About NSCU

12 Propositions

Danny Kruger has written a series of propositions outlining the new social covenant. 

What is the New Social Covenant?

We stand for families, communities and the nation – the associations that make people happy, safe and free. These associations, with the individual and the state, form a ‘social covenant’ – an agreement, inherited from history and passed on to future generations, to sustain our common life. We need a new social covenant for the 21st century.

What we do

Established in 2021 by Miriam Cates MP and Danny Kruger MP, the New Social Covenant Unit (the NSCU) exists to share an old-new set of ideas in British politics. We believe that the primary purpose of public policy should be to strengthen families, communities, and the nation: the associations that make individuals happy, safe and free. Given the unique threats and opportunities of our age we need a ‘new social covenant’: a restatement and adaptation of these ideas for the 21st century.

The New Social Covenant Unit is not a think-tank. We exist to promote ideas and policy suggestions from a range of people who agree with aspects of – not necessarily all – the ideas we believe in. Rather than claiming to have all the answers, we want to help British politics pivot towards the great opportunities of the new era we are in – to create a more local, more connected, more sustainable life for all. Different people will have different ideas of how to make this happen, and differences and disagreements are fruitful.

We want to work with individuals and organisations who share our vision, or just parts of it, whether they are on the Left or Right of politics or reject that binary distinction altogether. If you’d like to explore a collaboration please get in touch with Imogen Sinclair at imogen@newsocialcovenant.co.uk

Who we are

The NSCU is chaired by Miriam Cates and Danny Kruger and the Director is Imogen Sinclair.

Miriam Cates

Miriam was elected MP for Penistone and Stocksbridge in 2019. She is a parish councillor, community volunteer and a former science teacher.

Danny Kruger

Danny was elected MP for Devizes in 2019. He is a former adviser to Government on civil society policy, and the founder and CEO of two charities working with prisoners and young people at risk.

Imogen Sinclair

Imogen has several years’ experience working in Parliament and is the author of ‘Community Capital’ (2019) for the Centre for Social Justice. She holds a Masters with distinction in Philosophy and is a visiting fellow at St Mary’s University Institute of Theology and Liberal Arts.

The Unit’s Advisory Board comprises:



Professor Nigel Biggar | Regius Professor of Moral and Pastoral Theology, University of Oxford

Mary Harrington | Columnist, UnHerd

Dr James Orr | Lecturer in Philosophy of Religion, University of Cambridge

Jonathan Rutherford | Co-founder, Blue Labour

Dr Tom Simpson | Associate Professor of Philosophy and Public Policy, Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford

Rt Hon Ruth Kelly | Former Secretary of State for Transport, Communities, Education, and Senior Fellow at Policy Exchange