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Professor Tim Bale, What chance for a new 'centre ground' party in the UK?


The success of new French President Emmanuel Macron, who created a liberal pro-European party of government, En Marche, from scratch in less than two years, has made some people wonder if it could happen in the UK. The BBC asks whether launching a new party with the same old, tarnished Westminster faces is likely to turn voters off? Professor Tim Bale says: "You would need at least 100 or so MPs”, adding that it would need to be a "spectacular" and game-changing coup. ”It would need to be exciting enough - and big enough and sexy enough - to convince people."
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