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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…
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August 22, 2017

Conservatives should be loudest champions of Human Rights Act

Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, has published a report by former High Court judge and QC - Sir Michael Tugendhat - entitled "Fighting for freedom? The…
Press Releases
August 17, 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 Maude, Jesse…
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July 26, 2017

Bright Blue welcomes phase out of diesel and petrol vehicles by 2040

Bright Blue comments on the Government’s ambition to phase out petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2040.
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July 17, 2017

Make Britain the home of human rights, Bright Blue urges PM

Bright Blue has published the final report from its year-long inquiry into human rights and discrimination, including 70 policy recommendations
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May 18, 2017

Passionate and principled, but room for improvement, says Bright Blue

Bright Blue comments on the Conservative Party Manifesto for the 2017 General Election.
Press Releases
May 17, 2017

Lib Dem manifesto extensive but woolly

Commenting on the Liberal Democrat Manifesto, Ryan Shorthouse, director of the liberal conservative think tank Bright Blue, said: "The Liberal Democrats have produced an extensive and evidence-based manifesto with many…
Press Releases
May 16, 2017

Labour manifesto falls back on a tired ideology

Commenting on the Labour Manifesto, Ryan Shorthouse, director of the liberal conservative think tank Bright Blue, said: “The Labour Party’s manifesto contains some positive policies, but overall it equates to…
Press Releases
May 4, 2017

Theresa May should be bold on the environment, urges Bright Blue

Bright Blue has today 4th of May launched a manifesto for green conservatism. To win big, Theresa May must make a bold, positive offer to liberal Britain, including on the…
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May 2, 2017

The next stage of modernisation with Theresa May

Bright Blue has today published the latest edition of its magazine Centre Write, entitled ‘The robotic revolution’, which includes an interview with the Former Director of Strategy at Number 10…
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April 4, 2017

Conservative voters want a green Brexit, polling reveals

Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism and conservative modernisers, has today published a comprehensive new polling report showing that an overwhelming majority of Conservative voters support maintaining…
Press Releases
March 31, 2017

Bright Blue welcomes news of “clean air zones”

There have been reports that the Government is due to announce a network of "clean air zones" with councils mandated to impose bans or charges on polluting vehicles that enter them.…
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March 18, 2017

UK must remain a signatory of the European Convention on Human Rights after Brexit, Conservative MPs tell PM

Bright Blue is today launching a new policy campaign from its one-year inquiry into human rights, calling on the Prime Minister to confirm that any future Conservative Government will ensure…
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March 15, 2017

The Government is wrong to back down on raising Class 4 NICS for the self-employed

Bright Blue has criticised the Government's decision to reverse the rise in Class 4 NICS for the self-employed from 2018 Commenting, Ryan Shorthouse, Director of Bright Blue, said: "It was…
Press Releases
March 8, 2017

Bright Blue’s response to the 2017 Spring Budget

Commenting on the Budget, Ryan Shorthouse, Director of Bright Blue, said: “The Government should celebrate strong economic growth and record levels for employment, particularly for women and young people. But…
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February 24, 2017

Bright Blue welcomes two-year fast track degrees

Bright Blue welcomes the Government's plan to introduce two-year fast track degrees. Fast-track degrees with higher annual fees are to be introduced in universities under plans announced by the government.…
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February 23, 2017

Brexit is an opportunity to find better ways to control immigration

Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism and conservative modernisers, calls on the Government to abandon the net migration target, whilst controlling and reducing migration. Bright Blue welcomes…
Press Releases
February 7, 2017

Government must be bolder in tackling housing crisis for young people

Bright Blue calls for the Government to take bolder action to fix the housing crisis in Britain, which is hurting young people the most. Bright Blue is calling on the…
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February 6, 2017

Give the next generation better homes, Bright Blue urges

Bright Blue calls for the Government in its forthcoming housing white paper to focus on policies that will help young people acquire better and more affordable homes. Bright Blue is…
Press Releases
January 30, 2017

