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Commentary 2 From values to policy
The Conservative challenge

In the wake of the 1997 election defeat, very few Conservatives spoke of the fear which gripped them: of a party which splits apart and consequently hands power to Labour for a generation. William Hague was elected as a leader for his youth and for a fresh start, undoubtedly because he had abundant talent, but not least because he was the candidate with the least number of enemies. This is the best predictive factor in Conservative leadership elections. Restating Conservative values implies structuring the continuing review of policy explicitly around these values. This chapter talks about these simple values: of freedom, of community, of security, of opportunity and of respect. It articulates consistently the values of Conservatism which reflect and reinforce those values.

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The Conservatives in Crisis

The Tories after 1997

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