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October 14, 2019

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

Commenting on the Queen’s Speech, Ryan Shorthouse, Director of Bright Blue, said: “Boris Johnson’s Government has extensive and some welcome plans for domestic reform, but the truth is there is…
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October 2, 2019

Bright Blue: London is divided between “the haves and have-nots, the socially liberal and free, and the socially downtrodden and trapped”, conservative candidate for Mayor of London says

Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, will at Conservative Party Conference 2019 publish the latest edition of its magazine Centre Write, entitled “On the home front”. The…
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September 23, 2019

Government adopts Bright Blue policy idea of increased funding for international biodiversity

The Government has announced a new 'International Biodiversity Fund' from UK Overseas Development Assistance (ODA), starting with an initial injection of funding of £220 million for endangered animals such as the black rhino,…
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September 4, 2019

Bright Blue’s response to the Spending Round 2019

Commenting on the Spending Round, Ryan Shorthouse, director of Bright Blue, said: “Over the past decade of fiscal retrenchment, some government departments and services have been disproportionately deprived of funding,…
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August 12, 2019

Bright Blue: Post-Brexit Britain needs ambitious limits and policies to be a global leader on clean air

Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism and home of conservative modernisers, has today published a new report, Emission impossible? Air pollution, national governance and the transport sector,…
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July 15, 2019

Bright Blue: A new measure and plan to strengthen social integration

Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, has today published a report, Distant neighbours? Understanding and measuring social integration in England, which proposes and studies a new measure…
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July 8, 2019

Bright Blue: Britain is divided, politicians are terrible, and we need more help with housing, young adults say

Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism and home of conservative modernisers, and Opinium have today published analysis of polling providing a snapshot of the attitudes of young…
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June 25, 2019

Government adopts Bright Blue call for improved accessibility of new homes for disabled people

Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, responds to the Government’s announcement today on higher accessibility standards for new housing. Commenting Ryan Shorthouse, Director of Bright Blue, said:…
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June 12, 2019

Bright Blue: Theresa May takes bold and correct decision on net-zero

Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, responds to the Government’s announcement today on legislating for a new net-zero greenhouse gas emissions target by 2050. Commenting Will Nicolle,…
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June 7, 2019

Bright Blue and the Fabian Society issue call for written evidence on the case for an independent pensions commission

Bright Blue and the Fabian Society are conducting a call for written evidence to examine the case for and nature of an independent pensions commission. The written evidence which Bright…
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May 30, 2019

Bright Blue: Augar Review is Theresa May’s final mistake

Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, responds to the publication of the Augar Review. Commenting Ryan Shorthouse, Director of Bright Blue, said: “The Augar Review is Theresa…
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May 23, 2019

Government adopts Bright Blue policy idea of a social mobility supplement to attract teachers to teach in the most deprived areas

The Government has announced that new mathematics and physics teachers working in the most deprived areas will be given a £2,000 retention payment in a bid to improve recruitment and retention. Ryan…
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May 8, 2019

Bright Blue submits evidence to the International Development Committee

Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, has submitted written evidence to the International Development Committee's inquiry on UK aid for combating climate change. The submission is available here.
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May 2, 2019

Bright Blue: Response to the CCC Net-Zero report

Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, welcomes the Net-Zero report by Committee on Climate Change (CCC), which recommends a new, net-zero emissions target for the UK. Commenting…
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April 24, 2019

Bright Blue submits evidence to the Work and Pensions Committee

Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, has submitted written evidence to the Work and Pensions Committee's inquiry on the Welfare safety net. The submission is available here.
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April 22, 2019

Bright Blue Scotland: UK should become a quasi-federal state after Brexit to stop separatism

Bright Blue Scotland, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, has today published new research, entitled Our still United Kingdom, proposing new constitutional arrangements for the UK after Brexit. The report,…
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March 13, 2019

Government adopts Bright Blue idea for decarbonising UK gas

Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, welcomes the announcement in the 2019 Spring Statement of the Bright Blue policy of requiring an increased proportion of green gas…
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March 11, 2019