Mainstream conservatives in UK continue to tackle climate change

Today Myron Ebell, the Director of the Centre for Energy and Environment at the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), gave a press briefing on President Trump’s approach to environmental policy. Last…
Press Releases
January 24, 2017

Bright Blue welcomes the Government’s modern industrial strategy

Bright Blue welcomes the Government’s modern industrial strategy. Conservatives need not worry about a proactive role for the state in our economy and have a long history of a strong…
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January 13, 2017

Bright Blue responds to personal well-being figures

Commenting on the latest ONS figures on personal well-being, Ryan Shorthouse, director of Bright Blue said: "The UK's annual survey of personal well-being, rightly introduced by the Coalition Government, shows…
Press Releases
January 12, 2017

Bright Blue responds to HESA statistics

Commenting on the HESA statistical release, Bright Blue researcher James Dobson said: “The decline in enrolments from undergraduates outside the EU demonstrates the impact of including international students in the…
Press Releases
January 9, 2017

Bright Blue welcomes May’s vision of a “shared society”

Commenting on the Prime Minister’s vision for a “shared society”, director of the liberal conservative think tank and pressure group, Ryan Shorthouse said: "Conservatism is often wrongly associated with excessive…
Press Releases
December 29, 2016

May must uphold promise on ECHR

Commenting on The Telegraph’s story that Theresa May will put plans to pull out of the ECHR at the heart of her 2020 general election campaign. Ryan Shorthouse, Director of…
Press Releases
December 22, 2016

Time to stop scapegoating liberal values and institutions

Bright Blue has today published the latest edition of its magazine, Centre Write, on ‘The end of establishment?’, with contributions from The Rt Hon Nick Clegg MP, Chris Skidmore MP,…
Press Releases
December 14, 2016

Bright Blue responds to the UCAS End of Cycle Report 2016

New figures from UCAS show that more UK 18 year olds than ever before gained a place at universities and colleges in 2016. The figures also show that fewer mature…
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December 9, 2016

Foreign Office needs to be held to account on human rights

Bright Blue has launched a campaign calling for more scrutiny of FCO’s human rights record. It is important that Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson speaks out more on these issues, and…
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December 5, 2016

Learning English should be top priority for social integration

Bright Blue calls for the Government to launch a new national mission to ensure everyone can read, write and speak English. Government should make it a requirement for all immigrants…
Press Releases
December 1, 2016

The Government’s net migration target is a poor and failed policy

Bright Blue, calls on the Government to abandon the net migration target, whilst controlling and reducing migration. Commenting on today's ONS migration figures, Ryan Shorthouse, Director of Bright Blue, said: …
Press Releases
November 23, 2016

Bright Blue’s response to Autumn Statement

Commenting on the Autumn Statement, Ryan Shorthouse, Director of Bright Blue, said: “There were some welcome policies - banning estate agency fees on renters and raising the National Minimum Wage.…
Press Releases
November 9, 2016

Close coal early, argue Tory modernisers

Earlier today, Government has announced details of its coal phase-out policy. Bright Blue, argues that the government should phase coal out by 2023 - two years earlier than announced. This is backed…
Press Releases
November 8, 2016

Bright Blue comments on Trussell Trust’s foodbanks figures

New figures from the Trussell Trust show that half a million emergency food parcels were distributed by their foodbanks in six months. Bright Blue is calling on the government to…
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November 2, 2016

Bright Blue comments on Client Earth court case

The government's plan for tackling UK's air pollution has been judged illegal in high court today. Bright Blue, found that four in ten local authorities are in breach of legal…
Press Releases
October 22, 2016

40% of local authorities in breach of legal air quality limits

Government statistics show that as many as 40% of local authorities in the UK breached legal air quality limits last year. Figures obtained by Neil Parish MP in a Written…
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October 21, 2016

Bright Blue calls for international students to be taken out of net migration target

Bright Blue, believes the Government is wrong in refusing to take international students out of the net migration target. Bright Blue research shows that the overwhelming majority of the public, including…
Press Releases
October 19, 2016

