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Professor Tim Bale, How the Tory party can solve its membership crisis, in three easy steps


Using the latest research from the Party Members Project, Tim Bale writes in an opinion piece that Conservative party members “don’t look much like voters in general.” He continues: “Over two-thirds are men and nearly nine out of 10 are middle class. Meanwhile, getting on for half the party’s membership is over 65, with only about one in 20 in the 18-24 age group.” The piece also suggests solutions to increase party membership, which includes allowing members a hand in choosing its leader.  
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