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Bright Blue is delighted to announce that award-winning journalist and author Matthew d’Ancona has been appointed its Chair.

Commenting on the appointment, Director of Bright Blue Ryan Shorthouse said:

“Conservatism is at a crossroads. It is vital that an optimistic, modern and compassionate conservatism has a strong identity and voice – for the long-term success of the Conservative Party and the country. We’re thrilled Matt is becoming the Chair of Bright Blue to help us articulate and champion liberal conservatism. He is a gifted and influential writer who will help Bright Blue’s profile and impact grow further in Britain and beyond in the years ahead.”

Commenting on the appointment, Chair of Bright Blue Matthew d’Ancona said:

“I am honoured to be Bright Blue’s new Chair and look forward immensely to working with Ryan and the board. This is an exciting and challenging time for anyone interested in political ideas and public policy – especially for those who believe in social pluralism, first-class public services and the politics of hope.”

Matthew writes political columns in The Sunday Telegraph, London Evening Standard and GQ. During his editorship, the Spectator achieved record circulation and he was honoured as BSME Editor of the Year (Current Affairs) in 2007. He also founded The Spectator’s renowned Coffee House blog. He was named Political Journalist of the Year at the British Press Awards in 2004 and by the Political Studies Association in 2006. Matthew has published three novels and was elected a Fellow of All Souls in 1989. He has recently published a book on the coalition. He has written for two Bright Blue publications.

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