Government wrong to u-turn on manifesto commitment on resits

Bright Blue, is critical of the Government's u-turn on resits. Education secretary Justine Greening announced today that she will abandon statutory resits in year 7 on arrival. Commenting, Ryan Shorthouse,…
Press Releases
October 19, 2016

Self-employed could find themselves worse off under Universal Credit

Commenting on the Department for Work and Pension's Universal Credit figures, Nigel Fletcher, Head of Research at Bright Blue, said: “The government’s stated aims for introducing Universal Credit are worthy…
Press Releases
October 14, 2016

Bright Blue supports Write to Remain campaign

A group of civil society organisations is calling for the UK government and other European nations to guarantee the rights of EU nationals in the UK and UK nationals in…
Press Releases
October 13, 2016

Bright Blue comments on latest GSCE results

Commenting on the DfE's statistics on the GCSE results in England, Nigel Fletcher, Head of Research at Bright Blue, said: "It’s encouraging to see Academies and Free Schools again outperforming…
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October 5, 2016

Bright Blue’s response to PM’s speech

Commenting on the Prime Minister's speech at Conservative Party Conference, Ryan Shorthouse, Director of Bright Blue, said: "The Prime Minister's speech showed that she is part of and will build…
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October 4, 2016

Bright Blue response to Education speech

Bright Blue responds to Justine Greening's speech at Conservative Party Conference. Commenting on the Education Secretary's speech, Ryan Shorthouse, Director of Bright Blue said: "Extra funding to improve educational attainment…
Press Releases
October 4, 2016

The Government is wrong to want to reduce number of international students

Commenting on Amber Rudd's speech at Conservative Party Conference, Ryan Shorthouse, Director of Bright Blue, said: "The Government is wrong to want to reduce the number of international students coming…
Press Releases
September 29, 2016

New primary test scores show “worrying” attainment gap for disadvantaged pupils

The Department for Education's latest figures on phonics test and key stage 1 assessments show that disadvantaged pupils are trailing behind other children by up to 18 points. The expansion…
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September 29, 2016

The British public want a controlled and contributory based immigration system

Commenting on Jeremy Corbyn's remarks on immigration at Labour Conference, Ryan Shorthouse, Director of Bright Blue, said: "It is right that the overwhelming majority of immigrants make a positive contribution…
Press Releases
September 15, 2016

Bright Blue welcomes HE participation rates but calls on Government to focus on part-time students

Bright Blue welcomes the DfE statistics for participation rates in higher education, which have increased despite the rise in tuition fees. However the participation rates for part-time students is still…
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September 9, 2016

Bright Blue’s response to Theresa May’s education speech

Bright Blue responds to three elements of Theresa May’s education speech: grammar schools, the role of universities and private schools. Commenting on Grammar schools, Director of Bright Blue, Ryan Shorthouse said:…
Press Releases
September 1, 2016

Bright Blue comments on the Environmental Audit Committee’s report on Sustainability in the Department for Transport

Commenting on the EAC report, Sam Hall, researcher at Bright Blue, said: "Today's report shows that the Government needs new policies to accelerate the UK towards a low-carbon transport system.…
Press Releases
August 31, 2016

Introduce new ‘Help to Improve’ loans and ISAs to incentivise home energy improvements

Bright Blue has today published a report urging the government to support a new home energy improvement scheme following the end of the unsuccessful Green Deal in 2015. The think tank…
Press Releases
August 30, 2016

The Tamworth Prize

2015 winner Oliver Shore whose essay featured in July 2015's Centre Write magazine The Tamworth Prize  The Tamworth Prize is our annual essay competition for young people run by Bright Blue. It…
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August 30, 2016

Entries are now open for this year’s Tamworth Prize

2015 winner Oliver Shore whose essay featured in July 2015's Centre Write magazine The Tamworth Prize 2016 The Tamworth Prize is our annual essay competition for young people run by Bright Blue.…
Press Releases
August 25, 2016

Bright Blue calls for Government to abandon net migration target

Bright Blue calls on the Government to abandon the net migration target, whilst controlling and reducing migration. Bright Blue proposes that migrants should pay a new class of National Insurance for…
Press Releases
July 29, 2016

