The Tony Blair Institute insisted the conference was not about creating a new political party. However, the summit will fuel speculation that the group will eventually become a party after Labor has moved leftward since Mr Blair left office.

A source told Politico: ‘There are people who think it’s the new embryonic center party, but no one wants to say that.’

The Britain Project’s advisory board includes a number of former MPs and ministers ousted from their parties by less centrist policies. It includes former Conservative ministers cut off from the party after Brexit, Rory Stewart and David Gauke, and ex-MPs Angela Smith and Luciana Berger, who left Labor to join Change UK.

Sir Tony first mentioned the work on the conference in a speech in January as he warned of a “gaping hole in the government of Britain where new ideas should be”.

He said Brexit, technology and climate change are three “game-changing changes” the UK is “ill-prepared” for.

Sir Tony said: “We need to make our economy highly competitive, attract world-class talent and make our independence from the EU a platform for economic growth.

“But he needs a plan, into which hard work and thought have gone. Policy details. Strategic analysis. Currently, there are none.

The Tony Blair Institute has been contacted for comment.

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