Our Story | Renew Britain

Our story

Our story

Renew is a movement and party, created for the people, by the people.  

Its platform is to Rethink Brexit: Renew Britain, bringing in people from outside the political system to create a new national vision and respond to what really matters to UK citizens.

Renew was founded by Chris Coghlan in mid-2017, quickly joined by James Torrance and later by James Clarke, building on their joint experience as independent candidates in the general election to promote a new centrist movement.

The team soon expanded and is now led by three principals: Sandra Khadhouri, James Clarke and James Torrance.

They are leading a team to build on the party’s impressive start and rally support from ordinary but inspiring people from all walks of life. The response so far has been overwhelming, as hundreds of candidates and supporters have been joining the movement and party from all over Britain.

This movement is about you and all the people of the United Kingdom – across regions, generations, professions, sectors, ethnicities. You might work in business or the public service, from any religion or ethnic minority, you might live at the top of a city tower block or a farm in the country, you might have a traditional education or relevant life experience or you could be just starting your career or beginning retirement. You could be a single working mother, trying to get by, or a young couple trying to afford a home and start a family.

We want citizens at the heart of political life, and we will only succeed with the commitment of each one of us. We are here not to convince but to listen and understand the problems, expectations and hopes of the British people at this critical moment in our history.

By joining us, you will actively participate in our journey, as Renew builds on its political philosophy to engage with the nation, and address the divisions and inequalities that undermine the fabric of our society. Together, we are working to renew the political landscape of tomorrow, and create a unifying vision for our communities, and the whole country.

We are heading out all over the country to listen to what you think we can do to renew our towns, our politics, our economy, our opportunities, and make sure we all have more hope for Britain.

Lets Renew !

Three Principals

James Torrance is an accountant and London Business School MBA. He has worked in India, China and Northern Ireland and was a world champion in 2014 in competitive debating. He was the Kensington stop Brexit independent candidate in the last general election and his vote count was enough to ensure the Kensington Brexiter Conservative MP Victoria Borwick lost.

Sandra Khadhouri is a strategic communications adviser, with experience working in countries in development or affected by conflict. She has worked on behalf of the UK government and international organisations such as EU, OSCE, UN, NATO, ICC and AU.  She was previously a journalist working for CNN, Euronews and Sky, and co-produced 5 documentaries. She has a Masters in International Law from Kings College.

James Clarke is a start-up strategy consultant who has worked as an educator, journalist, event manager and insurance underwriter in Tokyo, Sydney, Amsterdam, the US and London. He holds an MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics and stood as an independent candidate for Bermondsey and Old Southwark at the 2017 General Election.

Chris Coghlan is the chief operating officer of an African financial technology company and a former counter terrorism officer for the Foreign Office against ISIS. He is a serving reservist soldier. He founded the charity Grow Movement which has improved the lives of 50,000 people in Africa. Chris holds a Masters in Finance from London Business School and from Harvard University in Public Administration. In just three weeks of campaigning in the last general election, Chris achieved a vote count higher than the Liberal Democrats in a third of London.

We’d love to hear from you

If you share our ideals and want to get involved, please consider applying to be a candidate.