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Why the next Tory leader needs to be young

Age is suddenly everything in politics. The Conservatives should skip a generation

By Asa Bennett   August 2017

Tom Tugendhat: the next Tory leader? Photo:

The Tory Party has been regularly in government for around 300 years. It is an old party, and in the 2017 election—more than ever before—it was the party of the old too. IpsosMORI reported that it mopped up a crushing 61 per cent of the over-65 vote. In an ageing society, that sounds like a solid basis for victory, but—alas for Theresa May—it was not enough. The party is unlikely to get back into a commanding position until it can appeal to younger…

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