Imagine it without any representation from Oxfordshire or Buckinghamshire, and only a handful of MPs from Berkshire and Surrey combined; still representing parts of Blackpool, Middlesborough and Walsall, but not Surrey Heath, Witney, or Wokingham.
Deliver on the economy, make life feel affordable, and ensure people can get a hospital appointment, and that 2019 coalition, might just be prepared to give the Tories a second look.
Census data may reveal once again that the UK has an ageing population, but in some ‘true blue’ Conservative seats, voters are only getting younger.
Denying the South East what it needs to grow and prosper with the misguided intention of being ‘fair’ to the rest of the country is detrimental to all in the end.
More unites these two voter groups than commentators suggest. The Government should be confident in crafting a message that appeals to both.
The authors reply to William Atkinson – who suggested a week ago on this site that it should not.
There are 36 seats in the North where they under-performed predictions, suggesting that the Red Wall has further to fall.
The Government should apply the same energy it has towards achieving Net Zero on Getting Housing Done.
In the aftermath of the by-election, ConHome republishes Henry Hill’s post-May analysis of the threat to the Conservatives in the South.
On the old electoral map, equally-sized seats was an unambiguous win for the Conservatives. But 2019 changes the calculation.
It is nonsense to suggest that ‘levelling up’ demands misdirecting building targets to places where housing is already affordable.
Local factors? The usual backlash against the party in power? Or a long-term trend away from the Conservatives in some of their heartlands?
Council tax and stamp duty are confusing, unpopular, unequal and unfair – so it’s time to replace them.
56 per cent of these voters were persuaded by the Conservatives’ pledge to “Get Brexit done”, compared to 34 per cent of other Tory voters.
The second of a ConHome series this week on the Prime Minister’s Reset Moment – and what should follow from it.