Last weekend, over 100 people joined Bright Blue at our “Tory modernisation 2.0” conference to discuss the future of the Conservative Party. It was an incredibly positive, creative atmosphere and delegates were brimming with new ideas about the future of the Party and Britain.
We were joined by talented and thoughtful speakers: David Willetts MP, Kwasi Kwarteng MP, Sam Gymiah MP, Jane Ellison MP, Kris Hopkins MP, Liz Truss MP, the RSA’s Matthew Taylor, Phillip Blond of Respublica, Conservative Future’s Ben Howlett, David Skelton of Policy Exchange, Janan Ganesh of the Economist, and Rohan Silva and Shaun Bailey from Number 10.
Bright Blue is a movement that brings together activists, councillors and MPs to champion liberal, progressive Conservatism. We want the Party to proudly stand for two dispositions: first, the spreading of power, freedom and opportunity – a vision shared with liberals. Second, compassion for others, especially vulnerable people, through strong relationships and active communities. David Willetts expressed this beautifully in his keynote speech to the conference: “If the first principle is about wings the second is about roots”.