Tamworth Prize 2024

The Tamworth Prize is Bright Blue’s annual essay competition for young people aged 21 and under. It is a chance for young people to make their case for liberal conservatism in Britain today. We welcome submissions from people of all backgrounds!

The Prize is named after the Tamworth Manifesto which Sir Robert Peel published in 1834. The Tamworth Manifesto set out what the Conservative Party would stand for in a changing Britain following the passing of the Great Reform Act two years earlier. You can read more about The Tamworth Manifesto in Chapter One of our book, The Modernisers’ Manifesto.

This year’s essay question is: ‘Can generative AI change Britain for the better?’

The deadline for this submissions is 9:00 AM on Friday 30th August 2024. All submissions should be sent to will.p@brightblue.org.uk with the subject header, ‘Tamworth Prize 2024 Submission’.

Winners of the Tamworth Prize will: feature in Bright Blue’s high-profile Centre Write magazine; be entitled to a week of work experience with the Bright Blue team in London; and get to have tea-for-two with a member of Bright Blue’s Advisory Council.

Past Tamworth Prize winners

2015 winner Oliver Shore, whose essay featured in July 2015’s Centre Write magazine

2016 winner Joe Slater, whose essay featured in December 2016’s Centre Write magazine

2017 winner David Verghese, whose essay featured in April 2018’s Centre Write magazine

2018 winner James Smith, whose essay featured in October 2018’s Centre Write magazine

2019 winner Anya Nash, whose essay featured in July 2019’s Centre Write magazine

2020 winner Ollie Tinker, whose essay featured in October 2020’s Centre Write magazine

2021 winner Tom Spencer, whose essay featured in February 2022’s Centre Write magazine

2022 winner Cllr Jude D’Alesio, whose essay featured in our Autumn 2023 Centre Write magazine

2023 winner Callum Westwood, whose essay will feature in our March 2024 Centre Write magazine

Congratulations to 2023’s winner Callum Westwood and his essay discussing “What should government do to reduce intergenerational inequity?”