The Conservative Party can lay convincing claim to being the world's most successful political party, not least because it is also one of the most adaptable, often appearing to do and say pretty much whatever it takes to win. Whether ruling or opposing, the Conservative Party has been part of all our lives for much of our lives. Tim Bale, professor of politics at Queen Mary University, is one of the country’s foremost experts on contemporary politics Although not a member, he knows all the ins and outs of this remarkable British institution.
From the bombshell Brexit referendum, through to the chaotic premierships of Theresa May, Boris Johnson, and Liz Truss, and all the way up to Rishi Sunak’s rise to power, Tim tells the fascinating tale of a party that, in just a few short years, has gone from nervous breakdown to top of the world – and back again. Andrew Marr describes his latest book, The Conservative Party after Brexit, as a ‘careful, immaculately constructed, balanced and convincing account’ and BBC Political Editor, Chris Mason, says it ‘brings an admirable clarity to an incredible sequence of events.’ In this Goldster Conversation, Humphrey Hawksley will ask Tim to give a glimpse into the future of our politics, whichever party is in power. Will there ever be stability again or are we in the age of rollercoaster chaos? Goldster Inside Story, Friday February 9th 2024 12.00 London time.