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Clacton MP Douglas Carswell says the Conservative Party must slash its membership fees
CLACTON MP Douglas Carswell claims the Conservative Party should slash its fees to attract more support.
Figures revealed by the party have revealed that membership has almost halved since David Cameron became leader.
There are now 134,000 constituency members, down from the 253,600 who voted in the 2005 leadership contest.
Mr Carswell, who campaigned for the figures to be released, said membership had been doubled in the Clacton constituency due to hard work to recruit people who interacted with him via Twitter and email.
He called for a £1-a-year supporter status for those who register their support online.
He said the current £25 fee “for the privilege of then being sent invitations to costly dinners" was "not a great retail proposition".
The party has seen significant dissent from members over issues such as Europe and gay marriage.
Senior figures in the party have warned of an exodus of members to the UK Independence Party.
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