Bright Blue (organisation)

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Bright Blue
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Formation 2010; 8 years ago (2010)
Type Liberal Conservative Think tank
Matthew d'Ancona
Ryan Shorthouse

Bright Blue is an independent liberal conservative think tank and pressure group in the United Kingdom. The Daily Telegraph newspaper has described the organisation as "the modernising wing of the Tory party"[1] and the ConservativeHome website has described it as "a deep intellectual gene pool for the Conservative Party's future".[2] In 2016[3] and 2017[4] it was shortlisted for UK social policy think tank of the year and UK environment and energy think tank of the year.


Bright Blue are guided by ten core principles,[5] and seek to defend and champion liberal, open, democratic and meritocratic values, policies and institutions. Bright Blue's work is guided by five research themes: energy and environment policy; human rights and discrimination; integrated Britain; social reform; ageing society.[6]

Its first publication was Tory Modernisation 2.0[7] published in 2013. Tory Modernisation 2.0 is described as recommending "policies and a vision that the Conservative Party should adopt to improve society and the economy, and win in 2015 and beyond". This book contains contributions from conservative intellectuals and members of parliament,[8] including Matthew d'Ancona, Francis Maude and David Willetts.

In April 2014, Bright Blue published its second book, The Modernisers’ Manifesto.[9] The book outlined how the Conservative Party can demonstrate credibility and fresh ideas to convince the electorate that they need a second term in government to make Britain a fairer nation with a stronger economy and high-quality public services. The book contained contributions from a range of high-profile opinion formers and policy makers such as Liam Fox, Andrew Mitchell, Zac Goldsmith, Laura Sandys, Nick Hurd, George Freeman, Isabel Hardman, Matthew Parris and Ian Birrell.


Bright Blue produces and publishes its own original research, in 2017 it published:

  • Saving for the future: extending the consensus on workplace pensions[10]
  • Individual identity: Understanding how conservatives think about human rights and discrimination[11]
  • A greener, more pleasant land: a new market-based commissioning scheme for rural payments[12]
  • Fighting for freedom? The historic and future relationship between conservatism and human rights[13]
  • Britain breaking barriers[14]
  • Green conservatives? Understanding what conservatives think about the environment[15]


Bright Blue publishes the quarterly magazine Centre Write.[16]


The Board of Directors is made up of Matthew d'Ancona (Chair), Ryan Shorthouse (Director), Rachel Johnson, Alexandra Jezeph, Diane Banks, Phil Clarke and Richard Mabey.


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