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Yes, the Conservatives are in trouble—but don’t underestimate the party’s ability to bounce back

The party is split and morale is low. But if millions will still vote for it in this state, imagine what it could do with a new leader and a new drive

By Mark Wallace   May 2019

Photo: Han Yan/Xinhua News Agency/PA Images

“Who wants to wade through shit as a candidate right now?” an experienced Conservative campaign operative asked me recently. The question wasn’t rhetorical—he, like many of his colleagues, was struggling to find people to stand in the local elections. “I have never failed to secure a full slate, but I think it’s about to happen.” The problem is not confined to council candidates. Recent selections in target parliamentary constituencies—seats that the Tories must gain to secure a workable majority—have attracted a mere handful…

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