James Forsyth

The future of Conservatism?

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Conservative Home have just conducted an interesting survey of the candidates in the seats that the Tories have a realistic chance of picking up next time round. 70 of the 192 responded and the results suggest a further shift of gravity in the parliamentary party.

94% think that too many powers have already been transferred to Brussels, 81% want the Barnett formula revised and 62% believe immigration has been detrimental to Britain in the last ten years. This last statistic has things rather backwards to my mind. It is not the immigration that has been harmful to Britain, but the structural problems—a low skilled workforce, welfare dependency and the like—that have created such a demand for foreign workers.

Those worried about Goldsmith-Gummerism can take comfort in the fact that 86% support nuclear power. While the new intake seem set to be a hawkish bunch with 61% favouring “all that is necessary” to stop Iran from going nuclear.

Written byJames Forsyth

James Forsyth is Political Editor of the Spectator. He is also a columnist in The Sun.

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