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April 26, 2022

Bright Blue: The UK needs a more ambitious tax reforming agenda

Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, has today published A vision for tax reform in the 2020s, setting out bold principles and policy ideas for an ambitious…
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April 11, 2022

Government adopts Bright Blue policy to remove the ability of local authorities to charge for the disposal of DIY waste from households at waste disposal sites

Bright Blue responds to the UK Government’s decision to remove the ability of local authorities to charge households for the disposal of DIY waste at waste disposal sites. Commenting, Rebecca Foster, Energy…
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April 8, 2022

Bright Blue: Public backs benefits to tackle the cost of living crisis

Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, has today published new polling analysis, entitled Stepping up: public attitudes to addressing the cost of living crisis, which reveals what…
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April 1, 2022

Bright Blue: Stop UK taxpayer support for natural gas projects overseas

Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, has today published a new report entitled Greening UK Export Finance, which sets out how the UK’s export credit agency (ECA),…
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March 30, 2022

Government adopts Bright Blue policy of maintaining the telemedicine abortion service

Bright Blue responds to the Parliament’s decision to maintain the telemedicine abortion service Commenting, Phoebe Arslanagic-Wakefield, Senior Researcher at Bright Blue, said: "Today’s result is a key victory in securing this…
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March 23, 2022

Bright Blue’s response to the Spring Statement 2022: This is the confused Chancellor

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 Spring Statement, Ryan Shorthouse, Chief Executive of…
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March 23, 2022

Bright Blue: Make ‘full expensing’ of capital investment permanent when the Corporation Tax ‘super-deduction’ expires  

Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, has today published a new report commissioned by its high-profile cross-party, cross-sector Tax Commission, entitled Energising enterprise: reforming business taxes. As…
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March 18, 2022

Bright Blue evidence on the benefits system in Wales is published by the Welsh Affairs Committee

Evidence given by Bright Blue's Senior Researcher, Anvar Sarygulov, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, has been published by the Welsh Affairs Committee as part of their investigation into the…
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February 25, 2022

Bright Blue: Response to Government’s new reforms to higher education

Responding to today’s publication of the Government’s response to the Augar Review and new reforms to higher education, Ryan Shorthouse, Chief Executive at Bright Blue, commented: "The Government is right to…
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February 24, 2022

Government adopts Bright Blue policy of extending student loan repayment period to 40 years

Bright Blue responds to the Government’s official response to the Augar Review and its new reforms to the student finance system Commenting, Ryan Shorthouse, Director of Bright Blue, said: "The…
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February 24, 2022

Bright Blue: The UK and EU must work together on shared climate threat

Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, and Konrad Adenauer Foundation, the German centre-right think tank, have today published a new essay collection entitled Fast track? European climate…
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February 9, 2022

Bright Blue: Benefit claimants had poorer financial, mental, and social wellbeing in pandemic 

Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, has today published new analysis, entitled Sustained pressure? The analysis reveals the extent to which benefit claimants, both those on Universal…
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February 3, 2022

Bright Blue: The Government’s response to spiralling energy prices need to be better targeted

Responding to today's publication of the Government’s plan to combat rising energy prices, Patrick Hall, Senior Research Fellow at Bright Blue, commented: "The Chancellor had little choice but to intervene…
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January 30, 2022

Bright Blue: Reduce the rate of National Insurance on employers

Bright Blue: Reduce the rate of National Insurance on employers  Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, has today published a major new report commissioned by its high-profile…
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January 28, 2022

Grant Shapps MP: Going green isn’t to blame for rising prices

Speaking to Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, the Secretary of State for Transport, Grant Shapps MP, has challenged those who blame the rise in energy prices…
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January 27, 2022

Bright Blue evidence flooding and nature-based solutions is published by the House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee

Evidence from In deep water? Mapping the impacts of flooding in the UK since 2007, submitted by Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, has been published by…
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January 19, 2022

Bright Blue: Government failing to impress public and its 2019 voters

Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, has today published analysis of new polling conducted by Techne UK revealing how the UK general public assesses the performance of…
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January 5, 2022

Bright Blue: Enable Sunday trading laws to be suspended during major flooding events

Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, has today released new research, entitled In deep water? Mapping the impacts of flooding in the UK since 2007, revealing the…
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December 23, 2021

Bright Blue: Legally oblige landlords to provide tenants with a decent internet connection

Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, has today released a major new report, entitled No place like home? The benefits and challenges of home working, revealing the…
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December 8, 2021

Bright Blue: Introduce the right to ten days of domestic abuse leave annually

Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, has today called for the UK Government to introduce a new automatic right for employees to ten days of domestic abuse…
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December 1, 2021

Bright Blue: Ban the sale of all non-flushable wet wipes which contain plastic

Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, has today launched a major new petition, supported by a range of charities and water companies, urging governments across the UK…
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November 10, 2021

COP26

Bright Blue is delighted to announce our fringe event programme at the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26). You do not need a pass to attend any of our…
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October 27, 2021

Bright Blue: A Budget of Brexit Blairism

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 and Spending Review, Ryan Shorthouse, Chief…
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October 19, 2021

