Ryan Shorthouse

Ryan Shorthouse is the Founder and Director of Bright Blue, a think tank for liberal conservativism

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If I were Prime Minister: I wouldn't let anyone leave school without meeting the minimum standards

Our series in the run-up to the General Election – 100 days, 100 contributors, but no politicians – continues with the Founder and Chief Executive of Bright Blue

A man relishes being part of Generation DIY

Say hello to Generation DIY

An increasing number of young people are turning to self-employment, and it's no surprise why - working for yourself is the perfect solution to today's job market

'At it's beating heart this is still the party of start-ups. What drives us mad is bureaucracy' David Cameron, Tory conference in March 2011

Of course the Conservatives should be the party for workers. But they must also be the party for those out of work

It's about having the right values, not attracting the 'right' people

Ryan Shorthouse: David Cameron's oppressive Big Society

The Conservatives’ passion for the Big Society chimes with a deep human desire to be an esteemed and popular part of a social group – whether it be a family, a peer group or a neighbourhood.

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