Common Sense Group
FormationSummer 2020
Edward Leigh
John Hayes
Vice Chairman
Tom Hunt
Parent organisation
Conservative Party

The Common Sense Group is an informal group of Conservative MPs in the United Kingdom who advocate a broad range of ideals that they think the Conservative Party and the country ought to be following.

The group was inspired by the euro-sceptic European Research Group and has published a book, Common Sense: Conservative Thinking for a Post-Liberal Age.[1][2]


The Guardian said in November 2020 that the group "launched quietly in the summer with about 40 members ... and now has 59 MPs and 7 members of the House of Lords in its ranks".[1] Its president is Edward Leigh MP.[3]

The Common Sense Group has been said to be a revival of the Cornerstone Group, which appeared to be inactive after the 2019 elections (the source of the Cornerstone "About" page shows a last modified date in 2018).[4]

Following an interim report on the connections between colonialism and properties now in the care of the National Trust, including links with historic slavery, members of the group signed a letter to The Telegraph in November 2020. The letter accused the National Trust of being "coloured by cultural Marxist dogma, colloquially known as the woke agenda".[5]

The group's manifesto, Common Sense: Conservative Thinking for a Post-Liberal Age, was published in May 2021.[2] John Hayes MP wrote in the Preface, "With opportunities provided by Brexit, the time for a refreshed national conversation on the defining issues of our time – nationhood, community, migration, the rule of law and public order – is now."[6][7]


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Members of the group include:[5][6]

Members of Parliament:

Members of the House of Lords:


See also


  1. ^ a b Bland, Archie; Elgot, Jessica (11 November 2020). "Dissatisfied Tory MPs flock to ERG-inspired pressure groups". The Guardian. Retrieved 19 May 2022.
  2. ^ a b Steerpike (12 May 2022). "Tories unveil anti-woke manifesto". The Spectator. Retrieved 19 May 2022.
  3. ^ Conference 2021: What's on? - Monday 4th October, Fringe Events - 8:30pm the Common Sense Group & Blue Collar Conservatives (PDF). 2021. p. 88. Retrieved 21 May 2022.
  4. ^ "About us". Cornerstone. 20 June 2018.
  5. ^ a b "Will the police break up Armistice Day ceremonies on Wednesday?". The Telegraph. 9 November 2020. Retrieved 20 May 2022. Letter to the Editor signed by Lee AndersonGareth BaconScott BentonBob BlackmanBen BradleyBrendan Clarke-SmithPhilip DaviesNick FletcherJonathan GullisSally-Ann HartJohn HayesTom HuntEdward LeighAndrew LewerChris LoderMarco LonghiCraig MackinlayKarl McCartneyPauline LathamDavid MorrisAndrew RosindellJames SunderlandMartin VickersGiles WatlingWilliam WraggBaroness EatonLord Lilley
  6. ^ a b Hayes, John (May 2021). Common Sense: Conservative Thinking for a Post-Liberal Age (pdf). Common Sense Group. Authors: Foreword: Michael Nazir-Ali • Preface: John Hayes • Essays: Gareth BaconJames Sunderland • David Maddox • Edward LeighSally-Ann HartDanny KrugerPeter LilleyMarco LonghiChris LoderTom HuntAndrew LewerJoy MorrisseyNick FletcherLord Horam of GrimsarghLord Hodgson of Astley AbbottsAlexander StaffordRobin MillarFiona BruceDavid Burrowes
  7. ^ Bale, Tim (25 May 2021). "Opinion: The Tory 'war on woke' has a manifesto – and its targets are crushingly familiar". The Guardian. Retrieved 20 May 2022.