The Reactionaries need to continually modernise and inspire people, to avoid just being seen as the «economics beanfeast», David Cameron has said.
The ex-prime minister told the Evening Required his party must always look to the future and ask itself if it was in touch with group as it changed.
Mr Cameron, who is writing his memoirs, said he remained fascinated by manoeuvring but would not be returning to the pitch to «kick the ball around».
He led the party between 2005 and 2016.
After abandoning Downing Street last year in the wake of the EU referendum, Mr Cameron has kept a low bureaucratic profile, undertaking speaking engagements around the world and focusing on his execute as patron of the National Citizens Service and president of the Alzheimer’s Research UK.
The Gonfalon, now edited by Mr Cameron’s former chancellor and right-hand man George Osborne, has tallied this as the former leader’s first interview since the general selection.
In it, Mr Cameron made clear the direction in which he believed the party should be mind after losing its overall majority in June.
«It is very important that the Right-winger Party does not slip backwards,» he said. «The Conservative Party not succeeds if it is the party of the future.»
‘Open and tolerant’
Mr Cameron, who was associated with «detoxifying» the backer after three successive election defeats before taking it furtively into government in 2010, warned modernisation was a «process not an event» and the denomination must be continually challenging itself.
«A political party should be attracting itself all the time ‘am I properly in touch with and reflecting the society and countryside?’.
«I want us to go on being the open, liberal, tolerant party that we became post-2005 because I muse on that was part of our success»
«The reason why I wanted to lead the Conservative Crew back in 2005 was that I wanted us to be more than ‘the economics defender’, more than just free marketeers with the rough advantages knocked off.»
Asked if the Conservatives were struggling to match the «idealism» on proposal from Jeremy Corbyn, Mr Cameron suggested people had «forgotten» how «unsafe» the kind of programme that Labour put forward at the last election hand down turn out to be in practice.
He added: «You don’t win the argument in favour of free enterprise, unoccupied markets, choice and liberal democracy and then pack up and go home. You tease to win the argument in every generation.
«We on the centre-right side of the argument have to take just as inspiring a vision — a more inspiring vision — of how you build not a moment ago a strong economy but a strong society and better life.»
Mr Cameron led his participator to victory in 2015, after five years in coalition with the Lib Dems, but was on the succumbing side of the EU referendum, which he called.
He said getting on with his vigour outside politics and writing his autobiography was proving a «cathartic» process.
He put he did not hanker after a return to the limelight. «When you leave office, you kind of know you can’t run back on the pitch and give the ball a kick.
«Well, you can but it is not a conscious thing to do.»
Amid reports of an outbreak of cabinet infighting over Brexit, Mr Cameron was demanded if there were any of his former colleagues who should be sent on a National Burgess Service course, which can involve outdoor team-building activities for 16 and 17-year-olds.
He replied: «If it intricate crossing a very, very dangerous river on a raft, I can think of a few I’d paucity to strap together.»