In November 2017, the Centre for Policy Studies launched its new flagship New Generation project, designed to harness the talent, energy and enthusiasm of a new breed of policy thinkers, led by MPs from the 2015 and 2017 intakes. Since the launch, several publications have been producted under the New Generation banner.
In May we launched 'New Blue: Ideas for a New Generation' which brought together essays from Conservative MPs from the 2015 and 2017 intakes and centre-right thinkers from outside Parliament. The lauch, which was addressed by Michael Gove and Ben Bradley - Conservative Party Vice-Chair for Youth who facilitated the essay collection - was widely covered. The essays and the launch featured in The Times, The Telegraph, and Huffington Post to name just some and the event gained a lot of attention on social media.
Also in May, Alan Mak MP set out his proposals for a digital-first NHS in 'Powerful Patients, Paperless Systems;. The report was warmly welcomed by Jeremy Hunt, Health and Social Care Secretary, who spoke at the report launch, saying it was a "powerful and practical" report that showed "inspiring vision".
In December the Centre for Policy Studies launched the second report, Chris Philp's 'Homes for Everyone' with an event in Parliament which is available on our website. Chris presented his report to attendees and discussed his proposals to limit the number of new build homes that can be sold to foreign buyers, speeding up the selling off of public land for house building, and fast-tracking planning approval and dispute resolution.
Brilliant @CPSthinktank report by @CPhilpOfficial about how to get Britain building and increase home ownership. Brimming with deliverable policies, from making developers’ contributions more predictable to allowing councils to charge higher planning fees for prompt decisions. pic.twitter.com/vWDVReu5Vk— Oliver Cooper (@OliverCooper) December 13, 2017
The report's proposals for boosting home ownership among Britons was covered widely by the press, with pieces in The Telegraph, Daily Mail, The Sun, City A.M., Independent, and CapX as well as various housing publications including 24housing and Property Wire.
Back in October, Rishi Sunak's plan to growth Britain's small businesses 'A New Era for Retail Bond' was published and received postive coverage. Matt Ridley spoke in support of the report in the House of Lords and asked the government to consider the proposals within it.
In November 2017, the Centre for Policy Studies launched the 'New Generation' programme at the London offices of M&C Saatchi in front of a packed crowd of MPs, journalists, conservative thinkers, and CPS supporters.
Speaking at the launch, Amber Rudd, Home Secretary, welcomed "the start of something really extraordinary”, noting that it will be “only with [the New Generation’s] help that we’ll be able to make the changes that we all believe in”.
The Home Secretary also praised the work of the Centre for Policy Studies, highlighting not just its work following its founding by Margaret Thatcher and Keith Joseph but more recent successes such as Lord Saatchi's proposal for the poor to be taken out of tax.
Pointing out that the raising of the personal allowance had delivered a tax cut to 40 million people and taken three million out of income tax altogether, she urged the Conservatives to be "prouder and louder" in boasting of the success of such policies.
Theresa May, the Prime Minister, also welcomed the launch of the project.
In a letter to Graham Brady MP, Deputy Chairman of the Centre for Policy Studies and Chairman of the 1922 Committee, she said she was "delighted" to express her support.
"It was thanks to the pioneering work of the Centre for Policy Studies that the Conservative Party successfully made the case for free markets and won the battle of ideas in the 1970s and '80s," she wrote.
"Today we must win that argument again for a new generation, defend free and open markets, and the values of freedom, equality, rights, responsibilities and the rule of law that lie at their heart."
The Prime Minister added that "as we fight this new battle of ideas, I want to make the most of all the talent in the Conservative Party... I am delighted that our brilliant 2015 and 2017 intakes will be at the heart of the New Generation project, and I look forward to hearing the ideas that they put forward."
Lord Saatchi, the CPS's Chairman, also spoke, describing the CPS's task as being to act as an "intellectual rescue" for the pro-market movement. There were also brief remarks by Graham Brady; Ben Elliot, co-founder of Quintessentially and the CPS's new Treasurer; and Robert Colvile, CPS Director. All the speeches from the evening are available on our website.
At the launch party - whose audience included many of the MPs contributing to the project, as well as other MPs, ministers and peers - Robert Colvile described many of the upcoming papers that will form part of the New Generation project.
You can read Lord Saatchi and Graham Brady's article on the project from The Sunday Telegraph, or Robert Colvile's piece on ConservativeHome. It has also been covered by The Times, The Telegraph, The Spectator, The Sun, The Independent, Huffington Post, the Daily Mail, and elsewhere.