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 Ryan Shorthouse; William Nicolle

This report from the UK think tank Bright Blue looks at air pollution, national governance, and the transport sector. Stronger…

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By Ryan Shorthouse; Sam Lampier; Anvar Sarygulov

This report by the UK think tank Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, looks to understand and…

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By Murdo Fraser MSP

Bright Blue Scotland, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, has today published new research, entitled Our still United Kingdom,…

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By Ryan Shorthouse; Sam Lampier; Anvar Sarygulov

Universal Credit is one of the most significant reforms of the welfare system in the UK for decades. Initially, it…

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By Michael Johnson

The research, authored by Associate Fellow Michael Johnson, outlines the vast, and continuing, growth in unfunded spending promises by government,…

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By Wilf Lytton; Ryan Shorthouse

Decarbonising the UK’s gas network presents one of the most significant political and economic challenges facing the UK. Natural gas…

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By Eamonn Ives; Ryan Shorthouse

Air pollution, especially in urban areas, is one of the most pressing environmental issues of our time. A growing evidence…

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By Ben Caldecott; Eamonn Ives

Nature is facing unparalleled threats. Under Conservative Governments this decade, there has been progress on nature conservation, at home and…

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