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  • The New Social Covenant Unit exists to tackle old problems in new ways. This week, we launched a paper that proposes a new way to navigate the housebuilding impasse. We urgently need more homes, but many fear that the cost of development is too high – damaging to the countryside and to the fabric of […]
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  • Listen now (36 min) | This month Steve Baker MP speaks to Danny Kruger MP, online editor of the Critic, Sebastian Milbank, and Imogen Sinclair, Director of the NSCU
  • This week a seasoned speechmaker proved his emerging covenantal potential once again. Having previously won this award for his reference to Aristotle’s ethics of virtue, the Prime Minister opened the Address to Her Majesty with a speech oozing with national pride on behalf of Her subjects.
  • Each year, the State Opening of Parliament brings together the Commoners and Lords to hear the Monarch set out the government’s legislative agenda for the year ahead. This year Prince Charles read the speech, which detailed a range of bills that will come before both houses over the coming year.
  • This week Lisa Nandy MP, Shadow Levelling Up Secretary, reveals her own covenantal instincts. They have long dwelt in Nandy. In the wake of Brexit, she set up the ‘Centre for Towns’ which found that attachment to local places drove non-metropolitan areas to vote Leave in the 2016 Referendum.
  • The New Social Covenant
  • Each week the New Social Covenant Unit recognises Members of Parliament for their covenantal credentials as spotted on the green benches. This week, the debate on the new Covid-19 regulations saw MPs from across the House venture into new political territory. Could a new radical consensus be emerging from the fall out over the restrictions?
  • Each week the New Social Covenant Unit recognises Members of Parliament for their covenantal credentials as spotted on the green benches. Restore local pride in place, says Paul Howell MP Speaking to his Ten Minute Rule Motion on a ‘Community Wealth Fund’, Paul argued that both places and people are matter – social as much […]
  • Each week the New Social Covenant Unit recognises Members of Parliament for their covenantal credentials as spotted on the green benches. This week, we found a Tory MP, Labour MP and even Mr Speaker endorsing the ideas of the new social covenant. Individuals are more than mere automata, says Steve Baker
  • Each week the New Social Covenant Unit recognises Members of Parliament for their covenantal credentials as spotted on the green benches. Build Back Bury, says James Daly MP This week, James Daly MP called on the Minister for Sport to help his constituents buy Gigg Lane, the home stadium of Bury Football Club.
  • Each week the New Social Covenant Unit recognises Members of Parliament for their covenantal credentials as spotted on the green benches. This week, both the Prime Minister and former Shadow Chancellor applied themselves to the discipline of covenantal politics.
  • Each week the New Social Covenant Unit recognises Members of Parliament for their covenantal credentials as spotted on the green benches. Despite the House of Commons being in recess for much of this week, MPs still grabbed opportunities to tell Ministers what really matters.
  • Each week the New Social Covenant Unit recognises Members of Parliament for their covenantal credentials as spotted on the green benches. This week, Jo Gideon MP and Miriam Cates MP both championed principles of the new social covenant in the budget debate on Monday night.
  • What about towns and villages, asks Jerome Mayhew MP Each week the New Social Covenant Unit recognises a Member of Parliament for their covenantal credentials as spotted on the green benches. This week, the MP for Broadland, Jerome Mayhew, asked the Minister of State, Kemi Badenoch if ‘levelling up’ is more than a transfer of […]
  • We stand for families, communities and the nation – the associations that make individuals happy, safe and free. These associations form a ‘social covenant’ with the individual and the state – an agreement, inherited from history and passed on to future generations, to sustain our common life. We need a new social covenant to strengthen […]
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