Author Archives: Fiona Melville

Votes for 16 and 17 year olds: A chance for Conservatives to be in front of change

As Damian Green says in his introduction to the new Tory Reform Group pamphlet* discussing votes for 16 and 17 year olds, Tories, particularly reforming Tories, should always be careful that the instinct to say “If it is not necessary … Continue reading

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So why did everyone think the Conservatives wouldn’t win?

Setting aside the polls for now (though something clearly went very badly wrong when YouGov’s non-exit poll asking people how they had voted had us on 284 seats), why, when the Conservatives were ahead on the economy, ahead on leadership and … Continue reading

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Conservatives: not so much about big business

David Cameron said something particularly interesting last week. It wasn’t that the next Conservative government will achieve full employment, support another 3 million apprenticeships, double free childcare, increase the percentage of GDP spent on infrastructure investment to more than Labour ever … Continue reading

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The Big Society: Back, and more meaningful than ever!

Regular readers will know I am possibly the world’s biggest fan of the (real) concept behind the Big Society, and also that I have always been a bit disappointed that 1) it was allowed to become portrayed as just being … Continue reading

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Another reason to vote Conservative: troubled families, the state and One Nation

This is another in our regular series of things the Conservatives have delivered in office that are great but which they don’t talk about enough… In Dundee in 1996*, the Family Intervention Project took the hugely brave step of looking … Continue reading

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