December 29, 2017

The Independent: Conservative green policies are reaching out to young people – but it’s their stance on Brexit that really matters

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The scale of the Tories’ challenge was shown in YouGov polling last autumn for the liberal Conservative group Bright Blue. It found that even people who voted Tory in June…

December 26, 2017

Huffington Post: Voices From The Frontline Of Climate Change

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The scale of the Tories’ challenge was shown in YouGov polling last autumn for the liberal Conservative group Bright Blue. It found that even people who voted Tory in June…

December 20, 2017

Huffington Post: The Comeback Kid: How Michael Gove Is Saving The Tories

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Laura Round, from the liberal conservative think tank Bright Blue, explained: “One of the main reasons the Conservatives lost their parliamentary majority in 2017 was their failure to appeal to…

December 15, 2017

The Financial Times: Shadow pensions minister demands more regulation

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Mr Cunningham’s remarks are part of a report published today (15 December) by think tanks Fabian Society and Bright Blue, which are urging politicians to find a cross-party consensus for…

December 13, 2017

i News: Blue Planet and Brexit for animals: inside the Tory ‘green conservatism’ master plan

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To beat Labour at the next election, the Tories need to win these voters back. The dire situation the Tories found themselves in is highlighted by research by Bright Blue….

December 12, 2017

i News: Conservatives go green with pledges on animal welfare and the environment

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The change of direction on animal welfare was welcomed by Sam Hall, a senior research fellow at the liberal Conservative thinktank Bright Blue. “Michael Gove has brought a renewed energy…

December 12, 2017

The New Statesman: Theresa May says Britain leads on climate change, but Tory policy falls far too short

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May’s return to David Cameron’s hug-a-husky rhetoric is a wise move if the party hopes to win over the youth vote. Polling from Conservative think tank Bright Blue has shown…

December 12, 2017

Huffington Post: Tories less likely to experience discrimination than Labour voters, survey reveals

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The findings are part of a report from liberal conservative think-tank Bright Blue, which says the reasons behind the differences are “complex”, and not just caused by the “demographic composition”…

December 11, 2017

The Independent: Majority of Tory voters want UK to take leading role in promoting human rights, poll shows

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According to the survey by the think-tank Bright Blue, 66 per cent of Tory voters said they wanted a “significant” role for human rights in British foreign policy while just…

December 10, 2017

The Sunday Times: Civil partnerships to go straight

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Loughton, a former children’s minister, said he is “optimistic” of its success. Justine Greening, the education secretary, also signalled her support, telling a recent ­meeting of the Bright Blue think…

December 5, 2017

Huffington Post: 700,000 More Children And Pensioners Are Living In Poverty, Joseph Rowntree Foundation Reveals

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Ryan Shorthouse, director of liberal Conservative think tank Bright Blue, said the government was right to prioritise cutting the deficit, but that the axe had fallen “disproportionately and unnecessarily” on…

December 4, 2017

Huffington Post: The Waugh Zone

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Ryan Shorthouse, director of liberal Conservative think tank Bright Blue, says the axe has fallen “disproportionately and unnecessarily” on working-aged benefits since 2010.

December 1, 2017

Bloomberg: EU Migration to the U.K. Plummeted 43% One Year After Brexit Vote

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James Dobson, senior researcher at the liberal conservative think tank Bright Blue, called on the government to abandon its net migration target. “The net migration target has been missed in…

November 23, 2017

CityAM: Failure to act on green belt a “big disappointment”, say former minister Stephen Hammond and Tory think tank Bright Blue

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The “big disappointment” from yesterday’s Budget was a failure to shake up green belt restrictions, according to a former minister and a leading Conservative think tank.

November 23, 2017

ConservativeHome: Think-tanks react to the Budget

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Bright Blue – A missed opportunity to help the poorest in society “A single Budget, of course, cannot and should not seek to resolve all the challenges Britain faces and…

November 21, 2017

Lucky to survive his first budget, Hammond cannot botch his second

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Ryan Shorthouse, director of Bright Blue, the liberal Conservative thinktank, says: “Philip Hammond is a fiscal hawk. But even within the parameters of public spending, there could be big shifts,…

November 21, 2017

Brexit means we can END farce of wealthy farmers being given subsidies, MPs told

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The Conservative think tank Bright Blue said that the government should use Brexit as a way to “end the situation where public subsidies are paid to owners of large estates without any…

November 21, 2017

Stamp duty should be cut for downsizing OAPs to free up more homes for younger people, former No 10 policy chief says

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The supporters of the Tory modernising think tank Bright Blue said the sweeping change “would support young people who are struggling with saving significant amounts of upfront funding to purchase…

November 20, 2017

Ditch subsidies to rich farmers after Brexit, urges Bright Blue think tank

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Farmers should be means-tested after Brexit to end the payment of vast subsidies to wealthy landowners, according to a Conservative think tank.

November 3, 2017

Minister says onshore wind should be allowed to compete for subsidies

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Claire Perry’s comments about onshore wind at our green conservatism conference have been covered in Utility Week

October 27, 2017

Dieter Helm’s ‘least cost’ ideas for meeting the UK’s climate targets

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Sam Hall, senior research fellow at “liberal conservative” thinktank Bright Blue, argues an economy-wide carbon price is a volatile and uncertain price signal for investors, subject to short-term political and economic…

October 26, 2017

Cost of Energy: What might the Helm review mean for UK clean growth?

