The 2017 general election was supposed to be a walkover for the Conservative Party – but the voters had other ideas. In The Lost Majority, Lord Ashcroft draws on his unique research to explain why the thumping victory the Tories expected never happened: what real voters made of the campaign, why Britain refused Theresa May’s appeal for a clear mandate to negotiate Brexit, where the party stands after more than a decade of ‘modernisation’ – and the Tories’ mammoth task of building a winning coalition when 13 million votes is not enough for victory.
First published in Britain at War in May 2016.
Leonard Harrison was a wonderfully courageous character who possibly defused more unexploded devices than any other man during the Second World War. Not only that but, unlike many other bomb disposal experts from the conflict, he lived to tell the tale.
His physical courage was matched by his technical ability – for he combined defusing countless bombs with formulating detailed suggestions for dealing with fuses in unexploded devices that were accepted by the Ministry of Home Security as the basis of their manual for use in the war.
The unauthorised biography of David Cameron.
After a decade as Conservative Party leader, David Cameron remains an enigma to those outside his tight-knit inner circle. This authoritative biography of Britain’s youngest Prime Minister for nearly 200 years provides a fascinating insight into the man only those closest to him know. Based on hundreds of interviews, with everyone from Westminster insiders to intimate friends, this book reveals the real David Cameron.
What are his greatest strengths and his biggest weaknesses? How did he reach the top, first in the party and then as the leader of the UK’s first coalition government since the Second World War? How did he deal with everything from political triumph to personal tragedy? This unauthorised biography answers all these questions and more.
From Eton to Oxford, through gap-year adventures in Russia to his early days as a party apparatchik and his stint as a PR man, the book scrutinises Cameron’s journey to the premiership – and his record as the most powerful man in the land.
Co-authored by Lord Ashcroft, the former deputy chairman of the Tory Party and respected pollster, and Isabel Oakeshott, the award-winning political journalist, this is unquestionably the most hotly anticipated political book of the year.
Hardback, 320 pages
Release date 12 October 2015
Conservative Campaign HQ is in optimistic mood, according to Dan Hodges in the Daily Telegraph. Lord Ashcroft looks at why.
By Lord Ashcroft
I am pleased to announce that my next political book will be a biography of the Prime Minister, David Cameron.
The biography will be co-authored with Isabel Oakeshott, who is currently Political Editor of the Sunday Times and a regular commentator on television and radio. She will work full time on the project after completing her notice period with the paper.
I anticipate that the book will be published in the second half of 2015. (more…)
Lord Ashcroft discusses Miliband and pre-election TV debates.
Lord Ashcroft KCMG PC has today unveiled a new website giving details of his collection of Victoria Crosses (VCs), Britain and the Commonwealth’s most prestigious gallantry award for bravery in the face of the enemy.
Over the past three decades, Lord Ashcroft has purchased more than 180 VCs, making it the largest collection of its kind in the world. The new website, www.lordashcroftmedals.com, provides a mass of information about each VC and its recipient.
Lord Ashcroft said: “I am delighted to be able to provide detailed information about my entire VC collection for the first time. I am proud to have established the world’s largest collection of VCs and I am thrilled that, since 2010, these decorations have been on public display.” (more…)
By Lord Ashcroft
Last night I hosted a dinner at the House of Lords for some of the bravest individuals in the country – our bomb disposal community. The date of the event was not chosen at random. It was exactly 408 years ago last night that the first successful “bomb disposal operation”, if I can call it that, was launched when Guy Fawkes and his accomplices were prevented from blowing up the House of Lords.
Last night’s dinner, attended by more than 40 people, was intended to raise awareness of the Felix Fund, a charity that supports bomb disposal experts and their families.
I extended a warm welcome to those whose courage and self-sacrifice have helped keep us, and others abroad, safe in an age when the enemy and terrorists have very much more sophisticated weapons than were available to those planning the Gunpowder Plot. (more…)
When the Conservatives were booted out of office in 1997 the party was left with no MPs in Scotland. Today they have one. Lord Ashcroft discusses how the Tories need to work out where they are now and what they can do about it.
Lord Ashcroft KCMG PC has had his latest article published in his new bravery series for Britain at War, the country’s best-selling military history monthly magazine.
The theme of the series is Lord Ashcroft’s “hero of the month” and the November edition of the magazine has a four-page write-up on the life and courage of Private George Peachment VC.
Peachment was, at 18, was one of the youngest ever recipients of the VC. In his article, Lord Ashcroft gives a vivid description of Peachment’s courage during the First World War at the Battle of Loos. (more…)