Progressive Conservatism Project

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Launched in 2009 by Demos "In this event marking the launch of a major new initative to explore this concept, David Cameron will open proceedings with a keynote speech, followed by Project Director Phillip Blond on the future of progressive conservatism. Demos' Director Richard Reeves will then chair a panel discussion on the insights and limits of progressive conservatism. John Cruddas MP, Will Hutton, Prof. John Gray and Oliver Letwin MP will be among the respondents. The event will conclude with a drinks reception." [1]

Former Advisors

The project will draw on an external advisory board including: [1]

  • David Willets MP – Shadow Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills
  • Frank Field MP – Labour MP and former Minister for Welfare Reform
  • Greg Clark MP – Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change
  • Danny Finkelstein – Commentator and former Conservative advisor
  • Zac Goldsmith - former Editor of the Ecologist and Conservative candidate for Richmond Park
  • John Gray – Emeritus Professor of European Social Thought, LSE
  • Alan Riley – Reader in Private Law, City Law School, City University
  • Ferdinand Mount – Commentator and former head of Conservative Policy Unit
  • Maggie Pagano – Business Editor, Independent on Sunday

Resources and articles

Related Sourcewatch articles


  1. Progressive Conservatism Launch, Demos, accessed May 12, 2015.