Brexit: Sir Lynton Crosby faces axe as Tory election guru after 2017 setback

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David Cameron celebrates his 2015 general election victory with the Tory backer Lord Feldman, left, and Sir Lynton, the Australian campaign strategist David Cameron celebrates his 2015 general election victory with the Tory backer Lord Feldman, left, and Sir Lynton, the Australian campaign strategistANDREW PARSONS/I-IMAGES

The Conservative party is preparing to distance itself from the Australian strategist Sir Lynton Crosby, who masterminded David Cameron’s 2015 election victory but failed to repeat the trick for Theresa May.

James Cleverly, the Conservative Party’s deputy chairman, said that a review of last year’s snap election had highlighted the weaknesses of bringing in outside consultants to run general election campaigns for the party.

He added that the Tories were building up their own in-house campaigning team instead, to make them less reliant on external consultants which they believed would be a more effective way to win elections in the longer term.

Sir Lynton, who is credited with managing Boris Johnson’s London mayoral race as well as the political victories of Mr Cameron, has become…

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