David Cameron has urged Theresa May to recommit to the process of modernising the Conservative Party as he warned the Tories needed to set out a “more inspiring vision”.
The former Prime Minister said that in order for the Conservatives to win over young people who have been drawn to Jeremy Corbyn they must offer a positive blueprint for the UK.
He said told the Evening Standard: “We on the centre-Right side of the argument have to have just as inspiring a vision — a more inspiring vision — of how you build not just a strong economy but a strong society and a better life.”
Mr Cameron said that there was a need to “win the argument” against hard-left policies “in every generation” and that the Tories could not leave Mr Corbyn’s vision for Britain unchallenged.
He also insisted that the Tories must not “slip backwards” as he stressed the importance of continuing to modernise the party.
“Modernisation isn’t an event,” he said.
“It is a process. A political party should be asking itself all the time, ‘am I properly in touch with and reflecting the society and the country?’.
"I want us to go on being the open, liberal, tolerant party that we became post-2005 because I think that was part of our success.”
Mr Cameron stepped down as Prime Minister in the aftermath of the EU referendum in 2016 and he was eventually replaced by Mrs May.