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Professor Tim Bale, A Conservative secret weapon at the last election – the non-members who worked for victory

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Professor Tim Bale writes for Conservative Home in the Comment section about upcoming UK elections and the role of party supporters in helping to win seats. Professor Bale’s co-authored study observed the actions of party members and Tory-supporting non-members. The study found members are by definition more committed to their party than non-members, even those who see themselves as strong supporters. Professor Bale suggests: “It’s vital to remember – especially perhaps when we’re thinking about the Conservative Party – that there are far more people out there who don’t join the party but strongly support it than there are members.”
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