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Peter King

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781847428547

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847428547.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
The new politics

Peter King

Policy Press

This book focuses on the Conservative party, led new Prime Minister David Cameron, who was elected in May 2010. The formation of a new government after 13 years of opposition can be signalled as a new politics. Under David Cameron's leadership, Conservative ideas have undergone something of a resurgence in the UK. The Conservatives can be seen as the party that resists change: that conserves rather than reforms. The Conservative party wishes to put its past behind it, to prove it has changed, and so be given the opportunity to lead the country to a brighter, less debt-ridden future. This chapter argues that what Cameron has done is largely consistent with what the Conservative party has done in the past, and with what conservatives like Edmund Burke would have advised them to do. It compares Cameron with the most recent successful Conservative leader, Margaret Thatcher, to determine any differences and similarities.

Keywords:   Conservative, government, UK, politics, David Cameron, Margaret Thatcher

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