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The Conservatives can be the new workers’ party

The Conservatives can be the new workers’ party

Policy Exchange Director Neil O’Brien argues that the Prime Minister must ignore calls from some of his backbenchers to lurch to the right and instead focus on building a narrative that focuses on Blue Collar modernisation. He says that the Tories must start appealing to low income earners and ethnic minority voters.

A third runway? Yes, and a fourth too, please

A third runway? Yes, and a fourth too, please

Tim Leunig, Chief Economist at Centre Forum and author of Policy Exchange’s recent report Bigger and Quieter, sets out the case for building four new runways to the west of Heathrow, doubling the airport’s current aviation capacity. He also lays out ways in which the airport layout can be changed to make the experience far more convenient.

The challenge for the Tories is to find their own version of Blairism

The challenge for the Tories is to find their own version of Blairism

Policy Exchange Director Neil O’Brien argues that the challenge facing the Tories is to find their own version of Blairism. Neil suggests that the Conservatives need to do more to win over voters in the North and in the Midlands, and argues that the Tories need to show they are not just a party for the rich.

Growth and locally-facing public sector pay

Growth and locally-facing public sector pay

Ed Holmes, Senior Research Fellow for Economics & Welfare at Policy Exchange, argues that setting public sector salaries locally could mean thousands of private sector jobs could be created in areas where employment is high, as set out in recent Policy Exchange report, Local Pay, Local Growth.

Chris Grayling should be tough on crime – and smart on tagging

Chris Grayling should be tough on crime – and smart on tagging

Rory Geoghegan, Research Fellow for Crime & Justice at Policy Exchange, argues that the electronic monitoring of criminals is being undermined by the nature of the MOJ’s procurement contracts. Rory suggests that a localised system where multiple suppliers can offer local law enforcement agencies the technology they need could save the taxpayer hundreds of millions of pounds.

Tagging isn’t working – privatisation is no panacea

Tagging isn’t working – privatisation is no panacea

David Skelton, Deputy Director at Policy Exchange, argues that private monopolies will do little to drive up standards in public service delivery. He suggests that a competitive local market needs to be established in the area of electronic monitoring, especially with the electronic tagging of criminals as we explored in recent report Future of Corrections.

Government must think fast and big to make Britain a tech haven

Government must think fast and big to make Britain a tech haven

Chris Yiu, Head of Digital Government at Policy Exchange, argues that the UK has the potential to become a world leader in the high-tech and digital economy, but the government must change existing visa regulations to allow UK digital start-ups to hire the most talented international graduates.

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