I have read this several times, but I still don’t understand. Aren’t all leading Conservative politicians in the UK also Tories?
By ANDREW GIMSON | Time Magazine | Monday, Apr. 16, 2012
Conservatives on both sides of the Atlantic are in crisis. To British eyes, the race for the Republican nomination looks like a disaster, with no consensus emerging about what a modern Republican party can offer. But U.K. Conservatives do not appear to have any solution to the ideological morass of their American cousins.
A cursory glance might lead you to another conclusion. That's because British Prime Minister David Cameron is nominally a Tory, and so is the country's other major Conservative political figure, London Mayor Boris Johnson.
Wikipedia has this to say:
Tory - Current Usage
In Britain after 1832 the Tory Party was replaced by the Conservative Party, and "Tory" has become shorthand for a member of the Conservative Party or for the party in general. Many Conservatives still call themselves "Tory" to differentiate themselves from opponents, and the term is common in the media.
Boris Johnson? All very well as London mayor (Boris or Ken – what a choice) but does anyone really seriously believe that he could become prime minister? Being tipped as a future party leader is pretty much a guarantee that it won’t happen.