Some 10 Conservative leadership elections have taken place since that party’s MPs first directly elected the country’s leader. Edward Heath’s 1965 election, completed in days rather than weeks, ended the reign of what Tory rising star Iain MacLeod called the “magic circle” of Old Etonians. This undemocratic process had, McLeod complained, stitched up Alec Douglas-Home’s elevation as leader, and therefore prime minister, in 1963. The current contest, with many more candidates, party members potentially choosing the next prime minister and drug revelations is a world away from 1965’s party in personnel and policy. Five years earlier, Harold Macmillan’s Cape Town speech boldly signalled the end of empire, followed by his 1961 bid, supported by Douglas-Home as foreign secretary and Heath as chief negotiator, to join the fledgling Common Market. Still an MP, Winston Churchill had backed the bold move, writing to his Conservative Association chair defending Macmillan’s approach. We’ll tell you what’s true. You can form your own view. From 15p €0.18 $0.18 USD 0.27 a day, more exclusives, analysis and extras. Subscribe now Today’s Conservative Party mirrors that of 1965’s leadership election. Back then, anti-marketeer Enoch Powell earned only 15 votes – a parliamentary weakness similar to pro-European “mutineer” MPs, minus recent… Read full this story
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