• Date and time: Tuesday 26 January 2016, 6.30pm to 8.00pm
  • Location: Room P/X/001, Physics and Electronics
  • Admission: is by free ticket only. Please book below.

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Game over: the Tories have won. And, given how the victory has confounded the Labour Party, they’re sure to win again next time. Triumphant and carefree – Dave’s the man.

Except, as Ed Miliband might put it, that’s just not true.

The Tory majority is so weak that each government vote is a potential embarrassment; Cameron’s renegotiations with the EU are widely criticised; the decision to announce his standing down as PM has got all the big Tory figures jostling for position. The future of the Conservative party is as unclear now as it has been for a long time.

Will Cameron be the man who leads Britain out of the EU – against his wishes? Is Osborne going to be the next PM? Surely it can’t be Boris? What’s Theresa May’s position in all of this?

The York Union hosts a special head-to-head debate on the future of the Conservative party featuring two of the biggest names in political journalism: Dan Hodges and Stephen Bush. Mr Hodges – the PM’s favourite columnist – commentates for the Daily Telegraph, the Spectator and Total Politics. He made headlines recently running through Westminster in his Calvin Klein boxers on a wet, freezing morning after losing an election bet on UKIP, raising nearly £2,000 for Terence Higgins Trust and Elizabeth's Legacy of Hope. Mr Bush was hired by the New Statesman after working for the Telegraph for less than a year. He is a young rising talent in the industry and one to watch, having been described by his editor as someone who "writes like an angel and tweets like a devil".

To cover the expenses of hosting this event, we have a suggested donation of £2 from students and £4 from members of the public. The York Union is a strictly not-for-profit organisation run by a small group of volunteers.

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