David Cameron led Conservatives to power by moving to the center
New UK Prime Minister David Cameron led his Conservative Party out of the political wilderness by moving his party to the center -- and further away from their American cousins in the Republican Party.
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Ms. Hilliard, who volunteered on campaigns for former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, former president George Bush, and former House Majority leader Tom DeLay, adds: “The constituency of the MP who I work for is around Bradford, and what we have found is that the Asian and Muslim community there tend to vote green or for the Asian candidate regardless of party lines.”Skip to next paragraph
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Still work to be done
A 7,000-word analysis highlighting major failings in the Tory campaign was released today by Tim Montgomerie, the influential editor of Conservativehome, a website that acts as the fulcrum for the party’s grassroots.
It pointed out that the party underperformed among minority voters and in seats with large numbers of state workers.
“It must now decide whether reassuring those voters could be at the expense of easier-to-reach voters in England and in the highly taxed private sector,” Mr. Montgomerie wrote. “The Cameron project remains an exciting project – blending traditional Conservatism on tax, crime, and immigration with new messages on the environment, poverty-fighting, and civil liberties,” he added.
Concluding however that the Conservatives should have won the election outright, removing the need for a coalition, Montgomerie makes a number of critical observations.
They include that party strategists underestimated Cameron's ability to sell traditional Tory messages – such as a tough approach to immigration – to floating voters.
Montgomerie warned that the Conservatives never developed a consistent economic message, instead choosing – "perhaps rightly" – to downplay the austerity message in favor of caution. He also highlighted the potency of traditional right-of-center policies on tax, pointing out that proposals for tax cuts twice reversed the Tories' slide in opinion polls.
He added: “David Cameron was right to modernize the Conservative message, but newer messages on, for example, civil liberties and the environment should have been integrated with more familiar messages so that modernization appeared authentic to voters.”
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