wrote a short comment piece summarising my paper, which was was published on ConservativeHome (here), and also made its way on to the Mile End Institute’s blog (here). Please do give itContinue reading “No, Thatcher didn’t cause the Conservative decline in Liverpool”
In attempting to be everything to everybody, the Liberal Democrats are doomed to be nothing to anyone.