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Does Burley represent the Tory future or the Tory past?

July 29th, 2012

Can the blues win elections following his robustness?

One thing’s for sure – the name of Aidan Burley, the Oxford educated New Zealand-born MP for Cannock Chase will NOT be appearing on the list of newly promoted ministers in Cameron’s planed re-shuffle.

He was widely condemned for the Tweets on Friday night especially as this followed his widely reported attendance at a Nazi-themed stage do last year.

    But could his robust views on multiculturalism resonate with voters – particularly in the key marginals that the Tories need to pick up to win a majority?

    Or will they alienate the centre ground voters that David Cameron, certainly in the early part of his leadership, was trying to attract?

My view is that the latter statement is more correct. We have moved on as a society.

Mike Smithson @MSmithsonPB