Ryan Shorthouse

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Ryan Shorthouse is a writer, thinker and entrepreneur. He is the Founder and Chief Executive of Bright Blue, an independent think tank for liberal conservatism.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Ryan Shorthouse founded Bright Blue in 2010 and finally became the full-time Director at the start of 2014. He is an expert on education and social policy, and a political commentator.[1]

He regularly appears on national TV and radio, appearing on Newsnight, the Daily Politics Show, BBC News, Sky News,  Channel 4 News. Radio 4, Radio 5 and LBC Radio. He provides frequent analysis for national newspapers and magazines, writing for The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, The Independent, The Daily Mail, The Spectator, The New Statesman and Prospect Magazine.[2][3][4][5][6]

Shorthouse was previously a Research Fellow for the think tank the Social Market Foundation and was part of the team that won Prospect Magazine’s Think Tank of the Year in 2012.[7] Prior to 2010, he was a researcher for Rt Hon David Willetts MP when he was Shadow Education Secretary, where he authored the Conservative Party’s Childhood Review, and an adviser to the Conservative Party on families and education.

Shorthouse is a Visiting Fellow of King's College London. He is a trustee of the Young Women's Trust and the Early Intervention Foundation, and was previously a trustee for the Family and Childcare Trust and the Daycare Trust.[8][9]


  1. ^ a b "Ryan Shorthouse - Bright Blue". 
  2. ^ Shorthouse, Ryan (3 October 2016). "Is Theresa May holding back Conservative modernisation – or driving it forward?". The Telegraph. 
  3. ^ Shorthouse, Ryan (20 April 2017). "Why the election could make Theresa May more liberal". The Guardian. 
  4. ^ Shorthouse, Ryan (20 February 2013). "Why liberal conservatism isn't dead". The Spectator. 
  5. ^ Shorthouse, Ryan (26 February 2014). "Of course the Conservatives should be the party for workers. But they must also be the party for those out of work". The Independent. 
  6. ^ Shorthouse, Ryan (31 March 2017). "The right-wing case against populism". Prospect. 
  7. ^ "Prospect Think Tank of the Year Awards 2012". 
  8. ^ "Young Women's Trust Trustees". 
  9. ^ "Early Intervention Foundation Trustees". 

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