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As a young Tory, even I can't trust my party to pick the next PM

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19.06.2019

Members of the Tory party will soon elect their new leader, choosing our next prime minister in the process. In doing so, they are choosing which form of Brexit the party will force upon the country. The candidates are eyeing up no-deal with varying amounts of enthusiasm. Stewart will avoid it at all costs, but most, such as Boris Johnson, are gearing up inflict it upon the country.

It is right that members should elect their own leader, and even the next prime minister, in normal circumstances. But we are not in normal circumstances. We are in the midst of a national crisis. And the reality is that 0.25 per cent of the population are going to be deciding the outcome of that crisis. The mandate is tiny – and the consequences are enormous.

With this in mind, it’s worth taking a closer look at the membership, especially in the context of the Brexit debate. Numbers swelled from 124,000 in August of last year to around 160,000 today – with a concerted effort from Arron Banks and Nigel Farage to encourage the election of a “real Brexit Leader”.........

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