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The main point of the Pickles inquest into the Tories’ election failures is that the manifesto should not be left to the prime minister and a close circle of her advisors.

Doesn’t that suggest that he blames Theresa May for producing a manifesto that was utterly out of touch with the demands of the British people?

The Conservative manifesto for the 2017 election was so bad that at least one of its policies was withdrawn before the document was even published.

Other u-turns followed and the Tories are currently raiding Labour’s manifesto for policies they can tolerate supporting, in a bid to steal support from the far more popular party.

It seems to This Writer that the only reason Mrs May wasn’t criticised for failing to turn up to any televised debates is: David Cameron didn’t like them either.

The inquest into the result of the 8 June election, drawn up by former cabinet minister Sir Eric Pickles, made 126 recommendations to make sure the party is better prepared for any future snap elections at a time of political volatility.

One key proposal was a new manifesto committee to make sure policies are properly thought through by senior cabinet ministers, after the document was kept to a tight circle of the prime minister’s advisers at the last election.

He suggested the process of drawing up a manifesto should start within 12 months of the last election, involving the prime minister, chancellor, home secretary, foreign secretary, party chairman, chief executive and chief whip.

The report also confirms … that the Conservatives will look to re-establish a “vibrant youth wing” and make sure there is under-30s representation on the party board and on candidate selection panels.

Source: Eric Pickles calls for Tories to be prepared for snap elections | Politics | The Guardian

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