The new ConservativeHome
By Tim Montgomerie
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Today sees the biggest changes to ConservativeHome for some time. There are cosmetic changes, changes to our structure and also some new contributors.
The biggest change is that we have a new set of regular columnists:
- Bruce Anderson is widely regarded as one of Fleet Street's finest writers. He'll be writing two or three times a week and his first column is now live: Cameron would like to combine the social stability of the 1950s with the economic dynamism of the 1980s.
- The five other new contributors are Anthony Browne, Jill Kirby, Danny Kruger, Ruth Lea and Stephan Shakespeare.
The columnists will, we hope, give more range to the daily ConHome experience. Although independent-minded, Danny Kruger, former speechwriter to the Prime Minister, and Bruce Anderson tend, for example, to be more Cameroonian in their worldview.
The FutureConservatism.com pages represent the second biggest change. In coming days and months these pages will set out the kind of electoral manifesto and machine that can help deliver a Tory majority at the next election. This will be the start of a migration of ConHome from a website into a broader campaigning organisation. We begin today with a brief look at the 'After the Coalition' ideas of Boris Johnson, David Davis and a Gang of Five new Tory MPs.
- The Parliament page has become a place that will not just cover what our MPs are saying in Parliament but what MPs, peers and candidates are doing and saying more generally. Today we note that Heather Wheeler has become the tenth Tory MP to publicly declare her support for leaving the EU.
- The new Accountability Page will look at how the Coalition is doing relative to its promises and the nation's challenges. The section kicks off with Paul Goodman looking at the work of junior ministers - beginning with Damian Green.
- ThinkTankCentral has become TalkingPoints and will relaunch tomorrow.
Not every bug has been fixed in time for today. Please bear with us as we iron out some of these issues and, in particular, fill up the second and third columns with new content. Use the thread below to point out things that you like and don't like and we'll try and address these issues as the week progresses. Thanks and I hope you enjoy the new ConservativeHome!