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The essay of 2019 winner Anya Nash featured in Summer 2019’s Centre Write magazine.

The Tamworth Prize 2020

The Tamworth Prize for 2020 is open now! The question for this year’s Prize is: What should ‘One Nation Conservatism’ mean in the 2020s?

Boris Johnson has made ‘One Nation Conservatism’ central to his pitch to the nation. He has touted the relevance of his agenda to the whole country, from Kensington to Sedgefield. What exactly this will mean in practice will be the story of his premiership. Your task is to tell us what ‘One Nation Conservatism’ should mean over the new decade.

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.

The winning entry will:

  • Be published in Bright Blue’s Centre Write magazine.
  • Be Invited to deliver a short speech about their entry at an upcoming Bright Blue  conference. The conference will be attended by leading figures in politics, business, and the media.
  • Be offered a week’s work experience at Bright Blue.
  • Be offered Tea for Two with one of Bright Blue’s Advisory Council members.

Submissions are open until 12:00 on Friday 3rd April 2020. Essays should be no more than one thousand words long. Please include your name, date of birth, and contact information including phone number and address in the header of your essay. Entries should be emailed to Joseph Silke, Research and Communications Assistant, at ‘’.