In conjunction with the Centre for Policy Studies and the 2020 Group, George Freeman MP has brought together an all-star cast of Conservatives to set out a bold new vision beyond Brexit. Taking on the narrative of the hard left, this book explores how a New Conservatism can tackle the grand challenges of our time and win back the next generation of voters.
This series of essays – curated and edited by George Freeman, and launched in Parliament on Monday the 10th June (click here to accredit for this event) – includes declared leadership contenders Matt Hancock MP (Health Secretary), Sajid Javid MP (Home Secretary) and Dominic Raab MP (former Brexit Secretary). Each of them sets out key elements of their vision for our country’s future.
One of the great strengths of the modern conservative movement is its intellectual and ideological diversity. Through almost 40 different essays, this collection highlights that diversity – Leave and Remain, North and South, left and right, urban and rural. This is the first coherent expression of a New Conservativism.
The book is organised around six key themes, which form the backbone of the New Conservatism:
Contributors to this book include:
George Freeman MP, founder of the 2020 Conservatives Group, said:
“We are living through one of those volcanic change moments in politics: a 1975 or 1945 moment. The status quo is crumbling. The question is: who will shape the future?
“Unless a New Generation of Conservatives rise to the challenge we will let Corbyn in via the Brexit back door.
“We need a New Conservatism for a New Generation. That’s why I founded the 2020 Conservatives Group and curated this book, which I’m delighted we are publishing with the CPS – who were so instrumental in the last big rethink of Conservatism.
“William Beveridge published his landmark report in the darkest days of the second world war. 1980s Enterprise Conservatism was conceived in the dark days of the 1970s crisis. In the middle of this existential Brexit crisis, we offer this book inspired by those giant footsteps: big ideas and a bold vision for a new generation.
“Most of all, Britain Beyond Brexit is a wake-up call. If we’re going to answer the generational challenge, we’ve got to be brave enough to think beyond Brexit.”
Robert Colvile, Director of the Centre for Policy Studies, said:
“Since I became the CPS’s Director, we have worked with a host of MPs – many of them contributors to this book – to bring their ideas to a wider audience.
“We are therefore honoured and delighted to be acting as a publisher for this major collection of essays, put together by George Freeman and the 2020 Conservatives Group.
“There are essays here that echo proposals put forward by the CPS – and essays that challenge them. But all reflect that passion for new thinking. Collectively, they will undoubtedly make a major contribution to the vital debate about Britain’s post-Brexit future.”
Rt Hon Ruth Davidson MSP, Leader of the Scottish Conservative & Unionist Party, said:
“Britain is stuck. The Brexit impasse has paralysed Parliament and Government. The public is watching on with dismay at the impact this is having on the country’s reputation.
“Our task is clear: we must show the next generation how they can have greater opportunities than the last, and then make it happen. The ideas in this book are ready to be implemented now. Not tomorrow or the week after, but today.
“This book contains a treasure trove of ideas for political renewal.”
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