For the Conservatives, party management has always been a challenge. Former leader William Hague once remarked that the Conservative Party is an “absolute monarchy tempered by regicide”. As a coalition Prime Minister, David Cameron has the dual problem of keeping his coalition partners happy at the same time as managing the broad coalition of views that constitute the Conservative Party.
Since 2010, rebellions by Tory backbenchers have had a significant impact on Government policy, staying the Government’s hand in areas such as House of Lords reform, Europe and same-sex marriage. Growing discontent amongst a hardcore of disaffected MPs has led to whisperings of potential leadership challenges and as David Cameron has found out during his nine years as leader, heavy is the head that wears the Conservative crown.
This section provides a guide to the factions and parliamentary groupings within the Conservative Party. Click on a tab to find out the background on each faction, the policy areas they are most likely to rebel on, their largest rebellions to date and their overall rebellion rating.