Divisions with the Conservative Party
Divisions in the Conservatives are over policies such as:
- The issues of the EU:
- as the Eurosceptics were a minority division, but over the last 20 years, this group has come into ascendency.
- Legacy of Thatcher and Thatcherism:
- whether to further advance or to reduce the commitment of the party of those ideals.
- The Tory Reform Group are a division because:
- they champion the cause of 'one-nationism' and are hesitent to follow the rugged individualism supported by the Thatcherite element.
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Divisions in the Labour Party
The divisions within the Labour Party are:
- Difference between Old and New Labour;
- Old Labour represented the original ideas with a commitment to the working class and a distinct approach to capitalism, but they have declined since 1983's loss to Thatcher.
- There is a split relationship with trade unions;
- Some think the link with trade unions are crucial and underpins the ethos of the party.
- Whereas others see the link as damaging and limiting.
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