Bright Blue

Bright Blue is an independent think tank for liberal conservatism. The Daily Telegraph has called us “The modernising wing of the Tory party” and the influential Conservative Home website has described us as “A deep intellectual gene pool for the Conservative Party’s future”.

Our work is guided by five research themes: energy and the environment; human rights and discrimination; integrated Britain; social reform; and ageing society. Bright Blue was shortlisted for the 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 UK social policy think tank of the year and UK environment and energy think tank of the year in the prestigious Prospect Magazine annual awards.

A respected voice in policy debates, Bright Blue has recently seen a number of policies adopted by the UK Government: recently, for example, we have successfully campaigned for the introduction of a low-carbon obligation for the UK’s gas network; making the breach of a Domestic Abuse Protection Order (DAPO) a criminal offence; extending Tier 5 Youth Mobility visas to more countries; increasing the period of time international students can stay in the UK on a Tier 4 visa after their course has completed; the ONS asking a voluntary question about gender identity in the Census from 2021; the appointment of a Special Envoy on Freedom of Religion and Belief; new major R&D funding for cleaner and greener aviation; the increase in the salary threshold for the repayment of student loans; the cutting of Stamp Duty for nearly all first-time buyers; reforming rural payments after Britain leaves the EU Common Agricultural Policy so farmers are subsidised for environmental benefits or cost of living, rather than the intensity of the land farmed; the cutting of the initial 7-day way before people become eligible to claim Universal Credit; and the introduction of a new, legal net-zero emissions target in the UK by 2050 at the latest.

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Recent Reports

By Anvar Sarygulov

This report from UK think tank Bright Blue looks at public attitudes to address the cost of living crisis.  The…

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By Igor Shishlov; Philipp Censkowsky; Andrew Leming; Ryan Shorthouse

This report from UK think tank Bright Blue looks at how UKEF can fully align with the Paris Agreement so…

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By Sam Dumitriu

This report from UK think tank Bright Blue looks at reforming business taxes. If the UK's productivity problem can be…

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By Edited by Patrick Hall; Ryan Shorthouse; Rebecca Foster

This report from UK think tank Bright Blue is a collection of essays on policies and priorities across the dimensions…

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By Sam Robinson; Ryan Shorthouse

This report from UK think tank Bright Blue looks at reforming taxes on work and wealth. The report proposes that…

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By Dr Helen Jackson

This report from UK think tank Bright Blue maps the impacts of flooding in the UK since 2007. Flooding is…

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By Phoebe Arslanagic-Wakefield; Anvar Sarygulov; Ryan Shorthouse

This report from UK think tank Bright Blue looks at the benefits and challenges of home working during the pandemic.…

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By Wilf Lytton

This report from UK think tank Bright Blue looks at how the UK can decarbonise the steel industry. Clean steel…

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After the White Paper: levers for levelling up

This event, hosted by UK think tank Bright Blue, will discuss the levers for levelling up after the publication of…

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