Two of the conservative big hitters Ruth Davidson and Michael Gove have joined forces to support a new think tank, as the party shores up its attempts to avoid sinking into political irrelevance.
The Scottish Conservative leader and environment secretary will serve as the keynote speakers during the launch of Onward, a modernisation project that is led by Will Tanner, a former Number 10 staffer, giving a warning that without new thinking, the conservatives (the tories) will “be finished for at least a generation.”
Last night, while talking on Westminster Hour, Tanner said that the two had been selected to spearhead the launch since they represent both Remain and Leave and are “some of the most inspiring leaders in the Conservative party.” A fresh YouGov poll discovered that almost half of 18- to-24 year-olds said that they would never vote for a Tory.
Davidson wrote in the Guardian before the launch that was held today. She said that winning young people over would need a fundamental change in the way the policies were generated.
She wrote: “The younger generation, and society at large is not yearning for a five-year plan of centrally delivered tractor quotas. Instead, we are a society that prizes individual autonomy and freedom of expression, and expects the government to help us to achieve our goals, not set them.”
She added: “Conservatives should seek to embrace this open, liberal outlook as a positive – and not a threat. But talk is one thing: we must also focus on finding practical solutions that meet the needs of people – because it is only through deeds that trust can be restored.”
Michael Gove stated: “The Conservative party is at its best when it appeals beyond its core vote and puts forward a reforming, forward-looking agenda that responds to the concerns of the entire nation.”
A Tory proposal that is aimed to win young voters over with discount cards from Nando’s has been turned down by the restaurant.