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Commenting on Amber Rudd's speech at Conservative Party Conference, Ryan Shorthouse, Director of the liberal conservative think tank Bright Blue, said: "The Government is wrong to want to reduce the number of international students coming to the UK. The public do not want to see fewer foreign students studying at our Higher Education institutions. The Government should remove students from…
Wednesday, 05 October 2016 01:00

Bright Blue's response to PM's speech

Commenting on the Prime Minister's speech at Conservative Party Conference, Ryan Shorthouse, Director of Bright Blue, said: "The Prime Minister's speech showed that she is part of and will build upon the Tory modernising tradition. Modernisation is not a PR exercise. It is about ensuring the public understand that conservatism is more than just individualism, leaving markets and people alone,…
The Department for Education's latest figures on phonics test and key stage 1 assessments show that disadvantaged pupils are trailing behind other children by up to 18 points. The expansion of grammar schools would only entrench that divide. Commenting on the figures, Nigel Fletcher, Bright Blue's Head of Research, said: "It’s encouraging that overall attainment in the phonics tests has…
Commenting on Jeremy Corbyn's remarks on immigration at Labour Conference, Ryan Shorthouse, Director of Bright Blue, said: "It is right that the overwhelming majority of immigrants make a positive contribution to the UK, but Corbyn is wrong to say we should not control the numbers coming into the UK. "In some parts of the UK, immigration leads to excessive demand…
Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism and conservative modernisers, welcomes the DfE statistics for participation rates in higher education, which have increased despite the rise in tuition fees. However the participation rates for part-time students is still very low. The Government needs to tackle this because part-time study is crucial for people who want to retrain or…
Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism and conservative modernisers, responds to three elements of Theresa May’s education speech: grammar schools, the role of universities and private schools. Commenting on Grammar schools, Director of Bright Blue, Ryan Shorthouse said: The Government is wasting precious political capital on re-introducing grammar schools. The evidence shows that the best way to…
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