toucana Posted October 21, 2022 Share Posted October 21, 2022 As Britain prepares to select its third PM in just over 6 weeks, attention is being drawn to the curious nature of UK Conservative Party membership rules, and the critical role that members play in selecting a new PM. https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2022/10/21/2130404/-How-did-the-UK-get-Truss-the-UK-may-be-able-to-blame-us-or-someone-else If a British PM voluntarily steps down from office, it does not trigger a general election. Instead a two-part internal leadership election process begins. First, a slate of candidates is chosen in a ballot by Conservative Party MPs at Westminster. The final selection is then settled by a vote of ordinary members of the Conservative party in the UK - right ? Wrong ! As these two websites make clear: https://www.conservatives.com/members/membership-faqs#accordion-ce4b514d78-item-6f9020ca8c https://www.twocitiesconservatives.org.uk/join-clwca-and-conservative-party-online You *don’t* need to be resident in the UK to join the Conservative Party, and you don’t even need to be eligible to vote in the UK in order to do so. For the sum of £25, it would seem that anyone, anywhere, can acquire - “All the benefits of party membership, including participation in the Conservative Policy Forum, attendance at party conferences, and a vote in the election of the party leader”. - Who then automatically becomes the new PM. Reassuring isn’t it ? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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