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About us

Centre is a think tank and a pressure group which supports strong public services and free markets. Whilst these are often seen as opposing ideas, we believe in combining them just as the Nordic countries have. It creates an economy that funds better public services and public services that create more educated and healthier workers. To promote this vision, we have members from across the UK from every party who we work with to create and promote centrist policies.


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Strong public services

We support a comprehensive welfare state. This includes an education system based on Finland’s, prisons focused on reform as they have in Norway and a minimum income for anyone who is unemployed.

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Free markets

We believe in less regulation and competitive markets. This includes collective bargaining and workers on company boards to agree deals with businesses just as they do in the Nordic countries.

Latest publications

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Learning from Denmark on taxes

Centre views: The Nordic model is famous for three things; free markets, strong public services and high taxes. Free markets and strong public services are popular but the great public services come at the cost of higher taxes. There is, however, a choice between flat taxes or progressive taxation to […]

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A third way on nuclear weapons’

Centre views: Despite years of reducing the number of nuclear weapons’ the UK has the government has changed course. After the Defence review by the government the cap on the number of nuclear weapons will now rise from 180 warheads to 260 […]

The title "The Case for the European Free Trade Association, Centre views" with an image of the Norwegian flag in the background.

The Case for the European Free Trade Association

Centre views: Last week, the Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab met with his Norwegian counterpart Ine Eriksen Søreide.  Much of what was discussed, however, should not only be welcomed but actively encouraged to go beyond […]

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