Sussex Progressives


21st Century: Progressive or Conservative?

In the 20th century there were 57 years of Conservative led government. In total the Conservatives were in government for over 67 years in the 20th century, due to national and coalition governments. Neither the Liberals nor Labour were strong enough to electorally challenge the Conservatives alone.

Just a glance at these figures makes it clear the Conservatives have dominated government for too long. As we stare starkly at the possibility of another Conservative century, it is time to accept the inability of their rivals to get close to them. Whether it be in the context of a growing Trade Union movement, an expanding electorate or the dissolving of empire, the Conservatives have always won elections. Once Progressives accept the electoral effectiveness of the Conservative party, it makes sense to also accept the need for dynamic solutions.

One such solution has to be a Progressive Alliance. The Conservative party offer a broad church for all types of conservative. This is demonstrated by the contrast in values of MPs such as Ken Clarke MP and Peter Bone MP; on issues ranging from equal marriage to Brexit they hold vastly different opinions. Unfortunately, under First Past the Post, Progressives suffer for not working together whilst conservatives benefit.

In 2015, if the Progressive Parties had worked together they would have received 348 seats and been able to form a government.[1] This could have meant no Brexit referendum, no secret privatisation of the NHS, and Proportional Representation on the agenda.

A Progressive Alliance offers a fresh, creative solution to the problem of Conservative electoral hegemony. Get involved with us today in building a Progressive Alliance and create a Progressive 21st Century.




Robbie Hirst