Into Power 02: The Conservative Party’s 2010 transition from opposition to government

Into Power 02 looks at what political parties today can learn from the last time that power changed hands from one governing party to another here in the UK. It charts the transition process from Cameron’s modernisation of the Conservative Party in opposition, through to early reforms in government like Universal Credit and The Academies Act.

Drawing on conversations with former Conservative ministers and political advisers, along with former senior civil servants who experienced the move into power first hand, this publication makes recommendations for how an opposition party can set itself up to govern effectively and make good on ambitious promises made during the election campaign.

This is the second report in FGF’s Into Power series. The first, Into Power 01, looked at recent conservative-to-progressive transitions in the United States (2020) and Australia (2022).