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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Conservative Party membership collapses

UK Conservative Party membership drops
from 253,000 to only 134,000

Does Conservatism even exist?  -  Voters are very unhappy with so-called "Conservatives" in both the United States and Britain.  If Conservatives are simply going to be moderate Socialists then what is the point of existing at all?

According to the website ConservativeHome, the Tories have claimed there are now 134,000 Tory members, down from over 253,000 during the 2005 leadership contest.

The party had earlier this year refused to release the figures amid claims that the number may have fallen below 100,000.

Douglas Carswell, the Conservative MP, has previously warned that the party is “haemorrhaging" members because of David Cameron and his “remote clique” at Westminster reports the UK Telegraph.

Membership of both the Labour and Liberal Democrat parties has fallen in recent years.

However, with a membership of around 187,537, Labour’s numbers are much better than their Conservative rivals.

The UK Independence Party, led by Nigel Farage, has also seen its membership soar to around 40,000 as it picks up disgruntled former Tory voters.

Michael Dugher, Labour’s deputy chairman, said: The halving of Conservative party membership under David Cameron is a damning indictment of Cameron’s out-of-touch and weak leadership.

"Cameron promised change but it's the same old Tory party - standing up for just a privileged few, not for those working people on low and middle incomes. Working people are an average of almost £1,500 a year worse off thanks to the cost of living crisis.

“Labour has increased our membership under Ed Miliband’s leadership. And now Ed Miliband is absolutely determined to keep changing Labour, to open up politics more to the public, and to ensure that Labour is a genuinely One Nation Party that is rooted in every community.

“The Tories are deserting Cameron in their droves. Under Cameron, the Tories are becoming an endangered species. They are getting fewer and fewer in number by the day - no wonder they stand up for the few and not the many.”

UKIP Nigel Farage interview on Australian TV
There's a wave of Euroscepticism creeping around Europe but no more strongly than in the UK. David Cameron once called UK Independent Party, UKIP "a bunch of fruit cakes, loonies and closet racists..."

But a recent poll puts thie UKIP support base at 17% of British voters, ranking UKIP third after the Tory and Labour parties and ahead of the Lib Dems with only 8%.UKIP's colourful, charismatic and eloquent leader Nigel Farage talks on Australian TV.


The Conservative-Libertarian UKIP
The UKIP has been gaining strength because the UK Conservative Party, like the GOP, does not believe in anything except holding power.

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