Choosing the Tory Leader: Conservative Party Leadership by Timothy Heppell

By Timothy Heppell

The skill in which the Conservative celebration have made up our minds their celebration management have produced essentially the most dramatic political theatre of the final 4 many years. we've seen the Conservative Party's expanding lack of ability, in particular within the post-Thatcher period, to agree on find out how to pick out a pacesetter and, as soon as chosen, even if that individual should still stay as chief. right here Timothy Heppell observes how the dominance of ideology has been immensely disadvantageous to post-Thatcherite Conservatism. instead of empowering incumbents to venture their management credentials outwards to the citizens and opposed to their Labour counterpart, successive Conservative social gathering leaders were more and more pressured to appear inwards, devoting the most important time to the complexities of intra-party administration and the threats opposed to them from competitors from in the parliamentary party.Integrating debates on management election ideas with the centrality of ideology and pragmatism in management choice, 'Choosing the Tory chief' offers a complete and well timed exam of Conservative celebration management elections given that 1965.

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33 Had he done so then party unity would have been enhanced as his accession would not have resulted in cabinet resignations. Had he done so then the arguments about the method of determining the party leadership would have been avoided and such dramatic terminology as the magic circle would not have entered the lexicon of British politics (Kumarasingham, 2005:14). By his interference Macmillan contributed to the electoral rejection of the Conservatives at the next general election, and the abandonment of the informal processes of consultation for determining the party leadership.

New rules governing the election of the party leader through a ballot of the members of the parliamentary Conservative Party were established in February 1965. Those rules were quickly put to the test following the resignation of DouglasHome in July 1965, through which Edward Heath emerged as the first democratically elected leader of the Conservative Party. 1 CHOOSING THE TORY LEADER The Resignation of Alec Douglas-Home The period between losing the general election in October 19641 and his resignation as party leader in July 1965, would involve Douglas-Home engaging in a series of decisions which were reflective of the weakness of his authority and legitimacy as party leader.

The intention had been to create an image of a younger and more dynamic Cabinet and government (Evans and Taylor, 1996:125). 5 However, the advancement of younger ministers served paradoxically to highlight the anachronistic image of Macmillan himself. The butchery of his Cabinet created an indelible image of weakness, whilst the ongoing economic difficulties ensured that an image of incompetence and policy failure remained attached to his government. 6 The cumulative effect of these governing difficulties was a decline in public confidence in the Macmillan Government.

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