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 30, 2017

Fair trial and fair treatment of individuals a public priority, Bright Blue polling reveals

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Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism and conservative modernisers, has published a new polling report showing that Conservative voters believe in the importance of individuals having a…

November 30, 2017

Bright Blue calls for new targets and debate on immigration

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Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, calls on the Government to abandon the net migration target whilst controlling migration and to support communities that have suffered from…

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 22, 2017

Bright Blue’s response to the Autumn Budget 2017

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For further comment or to arrange an interview please get in touch with Laura Round: laura@brightblue.org.uk or 07543759844. Commenting on the Budget, Ryan Shorthouse, director of Bright Blue, said: “The…

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

Use CAP to fund a green Brexit

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For further comment or to arrange an interview please get in touch with Laura Round laura@brightblue.org.uk or 07543759844. A greener, more pleasant land, a new report from Bright Blue, sets out a…

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 30, 2017

Tories must be greener to win younger voters, says Bright Blue

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For further comment or to arrange an interview please get in touch with Laura Round laura@brightblue.org.uk or 07543759844. Bright Blue, the independent think tank and pressure group for liberal conservatism and conservative…

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 30, 2017

Time for thoughtful Theresa, not tough Theresa, on immigration

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Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, is calling for new data, targets and debate on immigration. Commenting on today’s ONS migration figures, director of Bright Blue Ryan…

August 29, 2017

Defend and reform capitalism better, Bright Blue urges Tory Government

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Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, has today published the latest edition of its magazine, Centre Write, ‘Capitalism in crisis?’, with contributions from The Rt Hon Lord…

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.

August 24, 2017

Conservatives ‘Should Be Loudest Champions of Human Rights Act’ Claims New Report

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Bright Blue’s recent human rights report ‘ Fighting for Freedom’ is covered on Rights Info.

August 24, 2017

Fighting for freedom? The historic and future relationship between conservatism and human rights

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Bright Blue’s new human rights report “Fighting for freedom?” is mentioned by SmartThinking

August 22, 2017

Tories urged to abandon effort to scrap Human Rights Act

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Bright Blue’s recent Human Rights report ‘Fighting for Freedom’, authored by Sir Michael Tugendhat, is covered in the Financial Times.

August 22, 2017

Conservatives should be loudest champions of Human Rights Act

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Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, has published a report by former High Court judge and QC – Sir Michael Tugendhat – entitled “Fighting for freedom? The…

August 17, 2017

Defend and reform capitalism better, Bright Blue urges Tory Government

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Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, has today published the latest edition of its magazine, Centre Write, ‘“Capitalism in crisis?”, with contributions from The Rt Hon Lord Maude, Jesse…

August 13, 2017

Conservatives feel the need for renewal

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Bright Blue’s social reform conference is mentioned in the India’s Sunday Guardian Live