Following our story this morning about the outdated views of Tory members – obsessed with immigration, crime and tax cuts – comes evidence that Tory candidates are equally regressive. A staggering 91 per cent of Conservative PPCs and 73 per cent of MPs do not believe in man made climate change.
The results are revealed in today’s Times, and come from a Populus survey of 36 Tory MPs and 34 Tory candidates in winnable seats. Of those, 84 per cent of the MPs and 48 per cent of the PPCs think multiculturalism is bad.
A seperate poll for the paper, of 100 candidates in winnables, shows Lady Thatcher to be the “runaway first choice as hero”, followed by Churchill – echoing the findings a poll in today’s New Statesman, which found 34 per cent of Tory PPCs regarded her as their political hero – nearly seven times as many as those who said Nelson Mandela.
The Statesman poll also revealed that more Tory PPCs regard Gordon Brown, Tony Blair and Peter Mandelson to be worse villains than Hitler, a fifth support the reintroduction of the death penalty and only 28 per cent believe the next government should “legislate to make people behave in an environmentally ‘greener’ way”.