Election 2015: Digesting the Conservative Manifesto

The Social Market Foundation is hosting a series of debates that aims to scrutinise and evaluate each party manifesto.


The first of these events will focus on the Conservative Party’s commitments, please join us for a fun and informal lunchtime debate.

Date and time:
Tuesday 21 April 2015, 12.30 – 13.30
Lunch will be served from 12.00

Social Market Foundation
11 Tufton Street, London, SW1P 3QB

Professor Tim Bale, Professor of Politics at Queen Mary University and author of The Conservative Party: From Thatcher to Cameron
Sam Bowman, Deputy Director of the Adam Smith Institute
Ellie Cumbo, Fabian Women’s Network

Chair: Emran Mian, Director of the Social Market Foundation

With the campaign for the 2015 General Election in full swing, we eagerly await a comprehensive picture of what each political party is promising. Manifestos form the bedrock of the parties’ messages to voters, and enable the public to compare and contrast their key policy commitments.

Real change comes when the people are inspired and mobilised, when millions of us are fired up to play a part in the nation’s future.”

David Cameron, the 2010 Conservative Manifesto.

Key debate questions:

  • Which are the most surprising elements of the 2015 Conservative manifesto?
  • Which commitments are particularly strong, and which might the Party come to regret if they find themselves in power?
  • Is this a “winning” manifesto? Will it inspire and mobilise?