Bright Blue

Bright Blue is an independent liberal conservative think tank with a big mission: to defend and improve liberal society. We play a fundamental role in vetting, explaining, creating and changing public policy.

Since we became a professional think tank in 2014, we have grown significantly in size, profile, influence and reputation. We are now one of the most influential research and advocacy organisations in the UK. We have published over 100 reports, employed around 60 people and hosted nearly 800 events. We have been shortlisted as the Energy and Environment Think Tank of the Year and Social Policy Think Tank of the Year in the prestigious Prospect Magazine awards four years in a row. Generally, our work focuses on social, educational, environment and energy and employment and fiscal policy. 

Over 60 original Bright Blue policies have been adopted by successive Governments over the past nine years. Broadly, under David Cameron, Bright Blue’s work helped improve education policy, especially on childcare and universities. Under Theresa May, it secured significant changes to environmental policy, including being the first centre-right organisation to call for the UK to adopt a legal net zero emissions target. Under Boris Johnson, Bright Blue helped change the post-Brexit immigration system for workers and students. Under Rishi Sunak, many of Bright Blue’s ideas on reforming childcare support were adopted.

Bright Blue has sought not only to produce rigorous and respected research and to be an ideas engine for successive Governments, but to build a community of like-minded people through our membership of around 1,000 members and donors. We have made liberal conservatism, defined by our ten key principles, a distinctive and recognisable political philosophy with lasting impact on public attitudes and policy.

Latest reports

A wealth of opportunities

This report from UK think tank Bright Blue offers a centre-right prospectus for spreading wealth. This book offers a fresh and radical centre-right vision to help people on modest incomes build up and pass on wealth. It includes essays from 21 leading decision makers and opinion formers from different professional, political and social backgrounds, offering...

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Greater and greener development

This report from UK think tank Bright Blue looks at improving the development levels of UK housing in a way that is consistent with protecting the environment. The polling report provides strong policy ideas for — and a strong case to — the Government for improving the development levels of UK housing and infrastructure in...

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Mind your business?

This report from UK think tank Bright Blue looks at expanding democratic business in the UK. This report examines the nature of, history of, advantages from, problems with and policies for democratic business. It defines and describes democratic business, which includes co-operatives, employee-owned businesses and community businesses, and outlines the benefits of them – for...

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Up in the air?

This report from UK think tank Bright Blue looks at delivering cleaner air in a socially just way. This report focuses on the impact of and policies for two sectors that are especially responsible for air pollution in deprived areas: transport and domestic burning, which are the biggest contributors to NOx and PM2.5 air pollutants....

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Resilient neighbourhoods, powered by low-carbon energy

This report from UK think tank Bright Blue examines the role of the planning system in hampering as well as facilitating these renewable energy technologies. Decarbonising the UK power sector is central to the country achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions. To do this, there needs to be a substantial increase in investment in and...

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Public attitudes towards the plight of and policies for younger people

This report from UK think tank Bright Blue looks at the current public attitudes concerning how younger people are and should be supported by government. Younger people in this country are disillusioned with the Conservative Government. Only 1% of 18-24-year-olds in the UK intend to vote for the Conservatives in the next election, according to...

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Alternative policies for the UK’s asylum system

This report from UK think tank Bright Blue looks at UK public attitudes towards the principles and policies of the asylum system. This Bright Blue report analyses UK public attitudes towards the principles and policies of the asylum system in the UK. The findings provide a strong case to - and policy advice for -...

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Home advantage

This report from UK think tank Bright Blue presents a new centre-right vision for housing. The housing situation in modern Britain is bleak. We struggle to build nearly as many homes as we have in past decades, real house prices are the highest in over a century, over two-thirds of renters have given up on...

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Greater and greener homes

This report from UK think tank Bright Blue looks at key changes in government policy to increase housing supply and reduce carbon emissions from new homes. The UK is facing both a housing and climate crisis. We are not building enough homes. And the houses we do build are not green enough to support this...

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Building up: The future of social security

This report from UK think tank Bright Blue looks at the adequacy, accessibility and fairness of the UK’s social security system for working-age adults. The COVID-19 pandemic and the rising cost of living has put significant strain on the finances of low-income households, exposing flaws with the UK’s social security system. This report examines the...

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Work in progress? Supporting the self-employed after the pandemic

This report from UK think tank Bright Blue looks at the barriers self-employed people face to access financial support from government and commercial sources. The COVID-19 pandemic led to significant financial, occupational, social and psychological changes for self-employed people from low and middle income households. Challenges are now being compounded by the rising cost of...

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Picking up the pieces: tackling littering and fly-tipping in England

This report from UK think tank Bright Blue looks at how government can play its part in reducing the level of fly-tipping and littering. Fly-tipping and littering continues to cause economic, environmental and social damage to communities across the country. With fly-tipping incidents rising over the past three years and reports of littering increasing, it...

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An agenda for action

This report from UK think tanks Bright Blue and British Future is a collection of essays looking at reducing racial inequality in modern Britain. While there has been progress on racial equality in Britain in recent decades, there is still an unacceptable gap in the life chances and everyday experiences of people from different ethnic...

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A carbonless crucible?

This report from UK think tank Bright Blue looks at forging a UK steel industry. Steel is an indispensable building block of the UK economy. But existing steel production technologies require large amounts of energy and are carbon-intensive: in 2019, the steel sector accounted for just over one fifth of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from...

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Stepping up

This report from UK think tank Bright Blue looks at public attitudes to address the cost of living crisis.  The cost of living crisis is hitting the finances of British families hard: the Consumer Financial Confidence Index has dropped to the lowest score in a decade and inflation reached 5.5% in January. But we are...

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