Three quarters of Tory candidates want to renegotiate UK’s relationship with EU
Friday’s New Statesman carries a ComRes poll that will make interesting reading for David Cameron. Three quarters of his prospective parliamentary candidates want to renegotiate the UK’s relationship with Europe “as a matter of priority”. And 91 per cent favour a cap on immigration. Meanwhile, only 28 per cent believe that the next government should legislate to make people behave in a “greener” way.
I like the sound of these candidates. “The survey shows that the shadow of Margaret Thatcher still looms large over the Tories only weeks before a general election,” shudders the New Statesman. Great!
The exclusive poll of 101 Tory hopefuls shows that nine in ten want to tackle the Budget deficit with cuts in public spending rather than increases in taxation – and six in ten want the Tories’ inheritance-tax cut (which gifts £1.2bn to the top 2 per cent of wealthiest estates) raised immediately. Meanwhile, a third of the respondents cite Margaret Thatcher as their political hero … Twenty per cent of PPCs seek the return of the death penalty.
However, the majority of PPCs share with David Cameron a socially liberal streak. Three-quarters of those polled believe that the government should treat civil partnerships between homosexual couples in the same way as it does heterosexual married couples.
Gay-friendly Eurosceptics who want to cut the public sector, curb immigration and are sick of Green social engineering? Sounds like a pretty good description of public opinion to me.