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Parliament, Parties, Prime Minister & Cabinet, Unit 1, Unit 2

Conservative Party Factions

In Unit 1 you are required to know about divisions within as well as between the parties. There has been a lot of attention on the Labour party of late, with people examining the pros and cons of Blue, Red, Purple and Black Labour. There has been less said about the formal groupings within the Tories. Although the propensity of the backbench to rebel and oppose the leadership has been discussed in relation to Unit 2.

This piece from the LSE blog attempts to analyse the tensions with the Conservative Party

http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/politicsandpolicy/2012/01/25/conservative-301-group/#more-20091

This is focusing on an emerging group of backbenchers known as the 301 group, who are infuriated by a lack of opportunities to get promoted within government and the relationship between the government and the 1922 Committee. The post explains that this group who look like Cameroons on paper present both challenges and opportunities for the Conservative Party leader.

 

 

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