Bright Blue: introduce an upfront ‘helping hand’ payment, and financial compensation for late payments, to improve Universal Credit

Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism and home of conservative modernisers, has today published a report, Helping hand? Improving Universal Credit, based on new and extensive analysis…
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February 25, 2019

Bright Blue: To support millennials, deficit reduction should still be an economic and moral priority

Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, has today published new research, entitled Tackling intergenerational inequity at its roots, calling on the Government to introduce reforms to mitigate…
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February 15, 2019

Bright Blue: new government incentives and investment needed to end UK’s dependency on natural gas

Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism and home of conservative modernisers, has today published a new report, Pressure in the pipeline: decarbonising the UK’s gas. The report…
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February 7, 2019

Bright Blue submits evidence to the Education Committee

Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, has submitted written evidence to the Education Committee's inquiry on Life chances for their report on 'Tackling disadvantage in the early…
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January 22, 2019

Government adopts Bright Blue policy of making the breach of a Domestic Abuse Protection Order (DAPO) a criminal offence

The Government has announced that the new Domestic Abuse Bill will make it a criminal offence to breach a Domestic Abuse Protection Order (DAPO), with a maximum penalty of five years' imprisonment,…
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January 14, 2019

Response to the Clean Air Strategy 2019

Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, responds to the Government’s new Clean Air Strategy 2019. Ryan Shorthouse, Director of Bright Blue, said: "The Government has introduced new…
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December 19, 2018

Bright Blue: Response to the Immigration White Paper

Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, responds to the Government’s new white paper The UK’s future skills-based immigration system. This white paper adopts two Bright Blue policy…
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December 18, 2018

Bright Blue: Difficult decisions ahead for meeting recycling targets

Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, has today responded to the Government’s new Resources and Waste Strategy for England. Commenting Wilf Lytton, Senior Researcher at Bright Blue,…
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December 17, 2018

Office for National Statistics adopts Bright Blue policy of asking voluntary question about gender identity in the Census from 2021

The Office for National Statistics has announced that everyone aged 16 and over will be asked in the 2021 Census if they wish to declare their gender identity. Bright Blue, the independent…
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December 17, 2018

Bright Blue responds to ONS announcement on accounting for student loans

The ONS has announced to treat the subsidy on student loans as contributing to the budget deficit today. Responding, Ryan Shorthouse, Director of Bright Blue, said: "It is entirely right to ensure…
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December 12, 2018

Bright Blue submits evidence to the Science and Technology Committee

Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, has submitted written evidence to the Science and Technology Committee's inquiry on Technologies for meeting Clean Growth emissions reduction targets. The…
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November 22, 2018

Bright Blue: World of work not gender-neutral just yet, says British public

Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, has today published analysis of polling by Opinium on public attitudes towards workplace opportunities, aspirations and equality. Bright Blue and Opinium’s…
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November 14, 2018

Bright Blue opens new call for written evidence for the ‘Conservative manifesto for conservation’

Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, is conducting a call for written evidence to inform the development of a manifesto for conservation, which will be the final…
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November 11, 2018

Investigate justifiability of tuition fees for sandwich years, says Bright Blue

Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, has today released new data showing the differing level of tuition fees charged by English universities for sandwich years and called…
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November 7, 2018

Bright Blue submits evidence to the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee

Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, has submitted written evidence to the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee's inquiry on Carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS). The…
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October 30, 2018

Bright Blue’s response to the Budget 2018

Commenting on the Budget, Ryan Shorthouse, director of Bright Blue, said: “This was an exhaustive Budget with some welcome policies, especially the significant restoration of the two work allowances in…
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October 27, 2018

Enable local governments to strive for ‘reasonable profits’ from Clean Air Zones, says Bright Blue

In advance of the Budget, Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, has today published a new report, Reducing air pollution in the West Midlands, which calls on…
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October 26, 2018

