Tory activists recently gathered for an unusual celebration in a nondescript community centre in a small town in Berkshire. The event was to mark the revival of a long lost local party branch, the Thatcham Conservatives, representing a rare glimmer of hope for an otherwise struggling organisation. It was, it must be said, a rare event. For across the country, other local party branches are in deep trouble – and many lay the blame squarely at the door of the Prime Minister and his old friend and tennis partner Andrew Feldman. Since David Cameron became leader in 2005, Tory party membership has almost halved – to around 134,000 members, down from the 253,600 who voted in the leadership contest – plunging the national network of party branches into crisis. Tory branches across the country are in trouble and many lay the blame at the door of the Prime Minister (right) and his old tennis partner Andrew Feldman (left) RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 2 Next Now Lamont backs Brexit: After Michael Howard, a second Dave… DAILY MAIL COMMENT: Another assault on the Tory grassroots Mac on… Cameron’s EU propaganda campaign Share this article Share And now plans drawn up by the… Read full this story
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