Tory party’s lurch to right ‘painful’ to watch, says Rory Stewart

Tory party’s lurch to right ‘painful’ to watch, says Rory Stewart

Former Foreign Office minister Rory Stewart has said he has found it “painful” to watch the Conservative party “lurch to the right”, arguing that electoral reform is the only way to plug a “gaping hole in the middle of British politics”. Speaking to an audience at the Edinburgh festival fringe, Stewart said a shift away from the UK’s first-past-the-post system was needed so “new parties, new ideas, new opportunities” could break through. He said this would be an important corrective to a “wooden, stiff and boring” Labour party and a Conservative party in “la-la-land”. Stewart was a candidate to be leader of the Tory party in 2019 in the contest ultimately won by Boris Johnson, but was expelled from the party by Johnson later that year. “There’s definitely huge space …
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