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The UK Conservatives: Can They Recover?

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The continuous rumours that Conservative MPs are planning to oust their leader, alongside the polarising approach to Brexit and looming anti-austerity rhetoric from the left, could all result in a Conservative downfall.

The Two Party Conferences

When reflecting on the annual conferences from both Labour and Conservatives last year, they both received widespread press attention, although for different reasons. Jeremy Corbyn led a consistent and well-organised Labour Conference in Brighton, with the media concluding that it’s possibly his last conference in opposition. He tapped into the passions and ideologies of Labour members via his mighty stage persona and managed to unify a party which seemed so divided only a year beforehand. Meanwhile, in Manchester just over a week after, the Conservatives were shown to be in complete disarray. May’s coughing during her most important speech since she lost her majority crippled her power and performance. The press and her own Cabinet turned on the PM, while Corbyn and his inner circle were surely elated with the circus that currently represents the county.

With pro-Remainer May already promising a controversial hard Brexit, one she would not have aligned with as a voter, and her role is being extremely tested. With the rumour mill going into overdrive about Boris Johnson and Michael Gove already plotting to usurp the leadership contest, it couldn’t have come at a worse time.

Furthermore, a mere forty-eight parliamentarians are needed to implement a no-confidence vote against the PM through the 1922 Committee, and that notion is allegedly becoming more of a reality as the premiership goes on. With Labour continuing to vie for key marginal seats across the country, and with the stakes on them winning relatively high, the future of the Conservatives has been driven to disrepute.

The approval ratings of the current government continue to plummet. More voters want to fix the broken NHS that has been tackling its worst winter crisis since its inception under Attlee. Furthermore, private housing has become unaffordable due to rogue landlords, with an estimated 2 million people living in properties so squalid that they have had to receive medical attention. The social issues, the inequality of the minorities, the calamity across the pond and a toe-curling unravelling of membership in the EU means voters are forced to look elsewhere.

Ousting May and replacing her could cause jeopardy in an already sinking party, especially with the contenders who are eyeing the role. If the Conservatives choose Jacob Rees-Mogg as the next PM, the country’s quest for socioeconomic equality that has been determined over decades could be repressed in a matter of one piece of legislation. Or, if they choose the divisive Boris Johnson, it would be a choice that completely ostracises Britain from itsEU counterparts, whether the UK eventually leaves or remains.

Conclusion

Therefore, maybe the current situation is the best bet until Labour strikes back. With the left grappling to manifest a concise Brexit approach, this could be the sole pull factor in bringing voters to look towards a Labour government. If the Conservative party really want to stay in Downing Street, they must radically overhaul their policies and aims. From announcing themselves as the party for the “just about managing”, their message to the public should also be conveyed internally, to salvage their own reputation.

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