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Nick Faith, Policy Exchange’s Director of Communications, looks at the changing outlook of younger voters, and argues that parties ignore younger voters at the expense of the old at their peril. Nick suggests a batch of policies that will appeal to younger voters, including more and better quality homes, extending the NI exemption to 25 year olds to stimulate youth employment and improving the quality of childcare.
Guy Miscampbell, Policy Exchange’s Economics & Social Policy Research Fellow, looks to see what lessons the UK can learn from US-style campaigning technology. Guy argues that, whilst the funding gap between US and UK election campaigning is massive, UK parties could implement important elements, such as increasing mining for electorally useful data.
Ruth Porter, Head of Economic and Social Policy at Policy Exchange, outlines why Labour MPs need to start working together. Ruth argues that younger Labour MPs are more focused on building a personal reputation and express little in the way of ideological commitment. This ‘rampant individualist’ approach stands in stark contrast to the solidarity displayed by their Conservative counterparts, which has led to a proliferation of groups with a clear vision.
Nick Faith, Policy Exchange’s Director of Communications, sets out how the Conservatives a coalition of voters that will allow them to win elections in the long-term. Nick makes the case from our report Northern Lights that the Conservatives must reach out to the working classes by selecting more northern and working class candidates and focus on building up local networks in marginal seats.
Nick Faith, Director of Communications at Policy Exchange writes that the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement was littered with references to Northern towns and examines just how these areas will benefit from the Coalition’s policies and what this could mean for Tory prospects in the next election.
Nick Faith, Director of Communications at Policy Exchange, gives his view on the Autumn Statement as part of a Conservative Home panel. Nick found this to be a budget showing signs of economic recovery, but with a clear message that the Conservatives are the party to get Britain back in the black.
As Ed Miliband and Labour make shifts towards greater 1970s-style government control of private companies, Simon Less, Senior Visiting Fellow at Policy Exchange, argues that renationalisation of utilities would make things much worse as the Government has much better options for controlling prices while improving choice and quality for consumers.
Max Chambers, Policy Exchange’s Head of Crime & Justice, writes calling for David Cameron to make a game-changing offer to the young middle classes if he wishes to secure election victory in 2015. Max argues that a sensible discussion needs to be had with the older generation to persuade them that it is in the interest of their grandchildren and generational fairness that they take less generous old age perks.
Nick Faith, Director of Communications at Policy Exchange, sets out the Catch 22 situation that UKIP has put the Conservatives in. UKIP is likely to prevent the Conservatives from winning some key marginals, but tacking to the right to try and head this off in the North West and Midlands will harm the party in the South West. Nick argues that David Cameron’s best response would simply be to forget the electoral connotations and focus on leading the country instead.
David Skelton, Policy Exchange’s outgoing Deputy Director, sets out his plan to set up a new group to broaden the appeal of the Conservative Party. David highlights his plans to reach out to voters in the North and in urban areas, noting the influence of Policy Exchange’s key report Northern Lights on the challenges facing all political parties.