School of Politics and International Relations

Why UK Conservatives are so good at winning

18 November 2019

Professor of Politics, Professor Tim Bale, wrote an opinion piece for Bloomberg discussing the winning record of the Conservative party throughout UK history. He writes: “British Conservatives can claim to be the world’s oldest and most successful political party. They’ve been written off more than a few times in the 200-plus years they’ve been around. But they’ve always bounced back. Their secret? The ability and willingness to reinvent themselves – even when that means giving up what supposedly defines them and the values they hold most dear. The party’s arch pragmatism doesn’t mean that it’s immune from ideological preoccupations.”
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