After the 2017 general election, the CPF led a Party-wide consultation into Conservative values. Now, with the election of a new Party Leader and new Prime Minister, we want to give Members the opportunity to reflect again on who we are as a Party and how our values should be reflected in the policies that we seek to champion and implement.
In recent years, the CPF has facilitated five national policy discussions each year. Necessarily, even when these are fairly broad ranging, this cannot create the space for discussion across all the areas of policy that are of interest to different members. This discussion paper breaks free of those constraints and invites supporters of the Party to suggest policy ideas for any sphere of how we organise ourselves as a society.
This topic is a change from what we originally advertised, so apologies to those of you who were looking forward to discussing under-18s education. We could have proceeded with a policy discussion on this subject, but it makes sense to use the Party’s transition in leadership to broaden our focus. Also, by waiting until the new education team are in place, it means that when we do discuss education, later in the year, our suggestions will be more relevant to both the vision cast by the new PM and the priorities of the new Secretary of State.
To generate even wider discussion and debate, why not record short videos (of less than 30 seconds duration) of individuals stating what values-based policy they are proposing (“As Conservatives, we believe in …”) and what their policy idea is (“so we should…”)? Then post it on social media using the hashtag #CPFMembersManifesto. E.g. “As Conservatives, we believe in living within our means, so we should borrow only to invest in infrastructure.”
We want as many associations and members as possible to engage in this wide-ranging discussion. So, we are launching this consultation before the summer break and invite groups to send their responses at any time until 20 October. The closing date for our discussion on the Post-Brexit Economy remains 31 August. Please send your responses via CPF.Papers@conservatives.com, using the response form published below. Our next paper will then be on Under-18s Education. This will be published in the third week of October and will run to the end of the year. Thank you for your understanding and your participation.
|Discussion||Publication date||Deadline for responses|
|Post-Brexit Economy||7 May||31 August|
|Values-Based Policy-Making||23 July||20 October|
|Under-18s Education||w/c 21 October||31 December|
A summary of responses to this discussion paper will form the basis of a CPF Members’ Manifesto and will be sent to the Prime Minister, Party Chairman and CPF Chairman within a month of the closing date for submissions. We look forward to hearing your ideas on this important topic.