Reigniting the liberal flame for the 2020s
When we set up movement46 just five months ago, it was with the idea of splitting the Conservative Party. Little could we have imagined then that Boris Johnson would be doing that job for us.
The Conservative Party we see today in parliament bears little resemblance to that of the summer. Gone are David Gauke, Dominic Grieve, Phillip Lee, Sam Gymah, Antoinette Sandbach…the list may not be endless, but it is very long, Gone also, to all intents and purposes, are some of the titans of Conservatives past, such as Lord Heseltine and Ken Clarke.
They have been replaced with over 100 new MPs, many of whom espouse policies far to the right of anything seen before in a mainstream party. No wonder the Brexit Party didn’t feel the need to put up candidates in Conservative held seats
At a local level, the summer saw liberal Conservatives leaving in their droves. Make no mistake the Conservative Party has split.
A large proportion, perhaps a majority, of the population declare a belief in values that are open, tolerant, equal, cooperative and internationalist. However, when offered the choice at the General Election, they voted for a party and politicians who, by their actions, have been shown to share very few of those values.
We need to understand why – and resolve to change it.
For this reason, movement46 is moving away from a simple campaigning role and is planning the creation of a foundation. The primary purpose of this body will be to develop a strategy and policies that will convert those values mentioned above, into a platform capable of turning back the forces of populism and achieving electoral success.
We hope you will join us in this quest. Our goal is simple – make Britain Britain again.