Onward

Onward’s mission is to renew the centre right for the next generation, by generating a new wave of modernising ideas and a fresh politics that reaches out to new groups of people. To achieve that, our vision is to create the infrastructure for the centre right to reach, engage and respond to younger generations of voters.

Our target market is the 3 million voters under 35 who considered voting Conservative in 2017, but decided not to. Onward exists to generate new ideas for the next generation.

We are building a powerful ideas factory for centre-right thinkers and leaders. We believe in a mainstream conservatism – one that recognises the value of markets and supports the good that government can do, is unapologetic about standing up to vested interests, and assiduous in supporting the hardworking, aspirational and those left behind. Our goal is to address the needs of the whole country: young as well as old; urban as well as rural; and for all parts of the UK – particularly places that feel neglected or ignored in Westminster.

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By Will Tanner; James O'Shaughnessy

This report from the UK think tank Onward looks at what is driving the sea change in our politics and…

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By Lord James O'Shaugnessy; Will Tanner

This report from the UK think tank Onward includes new polling by Hanbury Strategy that shows the shift away from…

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By Chris Philp MP; Guy Miscampbell

This report from the UK think tank Onward looks at new ideas to promote home ownership. This report argues that…

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By Neil O'Brien MP

This report from the UK think tank Onward looks at the case for action on super-prolific criminals. The research note…

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By Neil O'Brien MP

This report from the UK think tank Onward looks at the decline of small schools and village schools. Neil O’Brien…

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By Will Tanner; Richard Chew

This report from the UK think tank Onward looks at how to restore confidence in our immigration system after decades…

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By Will Tanner; Guy Miscampbell; James Blagden

While most studies of automation have focused on the number of jobs at risk from robots, this report from the…

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By Will Tanner; Nick Tyrone

This report from the UK think tank Onward sets out how prisons should, in order to tackle the UK’s stubbornly…

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Current Opportunities

Digital and Events Internship

We are looking for outstanding candidates to join Onward’s six-month digital and events internship starting in late-November or early December.  You will help shape and deliver a high quality programme of engagement through social media, digital and live events. These will be fun, unconventional and build Onward’s brand and network among key audiences, especially younger… Read more »

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Policy Internship

We are looking for outstanding candidates to join Onward’s six-month policy internship starting in late-November or early December.  You will work closely with Onward’s research team to develop new ideas for the country’s greatest social and economic policy challenges. The role is suited to ambitious individuals looking to gain experience in social and economic policy… Read more »

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Finance and Office Manager

We are looking for an experienced manager to oversee the Onward office and finances. You will join a small tight-knit team that punches above its weight and help us scale further. We expect the role to be part time, and welcome applications from part-time and flexible workers and people returning from parental leave. You will… Read more »

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