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July 30, 2022 1:23 PM

y661.The current leadership election in the Conservative party has illustrated just how far the Conservative Party has moved to the right over the past decade

Public institutions valued by most have been the subject of manufactured brawls whether it be with the BBC, National Trust, the judiciary, universities, the civil service and just recently Channel 4

For many past supporters of the party this move away from social liberalism, fiscal responsibility and the rule of law towards a populist stance where enemies have to be identified to attack has seen a re-think of past loyalties. Whilst many voted Tory in 2019, horrified at the prospect of a Corbyn led Labour Party seizing power, there is no longer fear of the unknown.

Recent polls have suggested now only 1 in 5 graduates and 1 in 7 Remainers continue to support the party. 62% of all Britons assume that the government habitually break the rules

Damien Green a leading Tory in the much diminished one nation group of MPs said recently that most voters want a government that is quietly effective, political discourse to be civilised and Britain's established institutions to be respected. The implication here being that this is not the case with the current Conservative government

What has been so disappointing about the Tory debates is that they provided an opportunity to re-set and provide leadership of our country. What we seem to have is a Dutch auction of ever more extreme offers designed to win over the unrepresentative membership of the Tory Party

If like us, you feel that the party no longer speaks for the sort of country you want to live in. That it doesn't align with your beliefs and aspirations then come and help us bring about change. Recent parliamentary by-elections and local council results across the blue wall seats suggest that many traditional voters are turning away from the Conservatives and voting Liberal Democrat

Come and join us to make change happen at Join the Liberal Democrats (force.com)

We would love to hear from you.

Babergh (South Suffolk) Liberal Democrats welcome the membership and active involvement of anyone holding liberal views and values, irrespective of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.