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Conclusion: keeping it right

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719083631.003.0007
Conclusion: keeping it right

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The Conservative Party had a sanguine attitude towards indigenous fascism and extreme-right movements before the Second World War. However, the war made being connected with right-wing extremism, which the Conservative Partry associated with the horrors of Fascism and Nazism, unacceptable. Ultra-Conservatives in Europe had allied with fascism and Nazism, and it was therefore unlikely that the British electorate would distinguish between various strands of the extreme right. The common thread that applied to Central Office's increased blocking activity was its perception that a group was ‘extreme-right wing’. The Conservative Party continued its policy towards the extreme right after 1975. The Conservative Party at the end of the twentieth century faced a new paradigm, as it had in 1945. Unable to resolve its divisions, the Conservative Party lost the next two elections, in 2001 and 2005.

Keywords: Conservative Party; extreme right; Fascism; Nazism; Central Office

Chapter.  4684 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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