Bright Blue is an independent think tank and pressure group for liberal conservatism. We defend and champion liberal, open, democratic and meritocratic values, institutions and policies. It was first formed in 2010 by Ryan Shorthouse and a group of policymakers and campaigners who were passionate about applying liberal conservative ideas and insights to tackle the major economic and social problems of the modern day.

Today, we are a respected and leading think tank – as well as a membership organisation – which delivers an extensive programme of research, publications and events. Our thinking and ideas have had significant influence on public debate and government policy.

For us, liberal conservatism translates into ten key principles:

Optimism about human potential.

All individuals, no matter their background or identity, can flourish in life with the right support.

Evidence not ideology.

We should be open-minded to new thinking, applying solutions to public policy problems on the basis of good ideas rather than tired ideology.

Pro-market not free-market.

Markets are the best way of allocating resources, but they can be inefficient and inequitable, so government and social institutions can help correct market problems.

Social Justice.

Politicians and policymakers should focus attention and resources on supporting and empowering the most vulnerable, here and abroad.

Rewarding contribution.

Supporting the vulnerable should always be the priority, but hard work and both economic and social contribution should be praised and rewarded.

Individual success and communal responsibility.

Free and flourishing individuals and businesses also need to be environmentally, socially and economically responsible.

Open and integrated societies.

People should be free to be themselves and pursue their dreams, but we also need to build a society where there are opportunities to relate to and support others.

The importance of institutions.

Individuals learn from and are supported and protected by enduring democratic and social institutions, which need defending and modernising.

Positive about politics.

Democratic politics and government has been and is fundamental for reducing conflict and injustice.

Powerful citizens.

We need to create and revive routes for citizens to take greater control of the politics that affects their lives, locally and nationally.