David Cameron channels his inner Lady Thatcher twitter.com/TSEofPB/statusâ€¦
â€” TSEPB (@TSEofPB) March 3, 2013
Writing in the Sunday Telegraph, David Cameron, says “There has been a barrage of advice this weekend following the Eastleigh by-election” he explains what he will do.
The Sunday Telegraph also have a selection of activists, MPs and academics in and around the Conservative Party telling what went wrong at Eastleigh, and what the Tories need to do now if they are to form the next government.
- Bob Woollard, chairman of Conservative Grassroots saysÂ â€œSame sex marriage was a disconnect too far.â€
- Douglas Carswell, Conservative MP for Clacton says “â€œMake the Conservatives an internet age mass membership party.â€
- Ruth Lea, economist and former director of the Centre for Policy Studies think tank saysÂ â€œGet back to what matters: the economy and immigration.â€
- Ben Howlett, national chairman of Conservative Future, the youth wing of the party saysÂ â€œWe were stuck in the Westminster bubble.â€
- Richard Parry, chairman of Sevenoaks Conservative Association, in Kent saysÂ â€œFocus on Great Britain PLC and not fripperies.â€
- Cheryl Gillan, Conservative MP for Chesham & Amersham and former Secretary of State for Wales saysÂ â€œCameron is a brilliant communicator: he can engage the electorate.â€
- Phillip Blond, director of the think tank ResPublica and the author of Red Tory saysÂ â€œDitch Osborne and get in touch with the grassroots.â€
- Dr Anthony Seldon, master of Wellington College and author of several books on the history of the Conservative Party saysÂ â€œCarry on in Coalition â€“ Conservatives must act in the national interest.â€
- Jill Kirby, social policy analyst and former director of the Centre for Policy Studies think tank saysÂ â€œWeâ€™ve spent too long not being the Conservatives.â€
- Keith Morris, chairman of Dover and Deal Conservative Association, in Kent saysÂ â€œThe economy is the key issue and we are doing the right thing on that.â€
- Vernon Bogdanor, professor of government at Kingâ€™s College London and author of The Coalition and the Constitution saysÂ â€œUkip isnâ€™t winning on Europe but immigration and thereâ€™s little Cameron can do about that.â€
- Peter Knibbs, deputy chair of Somerset and Frome Conservative Association saysÂ â€œGay marriage has damaged us â€“ but the economy will come to our aid.â€
“Offer voters reassurance, integrity and prosperity, Dave, or itâ€™s RIP to your election hopes”
And in this morning’s Daily Telegraph, Priti Patel says
If the Chancellor wants a big idea for the Budget, itâ€™s actually a simple one. Two words: cut taxes.
What approach(es) should David Cameron take to earn the voters’ trust?