Tory membership slumps under Cameron

MEMBERSHIP of the Conservatives has almost halved since David Cameron came to power, the party admitted yesterday. It told the ConservativeHome website that there are now 134,000 Tory members, compared to more than 253,000 at the time of the 2005 leadership election. While all mainstream parties have seen declines in membership over the last decade, the figures leave the Tories well behind Labour, who have almost 190,000 members.

The fear of Conservative campaign managers is that there are now some constituencies containing only a handful of Tory activists, making it very difficult to challenge for a parliamentary majority.