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The end of the liberal Tory

A hard Brexit fringe has seized control of the Conservatives. That leaves millions of voters homeless. Could they swing the coming election?

By Gaby Hinsliff   November 2019

Will can remember the exact moment that he realised he no longer felt comfortable in the Conservative Party.

He had never been that keen on Theresa May, but hoped she would at least prove the “grown-up in the room” after the referendum; even as a Remain voter, he says, he could have accepted a sensibly negotiated Brexit. But then came the 2016 party conference in Birmingham, at which May dismissed people who consider themselves “citizens of the world” as “citizens of nowhere,” shallow-rooted types with little interest in what was…

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