Continue to champion British values around the globe
Last updated: 08:42pm 11 December 2019
Conservative Party Manifesto 2017, p.22
We will continue to champion British values around the globe: freedom, democracy, tolerance and the rule of law.
In 2006, the Fabian Society held a conference on the Future of Britishness at which Gordon Brown gave the keynote speech. That event and that speech were part of a growing political interest in British identity and values which has rumbled on ever since. Something very similar to the definition of British values in this policy was first officially outlined in the Prevent Strategy in 2011, and schools are now required to actively promote fundamental British values. Whatever disagreements there may be about how British values are defined, this policy is a promise to champion freedom, democracy, tolerance and the rule of law around the world.
Broadly, this policy aims to ensure that Britain is a force for good on the global stage. There are many other policies in the manifesto which, if fulfilled, would help to achieve that goal. Click through the links in “Related Policies” below to see our verdicts for each individual promise.
In May 2019, the Foreign Secretary appointed the UK’s first International Ambassador for Human Rights, a role with three main objectives:
- enhance the UK’s profile and leadership, including at the UN Human Rights Council
- work with other countries to support and advance human rights
- promote the UK’s priority campaigns
That appointment of an international ambassador to defend and advance human rights, alongside many of the actions outlined in related policies listed below, is evidence of the UK government continuing to champion the values of “freedom, democracy, tolerance and the rule of law”. This policy is ‘done’.
Value the details?
- Jeremy Hunt appoints roving Human Rights Ambassador to champion human rights across the globe – Gov.uk
- Rita French – Gov.uk
- Britain champions free speech, so we’re leading the war on fake news: article by Jeremy Hunt – Gov.uk
- Foreign Office launches 2018 Human Rights and Democracy Report – Gov.uk
- Should teachers ‘promote’ British values? – BBC News
- House of Lords Library Note – Debate on 19th June: Britishness – Parliament.uk
- Guidance on promoting British values in schools published – Gov.uk
- Support an international order in which rules govern state conduct
- Reform multilateral institutions, especially in how development funds are distributed
- Push the United Nations and other international bodies to end Modern Slavery
- Promote democracy (and other principles) across the world
- Place the BBC World Service and the British Council on a secure footing
- Maintain commitment of 0.7 per cent of our gross national income on international aid and development
- Lead the world in working to end extreme child poverty
- Lead global efforts to tackle sexual violence in conflict
- Lead a global campaign for the education of women and girls
- Provide global leadership on development (aid)
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