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Party Management

Norton, Philip



Andrew Roe-Crines

Timothy Heppell


The aim of this chapter is to assess how effective Heath was at internal management within the Conservative Party. The chapter considers Heath in relation to (a) the organisational infrastructure of the party and (b) the maintenance of good relations and discipline within the parliamentary party. The chapter identifies how in terms of internal management party leaders can adopt either a close or distant approach in terms of how they communicate and engage within their own party. That Heath adopted a distant approach to internal management would ensure that a build-up of resentments and enemies gathered apace, ultimately contributing to the mobilisation of forces that led to his removal from the party leadership.


Norton, P. (2020). Party Management. In A. Roe-Crines, & T. Heppell (Eds.), Policies and Politics Under Prime Minister Edward Heath (239-259). Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan.

Acceptance Date Jun 1, 2020
Online Publication Date Dec 11, 2020
Publication Date Dec 11, 2020
Deposit Date Mar 8, 2021
Publicly Available Date Dec 12, 2022
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Pages 239-259
Series Title Palgrave Studies in Political Leadership
Book Title Policies and Politics Under Prime Minister Edward Heath
Chapter Number 11
ISBN 9783030536725
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