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With Theresa May’s premiership collapsing, the UK’s next prime minister will be chosen through a Conservative leadership contest. MPs will whittle the shortlist down to two and the party’s membership will vote for one of these candidates.
During the campaign, you would hope that the contenders will move beyond talking warmly about the importance of the Union and address important questions about its future. As members of the Conservative and Unionist party, they should each feel a responsibility to repair our damaged sense of common identity, restore confidence in British nationhood and ensure people across the country feel properly included in UK-wide political conversations.
Compared to other countries, the United Kingdom can seem like a complicated and even a contradictory thing.