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None past the postBritain at the polls, 2017$
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Nicholas Allen and John Bartle

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781526133281

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781526133281.001.0001

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Gambling with the electorate

Gambling with the electorate

The Conservatives in government

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(p.1) 1 Gambling with the electorate
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None past the post
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Nicholas Allen

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9781526133281.003.0001

This chapter charts the story of the Conservatives in government between 2015 and 2017. It examines why David Cameron called a referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union, why Theresa May succeeded him as prime minister, and why May decided to call a snap election in the spring of 2017. It locates these decisions against deep and bitter divisions within the Conservative party over the issue of EU membership, and further examines the broader record of the Conservatives in government. Above all, it seeks to explain how both prime ministers both came to gamble their fortunes on the electorate – and lose.

Keywords:   Conservative Party, Brexit, David Cameron, Theresa May, Austerity, Europe

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