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Ruth Davidson's Conservatives: The Scottish Tory Party, 2011-19$
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David Torrance

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781474455626

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474455626.001.0001

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The Scottish Conservatives and Local Government

The Scottish Conservatives and Local Government

(p.78) Five The Scottish Conservatives and Local Government
Ruth Davidson's Conservatives: The Scottish Tory Party, 2011-19

Lauren Toner

Chrysa Lamprinakou

Neil McGarvey

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter reviews the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party’s experience in local government in the contemporary era, with a review of the post-1974 period, traditionally viewed as the inception of modern Scottish local government. It also analyses the impact of the Conservative Party over the past 40 years, and then shifts the focus to how Scottish Conservative local government election manifestos and electioneering has changed, looking in particular at the 2017 local government election in Scotland, when the party increased its representation in town halls across the country.

Keywords:   Local government, Town hall, Scottish Conservatives, Councillors, Messaging, Campaigning, Policy, Localism

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