“If you care about your country, you have to care about politics.”
Lord Ashcroft has been a supporter of the Conservative Party for all his adult life.
In 1998, he was appointed the Treasurer of the party by the then leader, William Hague, and served in that capacity until 2001. In 2000, he also became a Member of the House of Lords as a Conservative working peer.
In 2002, Lord Ashcroft was appointed as Deputy Treasurer of the International Democrat Union (IDU), a working association of more than 80 Conservative and like-minded political parties from across the world. In April 2007, Lord Ashcroft was elected as Treasurer of the IDU, a position that he still holds.
Following the 2005 general election he published an in-depth report urging the Conservative Party to learn the lessons of its defeat and broaden its appeal – Smell The Coffee. In the same year, he published Dirty Politics Dirty Times, a biographical account of his successful battles against The Times newspaper and New Labour and their ultimately unsuccessful efforts to destabilise the Conservative Party. This book was updated in 2009.
From December 2005 to September 2010, Lord Ashcroft was Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party with responsibility for the target seats campaign and opinion research. From 2001 to 2010, he was a member of the party’s management Board.
In September 2010, Lord Ashcroft published Minority Verdict, his analysis of the party’s 2010 election campaign and David Cameron’s decision to enter a coalition with the Liberal Democrats.
Furthermore, Lord Ashcroft has written a number of political pamphlets and research papers including: What Future For Labour?; What Future For The Liberal Democrats? (2010); Crime, Punishment & The People; Project Blueprint; The Leadership Factor; It’s Not You, It’s Them (2011); Degrees of Separation; The Armed Forces & Society; Blue Collar Tories; Project Red Alert; They’re Thinking What We’re Thinking: Understanding The UKIP Temptation (2012); What Are The Liberal Democrats For?; Marginal Territory; Are You Serious: Boris, The Tories And The Voters; and Small Island: Public Opinion And The Politics Of Immigration (2013).