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Conservative CenturyThe Conservative Party since 1900$
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Anthony Seldon and Stuart Ball

Print publication date: 1994

Print ISBN-13: 9780198202387

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198202387.001.0001

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The Party and Religion

The Party and Religion

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(p.637) 17 The Party and Religion
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Conservative Century
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PETER CATTERALL

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198202387.003.0017

This chapter argues that an understanding of the churches and Christianity is vital for any complete history of the Conservative Party during this century, and explains that whilst the institutional relationship between the Church of England and the Conservative Party has atrophied, Anglican electoral support has been maintained. It highlights that despite the lack of a formal identification similar to that of many European constitutional parties of the right and centre right, and despite the tensions between the government and the Church since 1979, for the foreseeable future the Conservatives remain the party of Christianity.

Keywords:   Christianity, churches, Conservative Party, Anglican, Church of England, government

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