It is hardly surprising that the Conservative ‘centre’ has been neglected by students of the Party. It is too easily dismissed as the bit which is left over once the interesting people have been discussed. Conservatives of the centre are also hardest to pin down. The ‘left’ and the ‘right’ obligingly identify themselves by associating with ginger groups — One Nation, the Monday Club, No Turning Back, the 92 Group, and so on. But, to paraphrase Margaret Thatcher, no one ever went on crusade under the banner of centrality. Or rather, if they do raise that standard they have probably lost their battle already, like the short-lived Centre Forward group established by Francis Pym in 1985.


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