Bright Blue: Questions remain on how net zero will be delivered by 2050

Responding to today's publication of the Government’s new Net Zero Strategy, Patrick Hall, Senior Research Fellow at Bright Blue, commented: "The Government ought to be applauded for delivering one of…
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October 19, 2021

Bright Blue: The Government’s Heat and Building Strategy doesn’t meet the scale of the challenge

Responding to today's publication of the Government’s new Heat and Building Strategy, Patrick Hall, Senior Research Fellow at Bright Blue, commented: "The Government appears to have learned some of the…
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October 3, 2021

Party Conferences 2021

Bright Blue is delighted to announce our fringe event programme at the 2021 Conservative Party Conference. We are running 27 events with over 100 speakers. You can join us in…
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October 3, 2021

Bright Blue: Over 1 million UC claimants have received financial support from family and/or friends during the pandemic

Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, has today published new analysis, entitled Beyond the safety net? It reveals the extent to which Universal Credit claimants have received…
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September 23, 2021

Government adopts Bright Blue’s policy of making the right to request flexible working a right from day one

Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, responds to the Government announcement on making flexible working the default, which adopts Bright Blue's policy of ensuring workers can request…
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September 9, 2021

Bright Blue evidence on the benefits system in Wales is published by the Welsh Affairs Committee

Evidence from Helping hand? Improving Universal Credit, submitted by Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, has been published by the Welsh Affairs Committee as part of their…
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September 7, 2021

Bright Blue: More taxation of assets rather than work would make social care funding fairer

Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, responds to the Government's new Plan for Health and Social Care announced today. Ryan Shorthouse, Chief Executive of Bright Blue, commented: “With…
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September 6, 2021

Sir Alan Duncan: ‘Global Britain’ is an “utterly meaningless” and “vacuous” slogan, not a proper foreign policy

Speaking to Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, the former deputy to Boris Johnson at the Foreign Office, Sir Alan Duncan, has slated the Government’s foreign policy…
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August 16, 2021

Bright Blue: Increase littering fines to protect nature and the taxpayer

Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, has today launched a major new petition, in partnership with the Daily Express, urging governments across the United Kingdom to increase…
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August 3, 2021

Bright Blue: Almost 1 in 5 benefit claimants have experienced or fear they will experience domestic abuse

Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, has today published new analysis, entitled Under stress? The experiences of benefit claimants during the pandemic. The analysis reveals the distinct…
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July 28, 2021

Bright Blue: New carbon taxation and dividend needed to reach net zero by 2050

Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, has today published a major new report commissioned by its high-profile cross-party, cross-sector Tax Commission, entitled Green money: a plan to…
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July 19, 2021

Bright Blue: UK public wants nature at the heart of policymaking

Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, has today published a unique and comprehensive analysis, entitled Nature positive?, of UK public attitudes towards the value of the natural…
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July 14, 2021

Government adopts Bright Blue policy of ensuring the central government vehicle fleet will be zero emission as soon as possible

Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, responds to the announcement of the Government's Transport Decarbonisation Plan, which adopts Bright Blue's policy of ensuring all 40,000 vehicles in central…
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July 13, 2021

Government adopts Bright Blue policy of discretionary suspensions of the Minimum Income Floor for Universal Credit claimants

Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, responds to the Government's legislative plans enabling work coaches to allow discretionary suspensions of the Minimum Income Floor for self-employed Universal…
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June 30, 2021

Government adopts Bright Blue policy of accelerating 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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June 14, 2021

Government adopts Bright Blue policy of ensuring all new UK bilateral aid is spent in a way that does no harm to nature

Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, welcomes the Government's commitment in its response to the Dasgupta Review that it is taking steps to ensure all new UK…
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June 14, 2021

Bright Blue: Almost half of long-term Universal Credit claimants had fallen behind on household bills during the Covid-19 pandemic

Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, has today published new analysis, entitled Benefit to all? Financial experience of Universal Credit claimants during the pandemic. It reveals the…
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May 20, 2021

Bright Blue: Annual Proportional Property Tax the best system for levelling up the country

Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, has today published a major new report commissioned by its high-profile cross-party, cross-sector Tax Commission, entitled Home truths: options for reforming…
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May 11, 2021

Bright Blue responds to the 2021 Queen’s Speech

Commenting on the 2021 Queen’s Speech, Ryan Shorthouse, Chief Executive of Bright Blue, said:   “Blown off course and utterly consumed by Covid-19, the Government now – with the UK vaccination…
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May 5, 2021

Bright Blue opens new call for written evidence on the social security system after COVID-19

Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, is conducting a call for written evidence to inform the development of a project exploring the future of social security system…
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May 4, 2021

Government adopts Bright Blue policy of extending the Youth Mobility Visa scheme to India

Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, responds to the Government's announcement of a new migration partnership between the UK and India. Responding, Joseph Silke, Communications Officer at…
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May 3, 2021

Bright Blue: Almost 1 in 5 young adults have experienced or fear they will experience domestic abuse

Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, has today published new analysis, entitled Increasingly precarious? Young adults during the pandemic. The analysis reveals the distinct financial, psychological and…