CONSERVATIVES, YOUR PARTY NEEDS YOU: Don’t let Sunak and the Brady bunch stitch up democracy… again!

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By Andrew Hunt.

Rishi Sunak has just given his resignation speech. Except not quite.

Britain’s worst Leader in history is staying on till ‘formal arrangements for a successor have taken place.’

Chairman Richard holden is also trying to cling on ‘Like Putin rebuilding Ukraine.’ Bad smell analogies abound.

How odd. There are already ‘formal arrangements’ in place for selecting the successor. What this means is that Rishi and his wets are determined to change them.

Since William Hague’s disastrous 1998 reforms, the party has been tearing itself away from its voters. According to the latest plans, the complete disenfranchisement of the grassroots will soon be complete. We will not even get a say on the leadership. This is the final step by the One Nation Caucus to freeze out the grass-roots and become a Lib Dem tribute band. That guarantees oblivion and no credible Conservative opposition for a generation.

We have a fight on our hands. That fight must begin today, and every Conservative must do their bit.

We have a fight on our hands. That fight must begin today, and every Conservative must do their bit.

The Wets’ rationale for this this requires a contempt for democracy and reinterpretation of history that is more ‘Vlad Putin Tory’ and ‘One Nation Tory.’ Apparently it’s all our fault. Because we chose Liz truss, and the MPs knew better.

Hang on! The MPs kicked out Boris. Then, out of a field of nearly four hundred, they gave us the choice between Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak. We do not know whether Truss would have recovered; MPs did not give her the chance. But the Truss Trough was still higher than the Sunak sink.

Then MPs, in breach of the constitution, and again with nearly 400 alternatives, unanimously selected Rishi Sunak with no membership approval. The man proved the most disastrous leader in the party’s history; yet still they let him carry on fiddling, failing and lying for almost two years.

Note that membership polls at the time of the ballots showed that Boris Johnson, Kemi Badenoch and Penny Mordaunt amongst many others were more popular than Sunak. Yet we were never given the choice.

Two years on MPs are telling us, maybe Kemi is the answer, and let’s bring back a bit of Boris.

Yet somehow, this is all our fault!

The seeds of catastrophe were sown in 1998, when power was taken from local constituencies in favour of a centralised HQ. All power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.   The party soon became an opaque fortress of vested interests. From then on money, wokery and pliancy ruled the day. This is how Rishi Sunak got his job. With no frontline political experience, Sunak walked out of a Californian hedge fund into the 15th safest seat in the country, with not a day of hard work. He was made PM having only ever lost a leadership contest. Is it any wonder rubbish Rishi crumpled like paper? By contrast, Lady Thatcher got there on merit. For thirty years she knocked on doors, fought lost, and won elections, explained her beliefs and stared down her foes. The Iron Lady was forged by the heat of our members. 

It’s not just Rishi. We have lost bi-election after bi-election, from Shropshire to Chesham, by rejecting popular local councillors for CCHQ apparatchiks, parachuted in from London to talk at people they have nothing but contempt for.  CCHQ must own this mess. Only a re-empowered membership can fix it. 

It’s not just Rishi. We have lost bi-election after bi-election, from Shropshire to Chesham, by rejecting popular local councillors for CCHQ apparatchiks, parachuted in from London to talk at people they have nothing but contempt for.  CCHQ must own this mess. Only a re-empowered membership can fix it. 

The fact those entitled MP’s and CCHQ apparatchiks think they have earned the right to oversee themselves beggars belief. Chris Pincher, Partygate and Matt Hancock were all ‘open secrets’ among this bunch. Then there’s the flagrant lies, the ‘conflicts of interest’, and the unforgiveable and wilful failure to protect Parliament from corruption, China, vested interests and activist civil servants.

We see the nepo-baby entitlement in the pathetic Conservative campaign. Frankly the definition of a conservative is someone who preferred Reform’s Manifesto to our own. The party offered nothing, other than stone-throwing at other parties. ‘Vote Labour and you’ll get tax hikes, mass migration, rampant crime, defence cuts, wokery gone mad, net zero bankruptcy, red tape…’ Hang on, is that not exactly what you have just spent the past 14 years delivering, and with no plan to stop. The irony was tragic.

The diagnosis is pretty simple.  The party has failed because it has acted like the most left-wing government in British history while talking like a right-wing government. No matter your view, no electorate could vote for this level of duplicity and contempt. 

The people have spoken. Even the threat of a Labour supermajority was not enough to override the sheer sense of betrayal people feel. In a super Op-ed in the Telegraph, Lord Frost has made clear that those who did this need to own this. They need to apologise, leave the stage and make way for the scrutiny and judgement of their last remaining, inexplicably loyal grassroots.

They need to apologise, leave the stage and make way for the scrutiny and judgement of their last remaining, inexplicably loyal grassroots.

