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Tory Reform Group
In recent years, the Tory Reform Group has lost influence. The number of prominent members of the group in positions of influence in the party is gradually declining. For example the most prominent member of the Shadow Cabinet who was also a member of the TRG, Damian Green, was forced from the Shadow Cabinet in 2004. The "wet" views of Ken Clarke were seen as the primary reason for his two consecutive losses of the Conservative leadership, under radically different electoral situations.
There are many reasons for this decline. The rebirth of economic liberalism has meant that many Conservative members no longer saw the need for a centrist position on economics. The growing importance of Europe as an issue in British politics also meant that the Conservative Party's euroscepticism attracted new eurosceptic members. New Labour's moderation attracted the sort of young centrist politicians who would otherwise have been One Nation Tories.
Defections from the Conservative Party
Because of the decline of influence within the Conservative Party, many younger members of the TRG have recently defected to a more left wing parties. The following TRG members subsequently left the Conservative Party to other parties:
Pro Euro Conservative Party
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