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Conservative members have less influence on policy than those in the other major parties

Conservative members have less influence on policy than those in the other major parties | POLITICAL PARTIES | Scoop.it
David Cameron's speech to the Conservative Party conference in Manchester today marks the end of the major parties' conference season. In the 2012 audit of UK democracy, Stuart Wilks-Heeg, Andrew B...
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The costly process of becoming an election candidate

The costly process of becoming an election candidate | POLITICAL PARTIES | Scoop.it
Prospective parliamentary candidates past and present discuss their experiences of trying to get selected to contest a seat.
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candidate selection

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The Conservatives' disastrous primary election in South East Cambridgeshire should not deter other local parties from using primaries

The Conservatives' disastrous primary election in South East Cambridgeshire should not deter other local parties from using primaries | POLITICAL PARTIES | Scoop.it
The Conservatives recently selected Lucy Frazer as their parliamentary candidate for South East Cambridgeshire  following a mishandled primary election that, bizarrely, mirrored the plot of a Jeffr...
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Conservatives: Tea Party Tories | Editorial

Conservatives: Tea Party Tories | Editorial | POLITICAL PARTIES | Scoop.it
Editorial: It is the case that most activists are significantly to the right of most of their MPs
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Ed Miliband boldly goes where even Tony Blair feared to tread | Andrew Rawnsley

Ed Miliband boldly goes where even Tony Blair feared to tread | Andrew Rawnsley | POLITICAL PARTIES | Scoop.it
Andrew Rawnsley: If the Labour leader's proposals get through he'll have done more to democratise his party than any predecessor
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BBC Radio 4 - What Does Ed Miliband Really Think?

BBC Radio 4 - What Does Ed Miliband Really Think? | POLITICAL PARTIES | Scoop.it
Steve Richards talks to Ed Miliband, his friends and critics about his political ideas.
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Milbandism

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Why Ed Miliband would like to see himself as the heir to Teddy Roosevelt | Andrew Rawnsley

Why Ed Miliband would like to see himself as the heir to Teddy Roosevelt | Andrew Rawnsley | POLITICAL PARTIES | Scoop.it
Andrew Rawnsley: The Labour leader's role model is the early 20th-century American president. But he has a lot to learn from his hero
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Milibandism

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Democratic Audit - Parties as membership organisations

Democratic Audit - Parties as membership organisations | POLITICAL PARTIES | Scoop.it
Examines trends in the membership of UK political parties in the 1960s. Statistics show a steep decline in UK party membership. Membership of most smaller UK political parties grew during the 2000s. Party activism is also in steep decline.
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Decline in party membership.

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The decline of the political party: what comes after?

The decline of the political party: what comes after? | POLITICAL PARTIES | Scoop.it
The decline in political party membership in the UK is a recipe for a crisis of legitimacy. The parties continue as the monopolists of access to political careers and to political office, but in a ...
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The decline of political parties

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Lonely at the top

Lonely at the top | POLITICAL PARTIES | Scoop.it
BELONGING to a political party has never been cheaper. It costs just €20 ($25) a year to be a member of the Socialist Party in France. Britain’s Conservatives...
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The decline of political parties

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The question that the Lib Dems are desperate not to answer

The question that the Lib Dems are desperate not to answer | POLITICAL PARTIES | Scoop.it
Andrew Rawnsley: The party is split in so many ways over whether it would prefer to govern with Labour or the Tories
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Party policy and ideology: Liberal Democrats

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Is David Cameron's grip on the Conservative Party too tight?

Is David Cameron's grip on the Conservative Party too tight? | POLITICAL PARTIES | Scoop.it
Is it right that the PM can dictate to a local association?
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10 things you need to know about Ed Miliband’s party reforms

10 things you need to know about Ed Miliband’s party reforms | POLITICAL PARTIES | Scoop.it
Ed Miliband has confirmed – in an interview with the Guardian this evening – the details of his proposed party reform plans. These reforms are a big deal, and are a significant change. The one thing that everyone I’ve spoken to this evening who has an insight into the negotiations – from
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Labour party leadership reforms

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We are increasingly being governed by people with a diminished experience of the world beyond politics

We are increasingly being governed by people with a diminished experience of the world beyond politics | POLITICAL PARTIES | Scoop.it
There is a growing trend for people to come into politics more or less straight from university. They are undoubtedly clever but this does not compensate for a deficiency of experience in other wal...
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Is Parliament representative?

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The way we fund our political parties needs to change if we are to avoid more scandals

The way we fund our political parties needs to change if we are to avoid more scandals | POLITICAL PARTIES | Scoop.it
Party political funding scandals have become a a regular feature of political life, with the Conservatives, Labour and the Liberal Democrats all having been tainted at various times. Bobby Friedman...
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Party funding

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Tory Tea Party? War on Women? Rubbish – the deselections are down to a welcome grassroots revival | Conservative Home

Tory Tea Party? War on Women? Rubbish – the deselections are down to a welcome grassroots revival | Conservative Home | POLITICAL PARTIES | Scoop.it
Party members are more willing to exercise their rights - and we will get better MPs as a result.
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Intra party democracy - candidate selection

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Emily Maitlis

Emily Maitlis | POLITICAL PARTIES | Scoop.it
Political editor, BBC Newsnight
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Intra party democracy - Labour

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The strange death of Liberal Democrat Britain?

The strange death of Liberal Democrat Britain? | POLITICAL PARTIES | Scoop.it
He was the fresh-faced politician on the block in 2010. But with the Rennard row showing no signs of easing, Nick Clegg looks weary and his party is in the doldrums. So what next for the Lib Dems?
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Liberal Democrats

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Freedom fighter

Freedom fighter | POLITICAL PARTIES | Scoop.it
ONLY a handful of peacetime politicians can claim to have changed the world. Margaret Thatcher was one. She transformed not just her own Conservative Party, but the...
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Thatcherism

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The way we fund our political parties needs to change if we are to avoid more scandals

The way we fund our political parties needs to change if we are to avoid more scandals | POLITICAL PARTIES | Scoop.it
Party political funding scandals have become a a regular feature of political life, with the Conservatives, Labour and the Liberal Democrats all having been tainted at various times. Bobby Friedman...
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Party funding

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Party conferences are far from perfect, but our democracy would be worse off without them

Party conferences are far from perfect, but our democracy would be worse off without them | POLITICAL PARTIES | Scoop.it
The Liberal Democrats began their party conference over the weekend, with Labour and the Conservatives following suit before the month ends. But with their democratic purpose being hollowed out, th...
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The decline of the political party: What comes after?

The decline of the political party: What comes after? | POLITICAL PARTIES | Scoop.it
The decline in political party membership in the UK is a recipe for a crisis of legitimacy. The parties continue as the monopolists of access to political careers and to political office, but in a ...
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The decline of political parties

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In thrall to the brothers

In thrall to the brothers | POLITICAL PARTIES | Scoop.it
FOR an optimistic glimpse of contemporary Britain, Bagehot recommends a trip to Bournemouth pier. One of southern England’s historic and still popular resort...
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Labour's relationship with the trade unions

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