Boris Johnson sets out the vision for his Premiership
Boris Johnson set out his vision for the United Kingdom on the steps of Downing Street yesterday – in the course of which he embraced many of the ideas championed by Policy Exchange in our series of policy proposals for the next Prime Minister.
The new Prime Minister spoke of:
- Fixing the UK’s social care problem – highlighted by Leader of the House of Commons Jacob Rees-Mogg in his first speech, when he referenced his Foreword for Policy Exchange’s paper on 21st Century Social Care
- Improving the chances for young people to buy their own homes
- Unlocking the potential of a bioscience sector liberated from anti-GM rules of the EU
- Investing in the ‘strategic and commercial’ opportunities offered by Britain’s space industry – his words mirroring Policy’s Exchange call for a UK-led “Position, Navigation and Timing satellite and Earth Observation systems”
‘From backing us up on tough decisions on foreign terrorist fighters to generally being a foil to some of the most activist lawyers that are out there’ the Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, Home Secretary, commended Policy Exchange at this year’s Summer Party for ‘flying the flag’ for difficult and important issues. He spoke about the impact Policy Exchange has on the policy debate and why he has continued to rely on Policy Exchange’s research throughout his time in various government positions, and never more so since he became Home Secretary.
To mark the launch of a series of papers and events – “What do we want from the next Prime Minister?” – Policy Exchange and Conservative Home hosted Sir Lynton Crosby, Rt Hon Amber Rudd MP, Ben Houchen, Mayor of Teeside, and Rt Hon Lord Feldman of Elstree, former Conservative Party Chairman, for a panel discussion on how the Tories might win votes in places such as Canterbury and Middlesbrough at the same time. Watch the event in full, read Sir Lynton’s article on Red Box and Policy Exchange Director Dean Godson’s introduction to the series on ConHome.
The final two candidates for the Conservative Party’s leadership came together on Armed Forces Day to welcome a Policy Exchange report – Protecting Those Who Serve – which calls for the incoming Prime Minister “to act urgently to protect UK troops, whether serving or retired, from ongoing exposure to legal risk and to unfair legal processes.” Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP and Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP, the Foreign Secretary, were joined by a wide range of international and cross-party supporters. Read the report here, Rt Hon Gavin Williamson MP’s Daily Telegraph op-ed, and further press coverage in the Times, Telegraph and Daily Mail.
A day after HRH the Prince of Wales issued a call for action for “the creation and regeneration of genuinely beautiful places” – in a report that cited our research five times – Policy Exchange published a report that puts the Prince’s vision into practice to help solve the housing crisis. Building Beautiful Places, by Jack Airey, advises the incoming Prime Minister to rewrite the planning rulebook to demand that developers build more beautiful housing – in line with what the public wants.
The new PM must “seek a new approach to the Irish border issue as part of a broader strategy after Brexit to stabilise and strengthen the Union,” said a new briefing paper by Lord Bew. It featured a Foreword by Sir Graham Brady MP (read it on Red Box), author of the Brady Amendment, and was endorsed by Arlene Foster, Leader of the DUP, at the Policy Exchange event. The idea that the Backstop is required by the Good Friday Agreement, she said, is “the greatest lie told in politics today”. Watch the full event here. Read coverage in The Express.
Polling commissioned by Policy Exchange revealed massive support for social care being largely free at the point of use and funded out of general taxation. Read the full findings as reported in the Sunday Telegraph, the briefing paper by Warwick Lightfoot and Will Heaven – and watch the event, with Jacob Rees-Mogg MP and Sally Warren, Director of Policy at the King’s Fund, among others.
Policy Exchange’s Warwick Lightfoot – former Special Adviser to three Chancellors – looks at the possible impact of Brexit on financial stability and the willingness of the world to act in the event of another financial crisis.
What you didn’t know about the Irish Border – how technology can resolve the issue of the North/South frontier post-Brexit
David Trimble’s former Special Adviser – and Chief Economic Adviser to Policy Exchange – sets out how technology can ensure a low-profile border between North and South.
Following the latest attack in Westminster and another planned against Oxford Street, Professor Richard Ekins, Head of Policy Exchange’s Judicial Power Project, reiterates the need to update our law of treason.
Will Heaven, Managing Editor of The Spectator, will join Policy Exchange as Director of Policy later this summer. He will play a leading role in our domestic research programme, notably on two of our new work streams – Place and Prosperity.
Rt Hon Nick Gibb MP has publically backed the latest education report by Policy Exchange, setting out how standards can continue to be raised in state schools. Completing the Revolution set out how using textbooks produced by respected third-parties like the British Museum can improve the quality of teaching while reducing the time teachers have to spend preparing for lessons. The idea builds upon other school reforms pioneered by Policy Exchange, including free schools and the pupil premium.
Hannah Stuart, Policy Exchange’s Co-head of Security and Extremism, commented on the new Home Secretary Sajid Javid’s rejection of the Muslim Council of Britain as unrepresentative of British Muslims.