How Conservatives can lead the fight against discrimination


Bright Blue Researcher James Dobson writes for Conservative Home to introduce Bright Blue's new report 'Britain breaking barriers: Strengthening human rights and tackling discrimination'.

Here is an excerpt:

Last year, Bright Blue launched a year-long inquiry, headed by three former Conservative Cabinet Ministers, to understand and find new ways to tackle all forms of discrimination, including gender, racial, disability, sexual, and religious discrimination. The final report from this inquiry launched today, and focuses in particular on removing discrimination in education and employment.

Each policy recommendation is underpinned by conservative principles. Some are small reforms, some attempt to get the state out of people’s way, and some accept “the good that government can do” to unlock people’s potential.

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Brexit is Britain's chance to become a human rights superpower

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Bright Blue Director Ryan Shorthouse writes for The Telegraph on the new 'Britain breaking barriers' report.

Here is an excerpt:

"The current Prime Minister has rightly made it an ambition for the UK to be a “global leader in free trade” after Brexit. This will be vital, as it has been in the past, for this country’s prosperity and security. But, as Bright Blue argues in a report we have launched on Monday, it is time for the Government to champion and prepare for the UK to be a global leader in human rights, too."

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Theresa May urged to clarify stance on European rights convention

Our Researcher James Dobson is quoted in The Guardian urging Theresa May to stick to the position she held during her leadership race that she would not try to take the UK out of the treaty.

Here is an excerpt from the quote:

“The European convention on human rights is a vital document – written and championed by Conservative politicians after the atrocities of world war two – that promotes freedom and provides protection to people across Europe. These freedoms and protections include the rights of gay and lesbian people, the rights of the media against state censorship, more effective prosecution of domestic violence, and the rights of illegitimate children. Britain must remain a proud signatory of it.”

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Theresa May Must Commit To The ECHR

Bright Blue Researcher James Dobson blogs for the Huffington Post on the importance of Theresa May committing to the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). 

Here is an excerpt:

"The PM is known to be sceptical of the ECHR which delayed the extradition of the hate preacher Abu Hamza during her time as Home Secretary. She called for withdrawal from the ECHR in the run-up to the Brexit referendum, but later stated, during her successful Conservative Party leadership bid, that she would not pursue withdrawal because she believed that Parliament would not support it.

However, the PM’s scepticism is misplaced. The ECHR is originally derived from English common law and conservatives should feel very comfortable with its contents. It was drafted after the Second World War to protect individuals from an overreaching state and undue power. This was both to prevent the atrocities that had just occurred across Europe, but also to limit the rise of socialism in Eastern Europe."

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