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Theresa May’s Leadership and the Post-Brexit Conservative Opportunity: creating a popular people’s party

Warwick Lightfoot — Policy Exchange’s Director of Research, and Head of Economics and Social Policy — was special adviser to three Chancellors of the Exchequer during the ERM controversy. Here he responds to last week’s Conservative Party manifesto, noting that the ‘electoral earthquake’ of Brexit has offered Theresa May ‘the opportunity to reunite the Conservative Party and the wider centre-right spectrum’ on the issue of Europe, in a way which is ‘little short of astonishing’.

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Policy Exchange’s Warwick Lightfoot writes about Brexit’s effect on food prices, in the Daily Telegraph

Warwick Lightfoot — Director of Research and Head of Economics and Social Policy — reflects on a recent House of Lords’ report on the potential impact of Brexit on agriculture. He comments that ‘nowhere did [the report] recognise that protectionism drives food prices in the EU above world prices’, before concluding that ‘after Brexit, consumer welfare will be increased by access to the world’s most competitive suppliers and I believe we will see lower food prices’

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Policy Exchange’s Warwick Lightfoot discusses Brexit on BBC News

Warwick Lightfoot — Policy Exchange’s Director of Research, and Head of Economic and Social Policy — appareared on BBC News to discuss Brexit on the day the UK triggers Article 50

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Policy Exchange’s Warwick Lightfoot referenced in Sunday Times article on Scottish independence

This Sunday Times article by Mark Macaskill discusses the views of Warwick Lightfoot, Policy Exchange’s Head of Economics and Social Policy, and Research Director. Referring to a recent blog piece Lightfoot wrote on Scottish independence, Macaskill reports that ‘a proposal by the SNP for tackling Scotland’s multibillion-pound budget deficit in the event of independence has been described as “implausible” by a leading economist.’

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Sir Geoffrey Owen writes about ‘national champions’ in the FT

Sir Geoffrey Owen — Policy Exchange’s Head of Industrial Policy — considers whether ‘national champions’ are an ‘endangered species’.

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A commentary by Sir Geoffrey Owen, Head of Industrial Policy at Policy Exchange and former Editor of the Financial Times. Sir Geoffrey examines the reasons for US leadership in two key sectors, information technology and biotechnology, highlighting the important role played by new entrepreneurial firms

Clarifying Income Distribution: An Issue of Equality or Need?

Clarifying Income Distribution: An Issue of Equality or Need?

This report — written by Rebecca Lowe Coulson, Policy Exchange’s State and Society Research Fellow — shows that claims suggesting that income inequality has never been greater are not only societally divisive, they are also largely untrue. It also explains why income equality does not necessarily equate to high overall living standards, and explores how that relates to the duties of the state towards the least well off.

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Clean Brexit

With a foreword by former Chancellor of the Exchequer Nigel Lawson, and a postscript by former Foreign Secretary David Owen, this major contribution to the public debate sets out proposals for a ‘Clean Brexit’. It is written by Policy Exchange’s Chief Economic Advisor, Dr Gerard Lyons, and leading Telegraph economics commentator, Liam Halligan

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Theresa May’s Leadership and the Post-Brexit Conservative Opportunity: creating a popular people’s party

Theresa May’s Leadership and the Post-Brexit Conservative Opportunity: creating a popular people’s party

Warwick Lightfoot — Policy Exchange’s Director of Research, and Head of Economics and Social Policy — was special adviser to three Chancellors of the Exchequer during the ERM controversy. Here he responds to last week’s Conservative Party manifesto, noting that the ‘electoral earthquake’ of Brexit has offered Theresa May ‘the opportunity to reunite the Conservative Party and the wider centre-right spectrum’ on the issue of Europe, in a way which is ‘little short of astonishing’.

Why It’s Not True That the UK Economy Helps Only the Rich

Why It’s Not True That the UK Economy Helps Only the Rich

Warwick Lightfoot — Policy Exchange’s Director of Research and Head of Economics and Social Policy — responds to recent findings from the IMF, which suggest that, unlike other large economies, ‘labour’s share of income in the United Kingdom has trended up’. He concludes that ‘when you combine this data with the wider picture of flat inequality and historically high employment rates, it is very hard to paint the UK economy as one that helps only the rich and hurts the poor’.

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Policy Exchange’s Warwick Lightfoot writes about Brexit’s effect on food prices, in the Daily Telegraph

Policy Exchange’s Warwick Lightfoot writes about Brexit’s effect on food prices, in the Daily Telegraph

Warwick Lightfoot — Director of Research and Head of Economics and Social Policy — reflects on a recent House of Lords’ report on the potential impact of Brexit on agriculture. He comments that ‘nowhere did [the report] recognise that protectionism drives food prices in the EU above world prices’, before concluding that ‘after Brexit, consumer welfare will be increased by access to the world’s most competitive suppliers and I believe we will see lower food prices’

Policy Exchange’s Warwick Lightfoot referenced in Sunday Times article on Scottish independence

Policy Exchange’s Warwick Lightfoot referenced in Sunday Times article on Scottish independence

This Sunday Times article by Mark Macaskill discusses the views of Warwick Lightfoot, Policy Exchange’s Head of Economics and Social Policy, and Research Director. Referring to a recent blog piece Lightfoot wrote on Scottish independence, Macaskill reports that ‘a proposal by the SNP for tackling Scotland’s multibillion-pound budget deficit in the event of independence has been described as “implausible” by a leading economist.’

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