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This week saw the historic election of Model-Mili to the post of Conservative Party Leader, becoming the first Tory Leader to be elected and not immediately become Prime Minister since InfernoPlato. The new leader sat down with the Telegraph to discuss the direction of the party.
The election was incredibly close, decided by just one vote. Mili disagreed with the assertion that their leadership would be constrained by the seemingly lacking mandate, and said his campaign was focused on internal party operations and its administration.
The topic of Gregfest has been a political hot topic for the past several months, and one which has caused some headaches for the Conservatives. The former Prime Minister eelsemaj admitted that he felt some aspects of it were too radical, and suggested he had given too much to his coalition partners. Mili however struck a more aggressive tone, stating he “did not regret Gregfest or its contents”, and that if he had been PM at the time he would still have proposed it. He also laid out his parties opposition to the recent Representation of the People (Prisoners) bill proposed by the Government, stating his party had “no intention of allowing human traffickers to vote”
Conservative polling has been a tough sight for the party, falling from the 34% to under 27% in the space of a few weeks. Mili acknowledged the drop, however he said his party had been “focused on devo elections” for the past weeks, and that their conclusion would allow the part to get its message out and stop a “disastrous government agenda”. He cited his party’s opposition to “government plans to steal your ability to choose what school your child goes to” and the governments defeat on the “abysmal Trade Union Choice” bill.
On the issue of future coalitions, the new leader was evasive, saying that his personal preference in the event of a government collapse would be to “seek to work with parties that have shared goals and express an interest in working with us to provide stable government and a legislative agenda in the interests of the country”. He left open the idea of the so called Exec Coalition between the Conservatives, Lib Dems and Classical Liberals, however said it was “substantially less likely now than at the beginning of the term”.
Finally, we asked Mili to speak about his predecessor and former Prime Minister Eelsemaj, who Mili had a close professional and personal relationship with. Mili paid tribute to the former PM, saying “Eels was a great Prime Minister, a great Leader and a great friend. He poured his heart and soul into doing what was right for the country during his premiership, and I’m saddened by his departure from Conservative Leadership. I hope he remains active in british politics, and I can’t thank him enough for the work he has done for both the party and the country.”
Next week on the Weekend Politics Interview, we speak to Justice Secretary Vitiating about the Prisoners Vote Bill, the abolition of the Queens Counsel and the inner workings of Sunrise