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Sam Hall, senior research fellow at Bright Blue, was quick to praise the myriad problems highlighted by the Review, however he was also critical of two proposals…  

October 12, 2017

Green Party well placed to capitalise on youth demand for climate policies

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Surprising polling by Bright Blue should be essential reading. Among 18-28 year olds the top issue they wanted to hear about more from politicians was climate change. When the age group…

October 6, 2017

This is how likely a Conservative leadership contest now is – and who the candidates would be

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“Theresa May’s rhetoric has not been matched by reality,” said Ryan Shorthouse, director of the Bright Blue liberal conservative think tank.

October 6, 2017

Britain is too selfish to care for its elderly, says minister

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At a fringe event on loneliness at this week’s Tory conference, organised by Age UK, Dr Lee said Western liberal society was to blame for the way the elderly were…

October 4, 2017

EU trade deal will be ‘suboptimal’ unless UK accepts ECJ controls, says leading economist

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Speaking to Express.co.uk at a Bright Blue event on the fringe of the Conservative party conference, Ms Pyrce said: “The deal we have now with Europe is one of the…

October 4, 2017

The Tories have just realised the party has an age problem

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It is no coincidence that, while headline speakers have addressed half-empty halls, a fringe event by the think tank Bright Blue entitled “How to attract younger voters” was standing room…

October 3, 2017

Inside the Tory effort to win back the young: ‘We’re not even allowed to use the word cool now’

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When Ms May finally decided to move on tuition fees she made the announcement on the pages of the Sunday Telegraph, not known as the choice for students. “It is obviously…

October 3, 2017

‘Fit young men’ make up most of town’s migrant worker population, says Anna Soubry

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Anna Soubry used the example from Boston in Lincolnshire to say it was “a myth” that immigration had put pressure on public services.

October 2, 2017

Tories urged to tackle reputation for ‘weakness’ on climate change

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Centre right think tank Bright Blue published the results of a major new survey of over 1,000 younger voters’ priorities, revealing climate change is the issue 18 to 28 year…

October 2, 2017

The Tories Are Really, Really Starting To Panic About Their Lack Of Young Supporters

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The Tories Are Really, Really Starting To Panic About Their Lack Of Young Supporters

October 1, 2017

Hammond ponders giveaways ahead of Conservative party conference

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Hammond ponders giveaways ahead of Conservative party conference

October 1, 2017

Union leader tells Tories to focus on struggling areas

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Union leader tells Tories to focus on struggling areas

October 1, 2017

Damian Green, May’s No 2, lays down ‘concrete proposals’

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Damian Green, May’s No 2, lays down ‘concrete proposals’

September 30, 2017

Theresa May must walk away from Brexit talks by Christmas if trade negotiations are still on hold, Tory MPs say

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Theresa May must walk away from Brexit talks by Christmas if trade negotiations are still on hold, Tory MPs say

September 30, 2017

‘Get Together And Throw Shapes’ How Young Tories Are Trying To Save The Party 

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‘Get Together And Throw Shapes’ How Young Tories Are Trying To Save The Party

September 25, 2017

Andy Burnham wants Greater Manchester to be first place in country to axe social care charges

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Speaking at a Bright Blue Labour fringe event, Rt Hon Andy Burnham tells audience he wants Greater Manchester to be first place in the country to axe social care charges

September 11, 2017

Lift the £21,000 threshold for paying back student loans, ministers urged

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Bright Blue Director Ryan Shorthouse is quoted in the Daily Mail on the government’s plans to cut student loan interest rates

September 10, 2017

Thinktank warns Tories not to cut interest rates on student loans

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Bright Blue Director Ryan Shorthouse is quoted in the Guardian on the government’s plan to cut interest rates on student loans

September 7, 2017

UNI FATCAT FINES: Uni bosses will be told to justify their salaries or face huge fines under new government ruling

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Bright Blue Director Ryan Shorthouse is quoted in the Sun on Vice-Chancellor pay

September 7, 2017

Minister’s threat of fines ‘not enough’ to curb university salaries

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Bright Blue Director Ryan Shorthouse is quoted in the Guardian on Vice-Chancellor pay

September 6, 2017

BBC Radio 4 Today Programme

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Bright Blue Director Ryan Shorthouse joins the Today Programme to discuss Vice-Chancellor pay

September 4, 2017

NO SKILLS, NO ENTRY: Leave voters want skilled EU workers to come into Britain after Brexit, survey reveals

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Bright Blue Director Ryan Shorthouse is quoted in the Sun calling for changes in Britain’s immigration policy

August 25, 2017

‘Toxic’ Immigration Debate Is Hindering Integration, Says Labour MP

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Bright Blue’s senior researcher James Dobson talks to the Huffington about integration.

August 25, 2017

Senior MPs have called for new immigrants to undergo compulsory English classes that are paid for by a student loan-style system.

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Bright Blue’s senior researcher James Dobson is quoted in the Sun.