Bright Blue (organisation)

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Bright Blue Campaign trading as Bright Blue
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Formation 2010; 8 years ago (2010)
Type Think tank
Legal status Private Limited Company by guarantee
Matthew d'Ancona
Chief Executive
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]


Bright Blue's work is guided by four research themes: social reform, integrated Britain, green conservatism and human rights.

Its first publication was Tory Modernisation 2.0 published in 2013.[3] 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".[4] This book contains contributions from conservative intellectuals and members of parliament,[5] including Matthew d'Ancona, Francis Maude, and David Willetts.

In April 2014, Bright Blue published its second book, The Modernisers’ Manifesto. 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.[6] 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.[7]


The Board of Directors is made up of Matthew d'Ancona (Chair), Ryan Shorthouse (Chief Executive),[8] Rachel Johnson, Alexandra Jezeph, Diane Banks and Phil Clarke.


  1. ^ Dominiczak, Peter (10 January 2013). "Conservatives should be the party of the low paid, minister says". The Telegraph. Retrieved 30 December 2016. 
  2. ^ Peter Hoskin (9 January 2013). "What the Tory modernisers did next". Conservative Home. Retrieved 30 December 2016. 
  3. ^ Scruton, Roger. "Postmodern Tories". Prospect. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  4. ^ "Bright Blue Book". Archived from the original on 2014-03-03. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
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  6. ^ "Publications". Retrieved 2014-07-03. 
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  8. ^ Toby Helm (4 January 2014). "'We must not pander to Ukip': moderate Tories challenge the party's drift to right". The Observer. Retrieved 18 January 2017. 

External links

  • Official website
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