Introduce Clean Air Zone across the West Midlands, says Bright Blue

Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, has today published a new report, Clearing the air: Reducing air pollution in the West Midlands, which includes evidence suggesting higher…
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October 18, 2018

Bright Blue submits evidence to the Joint Committee on Human Rights

Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, has submitted written evidence to the Joint Committee on Human Rights' inquiry on 20 years of the Human Rights Act. The…
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October 11, 2018

‘Global Britain’ should lead on eradicating illegal wildlife trade, says Bright Blue

Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, is calling on the UK Government – in the week that the UK hosts the Illegal Wildlife Trade (IWT) Conference  -…
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October 3, 2018

The Church has played and should play a major role in shaping liberal society

Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, has today published the latest edition of its magazine Centre Write, entitled "Staying faithful?", with contributions from Sir Roger Scruton, Nicky Morgan MP, Lord…
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September 29, 2018

Introduce cradle to grave Lifetime ISA to support young people with savings

Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, has today published new research, entitled The Lifetime ISA: enhance and simplify, calling on the Conservative Government, on the eve of…
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September 18, 2018

Final report from the Migration Advisory Committee on EEA migration a “missed opportunity”

Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, responds to the final report from the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) on European Economic Area (EEA) migration. Bright Blue welcomes the…
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September 14, 2018

Bright Blue submits evidence to the Scottish Parliament Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee

Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, has submitted written evidence to the Scottish Parliament Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee's consultation on the Climate Change (Emissions…
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September 11, 2018

New Agriculture Bill a step in the right direction

Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, responds to the launch of the Government’s new Agriculture Bill. Eamonn Ives, Researcher at Bright Blue, said: "Last year, Bright Blue…
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September 3, 2018

Conservation should be a cross-departmental priority

Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, has today published a new essay collection entitled Conservation nation, which includes contributions from 21 leading and expert decision-makers and opinion…
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August 21, 2018

A renewed pensions consensus is within politicians’ grasp – joint think tank report

Fabian Society and Bright Blue paper finds convergence on the next steps for pensions reform between political left and right Bright Blue and the Fabian Society - two leading think…
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August 7, 2018

Care for – don’t just train – young minds, HE Minister tells universities

Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, has today published the latest edition of its magazine Centre Write, entitled “Matters of the mind”. The magazine explores the ubiquity…
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July 20, 2018

Government adopts Bright Blue policy of new major R&D funding for cleaner and greener aviation

The Government has this week announced a £343m government and industry-backed aviation research and development drive, including £58m for pioneering electric flight initiative. Bright Blue, the independent think tank for…
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July 17, 2018

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 into Global Britain. The submission is here.
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July 9, 2018

Prime Minister adopts Bright Blue policy of appointing a Special Envoy on Freedom of Religion or Belief

The Government has just appointed Lord Ahmed of Wimbledon, Minister of State in the Foreign Office, as the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy on Freedom of Religion or Belief, a policy…
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July 5, 2018

Voters want tougher action on air pollution from national Government, says Bright Blue

Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, has today published new polling revealing that over two thirds (69%) of all adults in the UK think the Government should…
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June 25, 2018

Under 1% of Syrian refugees admitted to the UK last year were Christians, reveals Bright Blue

Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, has revealed - using a Freedom of Information request to the Home Office - that only 0.23% of Syrian refugees admitted…
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June 19, 2018

Britain should establish a global nature conservation fund of £1bn per year, say Bright Blue and the Conservative Environment Network 

Bright Blue and the Conservative Environment Network have launched a new report Saving global nature: greening UK Official Development Assistance which calls on the Government to allocate £1bn per year for global…
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June 11, 2018

Introduce ‘Citizens of the world’ visas, urges Bright Blue

Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, is today urging the UK Government to significantly expand the number of countries, especially ones in the Commonwealth, that it has…
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May 25, 2018

UK should adopt new G7-leading legal net zero emissions target, says Bright Blue

Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, has today published a new report, Hotting up, which demonstrates that there is a strong scientific, technological, legal, and political case…
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April 16, 2018

