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Land of disillusion: Another former Conservative burns his membership card. [Archive image: Daily Mail!]

The only reason Grant Shapps has demanded that the Conservative Party publish its membership figure is to embarrass Theresa May. That’s fine by This Writer.

Mr Shapps attempted to unseat the minority prime minister last year, after her disastrous performance at the Conservative Party Conference – but before the series of further calamities that befell the Tory government in the months that followed.

And the party membership figure is sore point among Conservatives.

Back in 2013, This Site reported that David Cameron had admitted the Tories had a membership of 134,000 – not the nearly-150,000 quoted in the BBC News article below.

That was a drop of almost half the membership, from the 253,600 who voted in Mr Cameron’s leadership election in 2005.

Now, the figures This Writer is hearing suggest that membership has almost halved again, to around 70,000 – that’s a fall of almost three-quarters in less than 13 years.

It doesn’t mean that much, though.

Remember, nearly 14 million people voted for the Conservatives’ selfish and homicidal policies in June.

They won’t die out of their own accord – privilege understands self-preservation.

The battle for Britain has always been one of persuasion. We must overcome unreasoning tribalism and irrational hatred of those who oppose the privileged few, as well as the Tory policy arguments, to win the stewardship of the United Kingdom and its citizens.

The Conservative Party should “come clean” about how many members it has, its former chairman has said.

Grant Shapps said “transparency” on membership numbers was vital even if the figure appeared to be “embarrassing”.

The party last published figures in 2013, when it had 149,800 members but has refused to publish an update since then.

Activists and academics have estimated it has fallen to 100,000, or less.

Source: Tories must come clean on membership figures – ex-chairman – BBC News


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