The rationale for the book was to allow for a discussion of the main ideological positions within the Conservative Party since 1945 — traditional Toryism, New Right, centre and One Nation — without making an overall evaluation. Therefore, by way of conclusion, this chapter intends to point to some of the main themes from the preceding chapters and to allow readers to make their own judgements.


Social Morality Blue Water Liberal Attitude Conservative Party Constitutional Reform 
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    Figures reported in Alan Travis, ‘Tories back to days of Duncan Smith’, Guardian, 18 November 2004. This article also stated that most Conservative members asked thought that Labour was more in tune with the average views of voters, that one in four thought that the Conservative Party could not win the next general election and that a more sceptical attitude towards the EU was needed. Similar articles appeared in other newspapers.Google Scholar

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