The conservatives' grassroots 'revival'

Charles Pattie*, Ron Johnston

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Healthy party grassroots constituency organisations play an important part in modern electoral campaigning, especially in marginal seats, and political parties try to concentrate their efforts on those closely contested constituencies. Recent evidence on party fund-raising at a local level shows that the Conservatives have taken considerable strides in supporting their campaign organisations in marginals, and have done so in a way which enhances their long-term campaigning potential there. The party's grassroots organisations are increasingly well-resourced, especially in the seats the Conservatives need to win back if they are to win the next General Election. However, while fund-raising suggests a healthy grassroots where it is needed, party membership data highlights continued problems for the party.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)193-203
Number of pages11
JournalPolitical Quarterly
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2009


  • Conservative party
  • Constituency organisation
  • Party finance
  • Party members


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