Thursday 4 January 2018

The Enemy No More

At 70,000, the membership of the Conservative Party is around 15,000 lower than the population of the former District of Derwentside. Most of those members are old. Many of them are very, very old. The urban myth has to be got up that it was ever thus. But it was not. Even I can remember a time before this.

Help, however, is at hand. If you were one of North West Durham's 16,516 Conservative voters last year, then I might be looking for members of my staff after the next General Election. At constituency level, that staff would include members or supporters of each and all of the Labour Party, the Conservative Party, the Liberal Democrats, and any other Groups on Durham County Council that had representation at either County or Parish level here in North West Durham.

No one who was currently employed by Laura Pidcock need necessarily fear for his or her livelihood. Those staff would be free to stay, and they would be free to go. Those who went, would go of their own free will.

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