Party members, who are about to choose the UK’s next prime minister in a leadership election, are despondent after disastrous results in local and European elections. According to research by Tim Bale, Politics Professor at Queen Mary University of London, there are around 160,000 paid up members of the party, down from a peak of 3m in the 1950s. Some 38 per cent of them are aged 66 or over. Recent analysis by Professor Bale and Paul Webb of the University of Sussex, shows that around two-thirds of party members are in favour of leaving the EU without a deal, compared to just a fifth of the wider electorate.
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Professor Bale also co-authored an article for The Scotsman and was interviewed on Euronews Tonight.