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Bright Blue held its second Education Forum on Thursday, revisiting the the Two Chairmen in Westminster to chat through education policy over beer and peanuts. It was a timely meeting, with the third reading of the Education and Adoption Bill being approved by the House of Commons the day before. The Bill will make it easier for failing and coasting schools to convert into academies and, unsurprisingly, the academy programme was first on the list for discussion. There was a…
The statements from the leaders of the three main parties at the last General Election that they would stay the course on climate change was good news for climate policy, but bad news for those hoping for a detailed policy discussion about the energy choices the UK faces in the coming years. The period of 2015-20 will likely witness events in the global energy market which will require the UK government to work harder to secure energy imports. As the…
It will come as little surprise that raising a child is expensive, and that in London it has the potential to be more expensive than other parts of the country. However, new research from Child Poverty Action Group on the extra costs of children in the capital has brought up some intriguing findings that are relevant for the whole country. The first point of interest is how the minimum standard in London differed from the rest of the country. The…
Thursday, 03 September 2015 22:02

Matt Browne: The Corbyn Challenge

Labour’s hard-left, as observed by a legion of journalists grateful for some summer copy, is resurgent. Swelled by new recruits from the Greens and the fragmentary socialist movement, emboldened by the defeat of the perceived compromise leftism of Miliband, the left-wing voice is louder than it has been for many years. It now looks likely that it will carry Jeremy Corbyn to victory in the Labour leadership race. In analysing what this all means for David Cameron’s Conservative Party, a…
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…

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