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Tuesday, 01 September 2015 20:27

Building on progress: New priorities for London

Zac Goldsmith is MP for Richmond Park and is campaigning to be the Conservative candidate for Mayor of London In just a few days, the Conservative Party will choose who will be its candidate to succeed Boris Johnson as Mayor of London. Anyone in London can vote in that selection provided they have registered first here. It is critical you do. Under Boris, London has become the world’s best city to work in, invest in and do business. He has…
Sunday, 16 August 2015 09:25

Building beautiful new homes

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. However, when it comes to the aesthetic appreciation of home, it appears that many of us share the same vision. Two polls released this summer have demonstrated the value placed on traditional architecture and accessible green space. Ipsos Mori have found that building new homes in traditional styles tripled approval ratings and in a separate poll, discovered that over 60% of those polled, including city-dwellers, strongly supported the retention of the Green…
Wednesday, 12 August 2015 13:29

Conservatives must be ambitious for London

Syed Kamall is an MEP for London and is campaigning to be the Conservative candidate for Mayor of London. Over the last few months more and more London Conservatives – and some from further afield – have asked me to run for Mayor of London. Why? Because I can win, because I break the mould, and because I reach out beyond the party's traditional base. Labour’s tired old mantra about class, wealth and privilege just doesn’t work against Syed Kamall.…
As the tragic, complicated and seemingly intractable European migrant crisis manifested both in the Mediterranean and at Calais drags on, competing explanations fill the airwaves. One is particularly arresting – bringing a diverse range of commentators, from Nigel Farage to Frankie Boyle, into agreement – namely that British participation in western military interventions has destabilised developing countries and driven migrants into southern Europe and up through to Britain. To quote Mr Boyle “We invade their countries and justify it by…
Despite school being out for summer, the classroom was at the forefront of Bright Blue discussion last week – with our first Education Forum being held at the Two Chairmen pub, Westminster. Chaired by Conservative Councillor and social entrepreneur Chris Hayes the Forum saw teachers, parents and those with a general interest in education policy come together to chat about learning, teaching and everything in between. Topics covered included that familiar friend– the debate over grammar vs comprehensive education –…
Bright Blue has today launched a new report entitled Green and responsible conservatism, recommending new policies to revitalise green conservatism and promote long-termism across the economy. Bright Blue’s new report suggests that the Conservative Party must use the opportunity of a majority government to push through reforms that can simultaneously deal with the UK’s productivity crisis and support a cleaner and more sustainable society. Bright Blue’s new report suggests that the Conservative Party can broaden its electoral appeal by using…
Unfortunately, in recent times, those on the right have been associated with inaction on environmental issues. I can see how this view might properly be directed at the section of the right that advocates entirely free markets and as little government regulation as possible, hence the Conservative Party’s association with big business, polluters, and oil companies. However, this should not be the case for a conservative. A conservative should be concerned with environmental issues and finding solutions to problems as…
Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism and home of Conservative modernisers, urges the Government to supplement but not abandon the current relative poverty measure. David Kirkby, Senior Research Fellow at Bright Blue, said: “The Government is right to broaden the definition and measures of poverty. The causes of poverty are multiple. In fact, there are more than the ones this Government have identified: it can also stem from poor education, low pay and loneliness. But money matters.…
Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism and home of conservative modernisers, today criticises the Government’s announcement of its intention to privatise the UK Green Investment Bank (GIB). Ben Caldecott, an Associate Fellow of Bright Blue and a former advisor to the UK Green Investment Bank Commission, said: "I admire the UK Green Investment Bank and what it has achieved so far, but the last thing we need is a publicly supported, but privately owned, asset manager using…
Sonya Sceats is Director of Policy and Advocacy at Freedom from Torture and tweets from @SonyaSceats The Prime Minister's announcement that he will boost refugee resettlement was a victory for Freedom from Torture and others calling for such a pledge as part of the UK's response to treacherous trips across the Mediterranean Sea by torture survivors and other desperate people. Now that we have won the argument in principle that Britain can do more to help, we need to get…

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