How to lose votes and alienate people: An examination of the causes of Conservative decline in Liverpool since 1945

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 Strange Death of Tory Liverpool: Conservative Electoral Decline in Liverpool, 1945-1996

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.

Princes Park parkrun review

Short review this week. I’m back in Liverpool for research and interviews, so I couldn’t turn down a chance to run at my home parkrun, Princes Park. The course consists of two and a half laps around Princes Park, which is fairly hilly. The scenery is nice though, and being the only parkrun in South LiverpoolContinue reading “Princes Park parkrun review”

3 things I learned from Liverpool’s local election results (number 2’s a shocker!)

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!)”

No, Thatcher didn’t cause the Conservative decline in Liverpool

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”

Me, myself, and my research: an introduction and an explanation.

It’s been five months since I started my PhD, and I can honestly say I feel like it’s just my second week. The time is flying by, and I have very little I can point to in the way of work – and yet I tell myself I’ll have time to maintain a blog. ForContinue reading “Me, myself, and my research: an introduction and an explanation.”