It ought to be the ‘326 group’ – but they can’t be bothered

Andy McSmith

The 301 group of Conservative MPs was formed with the avowed purpose of securing an outright majority for their party in the next general election. They use that figure because at their formation they assumed that the bill that was going to redraw parliamentary boundaries, reducing the number of MPs from 650 to 600, would be in force before the election. That bill is now dead, because of a falling out between Conservatives and Lib Dems, so when the group met this week, the question was asked whether they should change the name. Kris Hopkins, the group’s founder, ruled against. Not for any reason of principle, but because they could not be bothered.

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