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sir – I at­tended the vir­tual Con­ser­va­tive con­fer­ence ses­sion “Meet the Chair­men”. The for­mat was ques­tion-and-an­swer, so I asked them: why did they refuse to give party mem­ber­ship num­bers, and would their an­swer be dif­fer­ent if they were elected by, and ac­count­able to, mem­bers? The ques­tion was not se­lected. We have had 20 party chair­men in the last 30 years. Each has said “mem­ber­ship is in­creas­ing”, yet we have seen it fall dra­mat­i­cally. In a demo­cratic or­gan­i­sa­tion, trans­parency and ac­count­abil­ity are es­sen­tial.

John E Straf­ford

Chair­man, Cam­paign for Con­ser­va­tive Democ­racy

Bea­cons­field, Buck­ing­hamshire

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