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Future of Conservatism Debate: Reclaiming the Realignment – Can Conservatives build a voting coalition for the future?

On Wednesday 10th May, Onward will be hosting the second of its debates on the Future of Conservatism. This event will be hosted by Sebastian Payne, who will be joined by Rachel Wolf, Director of Public First, James Kanagasooriam, Chief Research Officer at Focal Data and Eddie Hughes MP for Walsall North, along with other special guests to discuss how the Conservatives can build a voting coalition for the future.

Despite some recent gains, the Conservatives remain 15 points behind in the polls. Some forecasts project a dire electoral outcome for the Government if recent voting intention were to be replicated at the next general election.

The Conservatives also face long-term demographic challenges. While the age of the average Tory voter continues to rise, younger voters no longer seem to be becoming Conservatives as they get older. In 2019 the party won a convincing majority in the wake of Brexit, securing seats in traditional Labour heartlands outside the South East – those seats are now under threat. With a shaky Red Wall and “Blue Fade” in the South, how can Conservatives build a sustainable voting coalition for the future?

We do hope you can join us for what will be a fascinating discussion. 

This event will go live shortly, to watch the event please click here.



May 10, 2023


UnHerd Club, 6 Old Queen Street, London, SW1H 9HP