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Appointing Jon Cruddas was a masterstroke for Labour

Appointing Jon Cruddas was a masterstroke for Labour

David Skelton, Policy Exchange’s Deputy Director, argues that the recent selection of Jon Cruddas as head of Labour’s policy review could be a masterstroke for Ed Miliband if he’s able to translate his impressive, but often abstract, thinking into concrete policy. He shows how Cruddas’s views are supported by polling findings from our report Northern Lights.

Benefits: the disabled and deserving?

Benefits: the disabled and deserving?

Policy Exchange Director Neil O’Brien makes the case for a carefully thought out reform of disability benefits. Neil stresses the importance of getting the tone of the reforms right in order to prevent those claiming DLA being seen as “spongers”.

Liam Byrne is right about Labour’s pains

Liam Byrne is right about Labour’s pains

Policy Exchange Director Neil O’Brien shows that polling results from Policy Exchange report Northern Lights back the beliefs of Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Work & Pensions Liam Byrne that voters are angry about welfare dependency and that political parties need to take a stronger line on welfarism.

Reform to police pay long-overdue

Reform to police pay long-overdue

Crime & Justice Research Fellow Edward Boyd calls for reform of police officer remuneration, arguing that police pensions are unfair and need modernising and that in order to attract the best applicants the starting salary for police officers should be increased.

Elected Mayors – where did it all go wrong?

Elected Mayors – where did it all go wrong?

With the elected Mayors referenda looking set to deliver a ‘No’ result, Policy Exchange Deputy Director David Skelton criticises the failure of the government to put together an effective campaign in favour of elected Mayors. He also points out that Mayors were seen as ‘more politics’ at a time when the public is very anti-politics and that the powers and boundaries for the new Mayors were poorly chosen.

Why the Conservatives need to resolve our housing problem

Why the Conservatives need to resolve our housing problem

Policy Exchange’s Director of Communications Nick Faith cites findings from report Northern Lights which show that those who do not own their own home are far less likely to vote Conservative than those who do. He argues that coupled with the current housing crisis and fewer and fewer people able to afford to get on the property ladder, this could cause electoral problems for the Tories.

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