The midterm slump is hitting the Conservative party worst of all.
Two years on from the general election, David Cameron's Conservatives are finding life back in power pretty tough going. The mood in Birmingham is decidedly downbeat, but the problem may be about more than just the difficulties of government and gloomy poll ratings: the party leadership's growing disconnect with its activists might also have something to do with it.
In this week's podcast Alex Stevenson speaks to columnist Bruce Anderson; contributing editor to the Spectator and blogger Harry Cole; and, of course, a full range of Tory party members.
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