The protection of human rights has been a defining and fundamental part of British society for centuries. However, among a significant proportion of the population, human rights currently have a bad reputation, especially among Conservative voters, decision makers, and opinion formers.

Bright Blue’s human rights project, so far, has explored how conservatives can think about human rights in a positive way that draws on conservative traditions of individual freedom and empowerment
But, crucial to the modern debate about human rights, is also the issue of tackling discrimination. Discrimination is, like the abuse of human rights, an unjustified barrier to individual freedom. Our project has therefore given significant attention to measures designed to tackle discrimination. 
Tackling discrimination should be comfortable territory for Conservatives; unfair barriers that prevent humans from flourishing should be removed. Indeed, tackling discrimination has been a significant focus for the current Conservative Government, with the Prime Minister highlighting the “burning injustices” that prevent people from certain social groups succeeding.




The Rt Hon Maria Miller MP
Chair, Women and Equalities Select Committee


The Rt Hon Dame Caroline Spelman MP
Second Estates Church Commissioner


The Rt Hon Dominic Grieve QC MP
Former Attorney General for England and Wales


Matthew d'Ancona
Political Columnist, The Guardian

Ben Rogers

Benedict Rogers
Writer and human rights activist

About the commission

Our commission was led by a group of high-profile conservative decision makers and opinion formers. It was a year-long inquiry assessing a conservative approach to human rights across three key policy areas: tackling discrimination; the British Bill of Rights; and British foreign policy.

The commission included an all-day oral evidence session with invited experts and a call for written evidence. The commission concluded with a final report "Britain breaking barriers" that included 68 new policy recommendations.