Our Proud History

A history of Union Blue UK

Union Blue UK has proud Conservative roots. Initially starting life as the Conservative Workers and Trade Unionists which was affiliated to the Conservative Party, it transitioned into ‘Union Blue’ in 2018 and continued this proud affiliation.

In 2021, the Conservative Party de-affiliated all groups and Union Blue UK was born. Although no longer affiliated we are a centre-right think thank and pressure group that campaigns for improving employment rights, tackling low pay, raising productivity and supporting greater employee satisfaction.

Robert Peel

Against the wishes of landowners repealed the Corn Law reducing the cost of food for all working people.

Benjamin Disraeli

Supported the regeneration of housing stock in our towns and cities to better provide decent accommodation for families Gave workers the right to sue companies if an employer broke work contracts Allowed picketing

Lord Sailsbury

Education Act (1881) made primary schooling free and available to all.

Stanley Baldwin

Coined principle of “property-owning democracy” (1924) Equal Franchise Act 1928 brought women’s voting age down to 21 years in line with men ‘The Widows, Orphans and Old-Age Pension Act’ (1925) provided a pension of 10 shillings a week for widows with extra payments for children, and 10 shillings a week for workers and their wives at age 65 years.

Winston Churchill

Education Act 1944 brought free secondary education to all Improved health and safety standards in quarries and mines Gave definition to what standard of housing was fit for human habitation.

Harold MacMillan

In the early 1950s delivered a new housing programme of over 300,000 homes per year Margaret Thatcher Reduced the basic rate of income tax from 33% to 25% so all workers could keep a higher proportion of their wage Introduced right to buy helping more than 1 million families to get onto the property ladder, many of them for the first time Through privatisation delivered lower prices and better services for all.

John Major

Oversaw Britain’s longest period of continuous economic growth Introduced the Citizen’s Charter giving people the power of choice when using public services.

David Cameron

Helped create 3 million apprenticeships Introduced a new National Living Wage for all working people aged 25 and over Starting next April 2016 at £7.20 an hour the Living Wage will reach over £9 an hour by 2020 Workers soon to be able to earn £11,000 before paying any income tax at all Taken 3.8 million workers out of income tax altogether.

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