Consensus Conservatism and extreme right revival, 1951–57

Mark Pitchford

in The Conservative Party and the extreme right 1945–75

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780719083631
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702864 | DOI:
Consensus Conservatism and extreme right revival, 1951–57

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This chapter describes how the Conservative Party dealt with the extreme right after Winston Churchill regained office in 1951, confirming that Central Office based its different actions on its perception of the nature of a group or individual's extremism, and the usefulness of such a group to the Conservative Party. Churchill's reputation probably muted the degree of right-wing criticism because it remained an electoral asset. Central Office was unarguably more positive towards Aims of Industry (AIMS) than other group to the right of the Conservative Party. AIMS provided the valuable service of propagating Conservative Party thinking to a polarised people. Central Office was unlikely to fear that Common Cause was a sectarian, potential rival. Central Office maintained surveillance of right-wing organisations and individuals, whether they were inside or outside the Conservative Party, regardless of what prompted their actions.

Keywords: Conservative Party; extreme right; Central Office; Winston Churchill; extremism; Aims of Industry; Common Cause

Chapter.  14972 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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