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How we came about and who we are formed in June 2009, with an election looming there was high demand for good quality information and intelligence on the Conservative Party. The team behind the highly regarded felt they were in a position to provide the best possible profiles, insights and policy analysis on the Conservative Party, it grew from there.

The Team

Paul Goodman is Editor of ConservativeHome and was MP for Wycombe from 2001 until 2010, when he chose to step down.   During his time as an MP he served on the Work and Pensions, Treasury and Local Government frontbench teams.   A former Comment Editor of  The Telegraph his specialist areas of interest include local government, community cohesion, public service reform, security and Parliament.

Mark Wallace is Executive Editor of ConservativeHome, having moved into journalism after eight years working in campaigns and political communications. A former Campaign Director of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, he has also worked as Head of Media at the Institute of Directors and as a consultant to some of the UK’s largest brands.

Andrew Gimson is a contributing editor to ConservativeHome and the author of “Boris – the Rise of Boris Johnson”. He writes for a wide range of newspapers and magazines and was for seven years the Daily Telegraph’s parliamentary sketchwriter. through a weekly intelligence letter includes:  The Leading Article; which includes commentaries on major policy areas or strategic choices facing the party and government and the    Essential Reading List; a selection of stories and articles that are ‘must reads’ for any person wanting to understand the Conservative Party.   A subscriber to will not miss anything important. can do this because the team behind it are – not to put too fine a point on it – obsessive about the Conservative Party. The editorial team get up at 6.00am each and every day to ensure, that three hours later, the website is a daily must-read for MPs, journalists and Tory grassroots members. The CI team knows every member of the shadow cabinet, every parliamentary candidate, every leading member of the Conservative machine.

With, the ConservativeHome team supported by account managers and researchers will translate this unrivalled knowledge into products that will be useful for anyone interested in understanding the Conservative Party and the Conservative government.

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From the Conservative Intelligence member's site

Miliband’s Threat To Outside Earnings May Drive Tory Mps Over The Edge

Conservative MPs are capable of a wide range of emotions, encompassing the normal human set and then a few extras thrown in. Pride, injured pride, confidence, optimism, crushing depression, panic, fury, resentment, contentment, ambition, resignation, triumph and a host of others are within their repertoire. Even at the best of times, a healthy parliamentary party […]

Cameron Woos Mrs Rochester

“There’s no stunts or backroom deals, just a strong local candidate you can trust.” So wrote David Cameron in a letter sent this week to every voter in Rochester and Strood, where the next UKIP-engineered by-election is to take place towards the end of November.  At the end of it, he made the point again […]

To Respond To Defeat In Clacton, The Tories Will Need A Tougher Immigration Policy

Everyone expected the UKIP candidate, Douglas Carswell, to win in Clacton, but few people thought he would win by the enormous margin of 12,404 votes. An exceptionally rude kick has been administered to David Cameron. It is not much consolation for the Conservatives that a scarcely less rude kick has been administered to Ed Miliband […]

The Tories Leave Birmingham With A New-Found Confidence

No-one knew quite what to expect when the Conservative family gathered in Birmingham on Sunday. Mark Reckless had just delivered the second UKIP defection blow in as many months, and Brooks Newmark’s indiscretions were causing embarrassment (though less existential questions for the party). If anything, observers might have expected a depressed conference mood. Instead, though, […]

21 People To Watch As Next Week’s Conservative Conference Looms

1. Those two MP defectors to UKIP – if, of course, they exist at all.  If so, they will presumably turn up on Saturday evening.  If they don’t, the media will treat this as a further sign that the Party isn’t grown-up, since it talked but didn’t deliver.   2. George Osborne. The Conservative election […]

Will Cameron Go Fast And Slow On Devolution All-Around?

The Prime Minister announced this morning that more devolution for Scotland and reform elsewhere – specifically, action on English votes for English laws – will take place “in tandem” and “at the same pace”.  Draft legislation will be “published by January”. His statement opens up two possible outcomes. The first is that he pushes for […]

Whatever The Result, The Scottish Referendum Has Killed Blair’s Devolution Settlement

The Scottish referendum result is up in the air – polls swing from No to Yes and back again, all within the margin of error. The rush from Westminster to Scotland, not only of the party leaders but of scores of Labour MPs, demonstrates how seriously the prospect of a Yes result is being taken. […]

Two Conservative Scenarios If Scotland Votes Yes

Scenario One: David Cameron does not resign as Prime Minister (or as Conservative leader).  Nor does any member of the Cabinet other than Alistair Carmichael, the Liberal Democrat Scottish Secretary.  The Coalition hangs together.  The Conservative Parliamentary Party rallies round its leader. UKIP’s attempt to provoke an English nationalist backlash comes to nothing.  Perhaps unexpectedly, […]

Cameron’s Ability To Neutralise Opponents Is Brilliantly Illustrated By His Handling Of The New Surveillance Law

David Cameron will always do what the Establishment considers to be prudent.  The Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill, sprung upon the Cabinet on Thursday morning, is a case in point. Cameron has been told by the security services that these powers are needed. He has therefore set out to square Nick Clegg and Ed […]

Why Critical Headlines About Donor Dinners Raise A Smile In Downing Street

In politics, as with so many things, it’s tempting to judge a book by its cover. The personalities, the catchphrases, the emotional and cultural baggage carried by politicians and parties all compete for our attention. They’re important, of course, but they’re only one part of the political process. The showbiz elements often distract people from […]