It is critical that there is a strong conservative voice arguing for policies that can cost-effectively safeguard the environment and address the challenges of climate change. 

There is a strong tradition of green conservatism and in her speech to Conservative Party Conference in 1988, Margaret Thatcher highlighted this important aspect of conservatism:

“It’s we Conservatives who are not merely friends of the Earth – we are its guardians and trustees for generations to come. The core of Tory philosophy and for the case for protecting the environment are the same. No generation has a freehold on this earth. All we have is a life tenancy – with a full repairing lease. This Government intends to meet the terms of that lease in full."

This research theme is developing policies and political narratives on the environment, energy, and climate change. Our three core themes are as follows:

  • Future of energy
  • Natural environment
  • Sustainability and international development

The objectives of the research theme are:

  • Building concern for and awareness of environmental challenges among the conservative movement
  • Advocating market-based, cost-effective solutions to climate change and policies that support sustainable, long-term economic growth
  • Protecting and enhancing the local natural environment
  • Utilising the UK’s international development budget and moral leadership to champion sustainability internationally
  • Improving UK environmental regulation as it evolves as a result of the UK leaving the European Union 

Meet the team

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Ryan Shorthouse
Director, Bright Blue



Patrick Hall

Researcher, Bright Blue



William Nicolle
Researcher, Bright Blue


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Helen Jackson

Associate Fellow

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Lord Michael Howard
Former Leader of the Conservative Party


Zac Goldsmith MP



Rebecca Pow MP


John Penrose MP

Laura Sandys
CEO, Challenging Ideas


James Heappey MP


Antoinette Sandbach MP


Professor Sir Roger Scruton


Simon Clarke MP

About the Advisory Board

Members of the Advisory Board provide intellectual and political advice to all of the outputs of the 'energy and environment' research theme through regular meetings and peer reviewing our papers.

Partners have provided intellectual and/or financial contributions to this research theme. However, partners do not necessarily endorse all of Bright Blue's analysis and recommendations. Bright Blue has complete editorial control over all the outputs from this research theme.


To get in touch with Bright Blue about the 'energy and environment' research theme, please contact William Nicolle (

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