On Thursday 7 March, we will host our second Onward After Hours event on the challenge facing all political parties: how to reach into the middle ground and go beyond the core vote.
Beyond the core vote: How can political parties reach into the middle ground?
In 2017, the core votes of Britain’s two main political parties changed. The Conservative Party won in Northern Leave-voting seats that were inconceivable a few years ago, while Labour won in Kensington and Chelsea. Yet in many ways the core vote also consolidated: younger people voted for Labour in record numbers and the Conservatives took a far greater share of over-55s than previously. In an era of polarised politics, how can politicians go beyond their base and appeal to a wider range of the electorate? What more can politicians do to broaden their appeal?
We are delighted to be joined by a campaigning MP, Johnny Mercer, who has won and held a seat that many thought unwinnable and build a local base of support that transcends traditional party loyalties. Johnny is a former Army officer with the Royal Artillery who served three tours in Afghanistan. His memoir, We Were Warriors: One Soldier’s Story of Brutal Combat, was published in 2017.
- Date: Thursday 7th March.
- Timing: 1800 – 2000
- Location: Central London (tbc)
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What is Onward After Hours?
We created Onward After Hours as events with a difference, combining top-notch speakers, a young crowd and a relaxed atmosphere. We will dispense with one-way Q&A, by getting our speakers to ask questions of our audience. We will find awesome venues that inspire and get us outside Westminster. And we will find the topics that no one is talking about, but should be.