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March 22, 2021

Bright Blue: More than 4 in 10 households in some London boroughs now claiming housing support thanks to Covid-19

Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, has today published new analysis, entitled Shaky foundations, showing that the economic fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic is exacerbating the housing…
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March 8, 2021

Sarah Sands appointed as Chair of the G7 Gender Equality Advisory Council

Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, is thrilled to announce that the Chair of Bright Blue, Sarah Sands, has been appointed as the Chair of the G7…
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March 3, 2021

Bright Blue responds to the Budget 2021

For further comment or to arrange an interview please get in touch with Joseph Silke: joseph@brightblue.org.uk or 07948 420 584.  Commenting on the Budget, Ryan Shorthouse, CEO of Bright Blue,…
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February 26, 2021

Bright Blue: Turn away from Thatcherism and look to East Asia on economic policy, Tory policy chief Neil O’Brien MP urges

Speaking to Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, Chair of the Conservative Policy Board, Neil O’Brien OBE MP, has urged the Conservative Government to move away from…
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February 9, 2021

Bright Blue: UK exporting firms overwhelming back more climate action from UKEF

Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, has today published a new report entitled Toward Green Export Finance? Investigating the views of UK exporting firms towards UKEF. The…
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February 4, 2021

Nikita Malik appointed as the new Deputy Director of Bright Blue

Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, is delighted to announce that Nikita Malik has been appointed as its new Deputy Director. Commenting on her appointment, Nikita Malik…
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February 4, 2021

Bright Blue: More radical policies needed to boost uptake of both new and used EVs

Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, has today published a new report, entitled Driving uptake: maturing the market for battery electric vehicles, which proposes a mixture of…
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February 2, 2021

Government adopts Bright Blue policy on banning bottom trawling in marine protected areas

Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, responds to the Government's new proposals to prohibit the use of bottom trawling fishing in four of England's key marine protected…
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January 17, 2021

Bright Blue: London and left-behind areas experience biggest rise in UC claimants

Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, has today published new analysis, entitled Widening chasms, showing that the Covid-19 pandemic is exacerbating geographical inequality in England, with London…
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December 12, 2020

Government adopts Bright Blue policy on ending support for fossil fuel sector overseas

Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, responds to the Prime Minister's announcement that the UK will end taxpayer support for fossil fuel projects overseas. Responding, Andrew Leming,…
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December 10, 2020

Bright Blue evidence on welfare policy is published by the Scottish Affairs Committee

Evidence from Separate Support? Attitudes to Social Security in Scotland submitted by Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, has been published by the Scottish Affairs Committee as…
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December 10, 2020

Bright Blue: Securing a trade deal with EU currently top priority for UK exporters

Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, finds that UK exporters are most likely to say securing a trade deal with the EU is the most important thing…
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December 2, 2020

Bright Blue launches new Tax Commission to advise on tax reform

Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, has launched a high-profile cross-party and cross-sector commission to advise on reforms to the tax system in the years ahead to…
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November 25, 2020

Bright Blue: Huge spending is right and unavoidable but smaller cuts are odd

Commenting on the Spending Review, Ryan Shorthouse, Chief Executive of Bright Blue, said:  “The eye-watering COVID-releated expenditure to support the economy and public services is necessary. There is no alternative.…
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November 18, 2020

Bright Blue: Laudable and welcome new Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution must be met with credible detail

Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, responds to the Prime Minister’s new Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution.  Phase out of petrol and diesel vehicles…
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November 12, 2020

Bright Blue: Fast track free UK citizenship for COVID key workers

Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, has today released a new report entitled A better reward? Public attitudes to citizenship, calling for reform of the UK’s citizenship…
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October 22, 2020

Bright Blue: The Chancellor’s measures are insufficient for the self-employed

Commenting on the Chancellor’s new measures to support businesses and workers, Sam Robinson, researcher at Bright Blue, said: “Today’s adjustments to the Jobs Support Scheme (JSS) and Self Employed Income…
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October 19, 2020

Bright Blue evidence on Universal Credit is published by the Work and Pensions Committee

Evidence regarding the wait for a Universal Credit first payment submitted by Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, has been published by the Work and Pensions Committee…
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October 2, 2020

Bright Blue: UK public sceptical net zero will be achieved by 2050

Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, has today published unique and comprehensive analysis of UK public attitudes to the target of net zero carbon emissions by 2050,…
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September 29, 2020

Government adopts Bright Blue policy on flexible lifelong loan entitlement

Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, responds to the Prime Minister's latest speech on skills, announcing a new flexible lifelong loan entitlement to four years of post-18…
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September 24, 2020

Bright Blue: The Chancellor’s Winter Economy Plan is generous but poorly targeted

Commenting on the Chancellor’s Winter Economy Plan, Ryan Shorthouse, Director of Bright Blue, said: “The Chancellor has, in effect, extended and evolved current government support for job retention, now expecting…
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September 19, 2020

Sarah Sands appointed as the new Chair of Bright Blue

Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, is thrilled to announce that Sarah Sands, the former editor of BBC Radio 4's Today and The Evening Standard, has been…
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August 17, 2020

Government adopts Bright Blue policy of lifting the temporary cap on university places

Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, responds to the Government's announcement that it is withdrawing the cap introduced for university admissions.  Commenting, Ryan Shorthouse, Director of Bright…
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July 8, 2020