Britain should lead the charge on climate change at CHOGM, urges Bright Blue

Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, is calling on the Government to commit to a ‘net zero greenhouse gas emissions target’ at the Commonwealth Heads of Government…
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April 15, 2018

Britain should make trade deals and human rights a priority for the Commonwealth, urges Bright Blue

Ahead of the Commonwealth Summit, Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, is urging the Government to put a stronger focus on the Commonwealth in Britain’s post-Brexit foreign…
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April 11, 2018

Britain should focus on leading the Commonwealth after Brexit, argues Bright Blue

Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, has today published the latest edition of its magazine Centre Write, entitled “Global giant?”. On the eve of the Commonwealth Summit,…
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March 27, 2018

Bright Blue submits evidence to the Migration Advisory Committee

Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, has submitted written evidence to the Migration Advisory Committee's inquiry into EEA workers in the UK labour market. The submission is here.
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March 6, 2018

Bright Blue responds to the Prime Minister’s housing speech

Bright Blue welcomes the Prime Minister's speech on housing, but calls for reform of the Green Belt. Sam Hall, Head of Research at the liberal conservative think tank Bright Blue,…
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January 21, 2018

Bright Blue submits evidence to the Work and Pensions Select Committee

Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, has submitted written evidence to the House of Commons Work and Pensions Select Committee's inquiry into Universal Credit rollout. The submission…
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January 10, 2018

Bright Blue submits evidence to the Women and Equalities Select Committee

Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, has submitted written evidence to the House of Commons Women and Equalities Affairs Select Committee's inquiry into the Race Disparity Audit.…
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January 10, 2018

Bright Blue submits evidence to the Economic Affairs Committee on Higher Education

Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, has submitted written evidence to the House of Lords Economic Affairs Select Committee's inquiry into the economics of higher, further and…
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December 15, 2017

Cross-party consensus needed for next stage of pensions reform, Fabian Society and Bright Blue urge

Cross-party consensus needed for next stage of pensions reform, Fabian Society and Bright Blue urge With the government due to report on its review of automatic enrolment this month, sparking…
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December 11, 2017

Bright Blue submits evidence to the Education Select Committee

Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, has submitted written evidence to the House of Commons Education Select Committee's inquiry into Value for money in higher education. The…
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November 30, 2017

Fair trial and fair treatment of individuals a public priority, Bright Blue polling reveals

Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism and conservative modernisers, has published a new polling report showing that Conservative voters believe in the importance of individuals having a…
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November 30, 2017

Bright Blue calls for new targets and debate on immigration

Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, calls on the Government to abandon the net migration target whilst controlling migration and to support communities that have suffered from…
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November 22, 2017

Bright Blue’s response to the Autumn Budget 2017

For further comment or to arrange an interview please get in touch with Laura Round: laura@brightblue.org.uk or 07543759844. Commenting on the Budget, Ryan Shorthouse, director of Bright Blue, said: “The…
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November 20, 2017

Use CAP to fund a green Brexit

For further comment or to arrange an interview please get in touch with Laura Round laura@brightblue.org.uk or 07543759844. A greener, more pleasant land, a new report from Bright Blue, sets out a…
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September 30, 2017

Tories must be greener to win younger voters, says Bright Blue

For further comment or to arrange an interview please get in touch with Laura Round laura@brightblue.org.uk or 07543759844. Bright Blue, the independent think tank and pressure group for liberal conservatism and conservative…
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August 30, 2017

Time for thoughtful Theresa, not tough Theresa, on immigration

Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, is calling for new data, targets and debate on immigration. Commenting on today’s ONS migration figures, director of Bright Blue Ryan…
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August 29, 2017

Defend and reform capitalism better, Bright Blue urges Tory Government

Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, has today published the latest edition of its magazine, Centre Write, ‘Capitalism in crisis?’, with contributions from The Rt Hon Lord…