Consensus Conservatism and extreme right revival, 1951–57
in The Conservative Party and the extreme right 1945–75
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This chapter describes how the Conservative Party dealt with the extreme right after Winston Churchill regained office in 1951, confirming that Central Office based its different actions on its perception of the nature of a group or individual's extremism, and the usefulness of such a group to the Conservative Party. Churchill's reputation probably muted the degree of right-wing criticism because it remained an electoral asset. Central Office was unarguably more positive towards Aims of Industry (AIMS) than other group to the right of the Conservative Party. AIMS provided the valuable service of propagating Conservative Party thinking to a polarised people. Central Office was unlikely to fear that Common Cause was a sectarian, potential rival. Central Office maintained surveillance of right-wing organisations and individuals, whether they were inside or outside the Conservative Party, regardless of what prompted their actions.


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