Bright Blue’s response to the 2020 Summer Statement

Commenting on the Statement, Ryan Shorthouse, director of Bright Blue, said: “The generous and significant new spending and tax cuts announced today could stimulate substantial economic activity in struggling sectors.…
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July 6, 2020

Bright Blue: 44% of businesses expect to cut at least some staff when the furlough scheme closes

Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, and Opinium, the strategic insight agency, have today published analysis of polling providing a snapshot of the experiences and expectations of…
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July 3, 2020

Bright Blue opens new call for written evidence on maturing the market for ultra low emission vehicles

Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, is conducting a call for written evidence to inform the development of a report exploring new ideas to mature the market…
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May 15, 2020

Bright Blue and WSP: Net zero more urgent than ever for government and business

Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, and WSP, the leading engineering professional services firm, have today published a major essay collection, Delivering Net Zero, which outlines radical…
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April 13, 2020

Bright Blue Scotland: Scots support more generous and devolved social security system, but support for alternative policies high

Bright Blue Scotland, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, has today published a major new report, Separate support?, which reveals the pre-COVID 19 attitudes of the Scottish public on…
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March 26, 2020

Bright Blue: Chancellor’s package hugely impressive and welcome, but will require looking again at tax contributions

Commenting on the Chancellor's initial measures in response to COVID-19, Ryan Shorthouse, Director of Bright Blue, said: “The Government has made a hugely impressive and welcome intervention to support individuals…
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March 25, 2020

Bright Blue submits evidence to the Economic Affairs Committee

Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, has submitted written evidence to the Economic Affairs Committee's inquiry on the economics of Universal Credit. The submission is available here.
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March 11, 2020

Bright Blue’s response to the Budget 2020

Commenting on the Budget, Ryan Shorthouse, director of Bright Blue, said: “This Budget confirmed that the Conservative Government’s fiscal approach this decade will be dramatically different to the one pursued…
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March 9, 2020

Bright Blue: London now neglected by national politicians, Rory Stewart says

Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, has today published the latest edition of its magazine Centre Write, entitled “Digital disruption?”. This magazine explores the positive and negative…
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February 27, 2020

Bright Blue: Post-Brexit Britain should become the global green giant

Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, has today published a major new report, Global green giant? A policy story, which proposes original policies to ensure the UK…
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February 21, 2020

Bright Blue: 70,000 English homes in areas prone to flooding at risk of having no insurance

Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, has today published new analysis, entitled High and dry: Preventing tomorrow’s ‘flood ghettos’, identifying the number and location of residential properties…
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February 19, 2020

Bright Blue’s response to the Government’s immigration policy statement

Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, responds to the Government's policy statement on the UK's new points-based immigration system. Commenting, Ryan Shorthouse, Director of Bright Blue, said:…
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February 7, 2020

Entries are now open for the Tamworth Prize 2020

The essay of 2019 winner Anya Nash featured in Summer 2019's Centre Write magazine. The Tamworth Prize 2020 The Tamworth Prize for 2020 is open now! The question for this year’s…
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February 5, 2020

Bright Blue’s response to bringing forward the phase-out of coal

Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, responds to the Government's announcement that it is bringing forward the deadline for the phase-out of coal by a year to…
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January 17, 2020

Bright Blue and the Fabian Society: Cross-party call for new pensions commission

The Fabian Society and Bright Blue, a centre-left and centre-right think tank, join together to call for a new pensions commission. New research from the think tanks reveals strong cross-party…
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January 8, 2020

Bright Blue: Public still sceptical that Conservative Government will deliver for those on modest incomes

Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, and Opinium have today published analysis of polling providing a snapshot of the immediate public expectations of, priorities for, and perceptions…
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December 19, 2019

Bright Blue’s response to the second Queen’s Speech of 2019

  Commenting on the December 2019 Queen’s Speech, Ryan Shorthouse, Director of Bright Blue, said: “The Conservatives won record levels of support from people on modest incomes in the latest…
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December 10, 2019

Bright Blue’s response to the new Conservative Party election immigration policies

Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, responds to the Conservative Party's newly announced election immigration policies, which propose setting limits on particular categories of migrants and giving this power…
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November 24, 2019

Bright Blue: A down-to-earth manifesto from the Conservatives

Commenting on the Conservative 2019 general election manifesto, Ryan Shorthouse, director of the liberal conservative think tank Bright Blue, said: “The Conservative Party is playing it safe, delivering a straightforward…
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November 21, 2019

Bright Blue: Labour promise unnecessary and unprecedented expansion of the state

Commenting on the Labour 2019 general election manifesto, Ryan Shorthouse, director of the liberal conservative think tank Bright Blue, said: “The Labour Party’s manifesto contains some positive policies, but overall…
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November 20, 2019

Bright Blue: Liberal Democrat manifesto exhaustive, but not economically liberal

Commenting on the Liberal Democrat 2019 general election manifesto, Ryan Shorthouse, director of the liberal conservative think tank Bright Blue, said: “The Liberal Democrats have produced an exhaustive manifesto with…
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November 5, 2019

Bright Blue submits evidence to the Foreign Affairs Committee

Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, has submitted written evidence to the Foreign Affairs Committee's inquiry on Human rights: Freedom of religion and belief, and human rights…