Then we must decide: are we a truly conservative party who talks like one and acts like one? Or are we a centrist party who talks like one and acts like one?

The MPs have tried and have failed to answer that: descending into perennial infighting and backstabbing. Only the members can settle it; and then hold MPs accountable to it.

That process must begin with an open leadership contest; with members offered at least four candidates over at least two rounds of rigorous debate.  

We will not tolerate another undemocratic coronation that lumped us with Rishi; or MPs rigging the system to block popular candidates, as per the Conservative Democratic Organisation:

Knowing that Boris Johnson, or even Penny Mordaunt in his absence, would win the members’ vote has caused MPs basically to rig the voting process so that neither candidate was put to members for a vote – Boris had 102 and Mordaunt 98 – with media reports of threats and incentives to MPs supporting non-Sunak candidates to switch taking place all weekend before the vote. 

Crucially, two rounds and four candidates would give members a good view on whom they were voting for. One of the extraordinary things about Truss and Sunak, is how bad they have turned out to be. Members and MPs did not know their plans or personalities at all.

Two rounds and four candidates would force the candidates to put their cards on the table and debate every major policy area. It would allow us to see how they held up against different personalities (left, centre, right, single-issue, etc), and it would leave space for young talent to shine rather than just the well-connected veterans.  

It is a good test of electability. You have to communicate and know what voters want. It’s no good being chummy with MPs if you’re not roadworthy with your voters. Leadership contests should serve as the dress rehearsal for a General Election.

This is just the start. We must change the constitution to give the party back to its members. To choose our Leader, our Chairman, Our Treasurer. To choose our local MPs, to have the final say on party policy, and to have access to those who represent us. 

This is just the start. We must change the constitution to give the party back to its members. To choose our Leader, our Chairman, Our Treasurer. To choose our local MPs, to have the final say on party policy, and to have access to those who represent us. 

If we do not, then Reform will do it for us. In the past week, Reform has made clear they will become a democratic membership-driven party after the election. Reform are opportunists. They know our members are the best members in the world, active and loyal.  They will make Conservative membership fully fungible into Reform membership. Then the last asset this party has will walk out the door. 

There is still hope. There is a road back to conservative government a road back to hope for the nation. But it needs the Conservative Party to become the most democratic party in Britain.

Please make your voice known to your local Conservative MP, and Constituency Chairman and Committee. Also please join the CDO today and help us fight for members’ rights and democracy.


Author Andrew Hunt graduated from Cambridge with a Law degree in 2003. He worked in TV production before moving into finance. It was here that he became fascinated by how personal investors and small companies could turn negligible resources into enormous fortunes. Applying the same mindset and principles, Hunt was able to retire in his thirties. He now invests in interesting projects which aim to make the world a better place and runs a radical centre-right environmental think tank. He is also the author of Better Value Investing and a senior advisor at the Conservative Democratic Organisation (CDO).

4 COMMENTS

  1. I won’t get a say on the next leader as I resigned from the party after Liz Truss was ousted. It was bad enough that they betrayed the membership and voters by removing Boris, but to then disrespect the membership again with Truss was a step too far for me. I voted Tory yesterday not because I think they deserved my vote, but because we didn’t deserve to have a supermajority Labour Party foisted upon us by a duplicitous group of one nation, faux Tories.
    I know I will always been a conservative, but I will only return as an active supporter if and only if, they return to proper conservative values.

  2. I agree with every word Andrew Hunt as written on this.
    I held my nose and voted for my local Tory candidate and not Reform but it was an effort.
    We must become a Tory Party again. I emailed the Party Chairman on numerous occasions telling him we can never succeed as a party with closet Lib dem MPs and by trying to “out Labour” Labour.

  3. I voted for my local conservative MP, who very much shares and acts for Conservative Democrats.
    Unfortunately he didn’t get this time.
    Mr Jonathan Lord for Woking,was a 1st class MP. Unfortunately lib Democrats got all of Woking.
    I very much want to see what Andrew has said. I think this is very INPORTANT.
    Nigel Farage has 23 per cent of who we want, to have him after Sunak.
    I don’t know him enough. I can see he’ll really challenge Labour.
    I want to see our group rise above this.
    I don’t want UNELECTED IN.
    I can see Suella Braverman has risen very much.
    How long are we going to have to wait?
    I see Jeremy Hunt says; we must take a lot of time before we decide.
    I b would love to see Priti Patel, Suella Braverman; definitely Boris Johnson if you can beg him back.
    I just watched how much people love and adore him.
    We listened to people’s chat.
    I’d love to see Lord Frost back to.
    I understand that 9th July will be lived streamed.
    If this can be saved video please.
    I in London Hospital;all day,or I would have come.
    Can I be sent the link to this email address with links.

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