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Tory minister Suella Braverman says the party should restore Thatcherite ‘Torch of Liberty’ logo


More leadership jostling as Tory minister Suella Braverman says the party should replace David Cameron’s tree logo with ‘Torch of Liberty’ logo used under Thatcher to help the party ‘stamp out the long tail of Blairism’

  • Attorney General said burning flame would help snuff out ‘long tail of Blairism’
  • The logo was replaced by David Cameron after he became Tory leader in 2006 
  • New tree logo has been criticised. One MP has likened it to a head of broccoli

The Conservative Party should replace its much maligned tree logo with its former Tree of Liberty emblem to revive the spirit of Margaret Thatcher, a senior minister said today.

Attorney General Suella Braverman suggested the burning flame logo used in the late 20th century would help snuff out the ‘long tail of Blairism’ and restore true Tory values. 

The logo was replaced by David Cameron after he became Tory leader in 2006 in a bid to disassociate the party with the sleaze of the Major years.

But the new logo has often been criticised. It was initially green, but was rebranded in blue  after a year and later in union jack colours. One MP has likened it to a head of broccoli. 

In a wide-ranging interview with the Conservative Home website, Ms Braverman said:  ‘The old logo, the torch of liberty, wouldn’t it be great to bring that back?

Attorney General Suella Braverman suggested the burning flame logo used in the late 20th century would help snuff out the ‘long tail of Blairism’ and restore true Tory values.

The part's Torch of Liberty logo used during the Thatcher years, before being axed by David Cameron in 2006

The part’s Torch of Liberty logo used during the Thatcher years, before being axed by David Cameron in 2006

But the new logo has often been criticised. It was initially green, but was rebranded in blue after a year and later in Union Jack colours. One MP has likened it to a head of broccoli.

But the new logo has often been criticised. It was initially green, but was rebranded in blue after a year and later in Union Jack colours. One MP has likened it to a head of broccoli.

‘I’m not saying I don’t like the tree, but if we really want to, as I say, stamp out this long tail of Blairism, and define ourselves as Conservatives who value liberty, who trust individuals, who know that it’s responsibilities and duties that bind us as communities, as a country, as families, which actually bring that collective contentment, that’s why I’m a Conservative, then yes, let’s try the torch of liberty.’

In an interview that will raise suggestions that she is joining the group of ministers who want to replace Boris Johnson when and if he quits or is removed as PM, she also opposed a windfall tax on energy firms.

She also supported the idea of former Brexit minister Lord Frost, now a champion of the party’s right, quitting the House of Lords to sit in the Commons.

Ms Braverman’s parents emigrated to Britain in the 1960s from Kenya and Mauritius,. Her father’s family is originally from Goa in India. 

In her Con Home interview she also defended the British Empire and its impact on the realms it conquered.

‘My background is one that is ferociously proud of Britain, Britain’s history, Britain’s welcome,’ she said.

‘My parents were born under the British Empire. They came to this country with a huge fondness for the British Empire.

‘What Britain brought to their countries, Mauritius and Kenya and India where we have our origins, was remarkable. And I get very saddened by this apology and shame, promulgated by the Left and commenced by the collective guilt that started under Tony Blair, that is pervading our society.’

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