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Bright Blue

Bright Blue is an independent think tank and pressure group for liberal conservatism. We defend and champion liberal, open, democratic and meritocratic values, institutions and policies. It was first formed in 2010 by Ryan Shorthouse and a group of policymakers and campaigners who were passionate about applying liberal conservative ideas and insights to tackle the major economic and social problems of the modern day.


Today, we are a respected and leading think tank – as well as a membership organisation – which delivers an extensive programme of research, publications and events. Our thinking and ideas have had significant influence on public debate and government policy.


Social Justice: Focusing on helping the most deprived, here and abroad.

Fair Start: Supporting children in the early years and at school to maximise life chances.

Human Government: A responsive government that puts the person before the process.

Social Responsibility: Taking responsibility for the society we want to live in, and being the change we want to see in the world.

Sustainable Economy: Environmentally, socially and financially responsible industries and individuals.

Powerful Citizens: Reviving and creating routes for citizens to take control of the politics that affects their lives, locally and nationally.

Optimistic Politics: We believe political action has the potential to bring positive change; that government is not the same as bureaucracy; and that we can build a society in which no one is left behind.

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