The Government should abandon Hinkley C and find a ‘new plan A’

In light of the Government's decision to announce a further review of funding for the £18bn Hinkley Point nuclear power station, Ben Caldecott, Associate Fellow at Bright Blue, said: "The…
Press Releases
July 20, 2016

Government should abandon its net migration target

Bright Blue calls on the new Home Secretary to control migration in alternative ways to the net migration target. Ryan Shorthouse, Director of Bright Blue, said: "The Government should control…
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July 8, 2016

All English cities should have the power to introduce low emission zones

Bright Blue, has today launched a campaign calling for all city councils in England to have the power to establish low emission zones to reduce air pollution. London will soon…
Press Releases
June 29, 2016

Conservative leadership contenders should go green

Bright Blue reacts to today’s speech by the Secretary of State for Energy and the Environment and urges leadership contenders to prioritise protecting the environment.  Bright Blue will remain neutral…
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June 18, 2016

EU freedom of movement must be reviewed and revised, say Tory modernisers

Bright Blue has today published the latest edition of its magazine, Centre Write, on ‘The great migration’. Director of Bright Blue Ryan Shorthouse said: “My personal view is that we…
Press Releases
June 6, 2016

Keeping the lights on: Security of supply after coal

The Government has announced that it will phase out the use of coal in electricity generation by the mid-2020s, making the UK the first country to use coal for electricity…
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May 18, 2016

Response to the Queen’s Speech 2016

Ryan Shorthouse, Director of Bright Blue, said: "The Government is signalling that, after the EU referendum, its focus will be social reform - the Prime Minister's original and deepest passion.…
Press Releases
April 8, 2016

Bright Blue launches new “important and influential” Green conservatism project

Bright Blue is today launching its new Green conservatism project that includes a high-profile Advisory Board with leading politicians and opinion formers. The Advisory Board for Bright Blue’s Green conservatism project…
Press Releases
March 31, 2016

Politics from the Pub: Education Forum

Bright Blue held another lively Education Forum at the Old Starr Pub on Wednesday, with a policy discussion on apprenticeships and the Government’s white paper Educational Excellence Everywhere. Participants discussed…
Press Releases
March 22, 2016

The European Convention on Human Rights in “our national interest”, argue leading Conservatives

Bright Blue is today launching a new essay collection on Conservatism and human rights, with a keynote speech from the former Attorney General, the Rt Hon Dominic Grieve QC MP.…
Press Releases
March 16, 2016

Bright Blue’s response to the 2016 Budget

Savings The Government has announced the creation of a Lifetime ISA for adults under the age of 40. For every £4 saved in the account the Government will pay in…
Press Releases
March 4, 2016

Childcare could be affordable for all if government offers parents loans

Bright Blue has called for the Government to offer all parents income-contingent childcare loans. A new survey conducted by the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission has found that 6…
Press Releases
February 25, 2016

Government should face financial penalty for missing immigration target

Bright Blue, is calling for the Government to give more money to local areas to help them cope with higher numbers if the net migration target is not met. Bright…
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February 22, 2016

New welfare settlement needed for the self-employed

Bright Blue has today launched a new report calling for a new welfare settlement to support the growing proportion of the UK workforce that is self-employed. The report, entitled Standing…
Press Releases
February 22, 2016

Change unfair minimum income rule for family visas

Bright Blue is calling on the Government to revise the unfair minimum income rule for British citizens wanting to obtain a visa for their spouse, following today's appeal by families…
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February 5, 2016

Ryan Shorthouse: Making the case for School Choice

Bright Blue's Director Ryan Shorthouse recently spoke at the Centre for the Study of Market Reform of Education's School Choice Week conference in a debate, defending the motion "This house…
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February 4, 2016

More people applying to university is a good thing, but focus should now be on lifelong learning

Commenting on the UCAS January deadline statistical release, Bright Blue researcher James Dobson said: "Today’s UCAS statistics show that it is a myth that tuition fees deter young people with…