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New members flood U.K.’s Conservatives, yanking the party right

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The entire Conservative grass roots has grown increasingly exasperated by the government’s failure to deliver Brexit and become even more hard-line of late, but new members have helped push the party right. Nearly 80 percent of those who joined since 2017 support a no-deal Brexit, compared with 60 percent from before 2015, according to research by Tim Bale, a Politics Professor at Queen Mary University of London.

“Some of those with less strident views on the issue may have left the party only to be replaced by Brexiteer-ultras,” Professor Bale wrote, analyzing those survey results. “That, of course, is democracy. But it’s also bloody good news for Boris Johnson.”

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