The gap between Conservative Party members and Conservative MPs has never been wider.

Twice the members provided them with a leader, and twice they defenestrated them.

In a final twist, they then deprived the membership of their right to choose their new leader.

The blame for the current debacle lies squarely with MPs. The members provided the MPs with a vote-winning leader in 2019, and he delivered the biggest Conservative majority since Margaret Thatcher. The MPs did not have to stampede against him.

They did not have to present us with a choice of Liz Truss versus Rishi Sunak. They did not have to undermine Liz Truss from the start, and they did not have to move against her. They did not have to conspire to boot Boris and Penny out of the race. So many things they have done have been choices, and few of them have been in the interest of our country let alone our party.

So where do Conservative Party members turn next?

Before you tear up your membership card, we’ve sought the advice of a constitutional expert and asked him how ordinary Conservative Party members can make their voices heard right now, whilst retaining their membership for a future leadership contest.

Our constitutional expert is clear: “Members need to know more about how the Executive Council of their Association works. This is the governing body of each constituency for the Conservative Party. It has all kinds of powers, including over who runs for the Conservatives next time.”

“Members need to know more about how the Executive Council of their Association works. It has all kinds of powers, including over who runs for the Conservatives next time.”

He added: “Members can apply to join the Executive Council as a representative for their local area. Their job is to speak up for local members and help run the association. They don’t have to take on an officer role, they can just sit as a member of the Executive Council.”

When asked how members might influence candidate selection, he pointed to the constitution:

“Article 15.2 of Schedule 7 sets out the process.

“It starts by the Executive Council calling for the sitting MP to see if they wish to stand again. Even if an Executive Council has already called for the MP and re-adopted them, they can call again – they’re within their rights to change their mind in light of new information that may cast a doubt on the suitability of the MP to continue as a Conservative MP.” 

Would that deselect the MP?

“Not quite, or at least not yet. It would appear the MPs are provided with a level of protection that was denied to Boris Johnson – in that they can be added to a ballot of local party members who will case their judgment on whether or not they want to keep the MP. 

“If a sitting Conservative MP loses a motion at the Executive Council they can push to a postal ballot of local members, which in a democratic party should be nothing to fear. If the MP has done a good job over the last few years they will surely win that ballot.”

If they fail, however, then a future vacancy is declared and the association calls for the list of approved candidates from Conservative Central Office. 

But what if members don’t want to look at deselection, how can they just make sure the MP is held more accountable for their actions over time?

“Dig your heels in, and roar like a Conservative lion should.”

“It may be better to avoid deselection, as that does get very messy. But members should still use the Executive Council to hold their MP’s feet to the fire.

“They can contact their local representative and ask them to raise concerns at a meeting, or they can write to the chairman to demand a meeting specifically to discuss concerns. There should be a standing agenda item at each meeting to hear from the MP and the Executive Council should use this as an opportunity to hold them to account.”

There we have it, folks. Get in touch with your local Chairman and ask them for details of the Executive Council. Who sits on it? Who represents your area? When are the next elections to the Executive Council. 

If this sorry debacle has taught party members anything, it should be that members need to grip MPs tightly, and make sure this situation can never happen again.

The work is hard, the Executive Council meetings can be boring, but stick with it, dig your heels in, and roar like a Conservative lion should.

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9 COMMENTS

  1. I will not support you, I think it is appalling how you have ignored the people that have supported you. You are where you are because you cast aside the democracy. I have been a tory all my life you have wrecked that. So no will not support you until you become a decent democratic party again and Boris is back. How could you make such a grave mistake with the tory faithfuls

  2. Yesterday I was close to changing my allegiance to the Reform Party, just stopped myself when Suella Braverman was appointed. This made my mind up to stay loyal as I saw it as the most important appointment. But just now, having heard that fracking is not going to happen I have now completely lost faith as I had expected that if Rishi Sunak is as clever as they say he is, he would dump the fantasy that is ‘climate emergency’ as we all know now that this is just part of the world wide plan to keep us in our place and do as we are told.
    Ideally for me, when the ‘lefties’ wear you down (as they will!) to a point where you let Suella ‘resign’ again, my hope is she moves over to the Reform Party, taking most of the country with her. Then we will see the end of the migrant crisis, Brexit sorted out properly and energy independence. This will sort out all of our problems.

    • Suella’s case is a gift to the Labour Party – they’ll go on and on about it forever now. But if she managed to get back in by just being repentant, why not Boris? It all stinks.
      Can’t vote Reform, too far right (a bit sus – Nigel is a friend of Trump). The CP has to clean out its benches, starting with the 1922 Committee.

  3. Absolutely agree with you Sue.
    For the moment I am keeping my options open and watching carefully how Rishi Sunak and his new cabinet perform on the really important issues that you have identified.
    NB – have just seen that the fracking ban has definitely been re-imposed, so that is strike 1.

    • Agreed, I’m worried that the pressure put on them to get rid of Boris and Liz and forcing so many ‘U Turns’, the Left will think they can do anything they want now and put the pressure on to get rid of Suella with every expectation of success. The decision to not start fracking was probably because they knew Labour is dead against it, so don’t have the will to fight against the pressure that will come if they were to go ahead with it. Hopefully, if things go well and the polls improve, in time confidence will return and Rishi will have the guts to trust us and stand up against the lefty bullies. Unfortunately the polls came to the attention of the left a long time ago as a tool to manipulate them and make everyone think they are the wishes of a cross section of the population. You only have to look at YouGov daily questions each day to see the influence of the socialist supporters.

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