Introduction
in The Conservative Party and the extreme right 1945–75
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Conservatives and extreme-right figures joined organisations such as the National Citizens Union. The Conservative Party's main objective after the Second World War remained the same as before it: to achieve and maintain power. It had adapted to changed circumstances and acquiesced in its opponents' political agenda. The Conservative Party's success in gaining power, and the extreme right's failure to attain it, was the most obvious manifestation of its role as a barrier to the extreme right in Britain. This book illustrate that the Conservative Party leadership and bureaucracy did limit the extreme right's chances of success, and also shows that the extent of the Conservative Party's opposition to extreme-right groups and individuals varied. It depicts a Conservative Party that, after 1945, constantly investigated extreme-right groups and individuals, and took action against them. This chapter presents an overview of the chapters included in the book.

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