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22 June 2015 | Higher education cash should go to ‘falling over’ FE

  • In an interview with FE Week, Policy Exchange's Head of Education Jonathan Simons calls for BIS to divert cash from universities to Further Education.

  • 18 June 2015 | Earlier end to subsidies for new UK onshore wind farms

  • Following the government's announcement that new onshore wind farms will be excluded from a subsidy scheme a year earlier than expected, BBC environment analyst Roger Harrabin argues the reason might be revealed by Policy Exchange research which found that the government has run out of money in its energy subsidies programme.

  • 17 June 2015 | Labour needs a JFK to prevent it sliding into bloody civil war

  • Daily Telegraph Columnist Mary Riddell cites findings from Policy Exchange's new report Overlooked But Decisive. The report finds that C1 and C2 voters value family, fairness and equality above all else and that the Labour party better represents these views than the Tories, but this has failed to translate into votes for Labour.

  • 15 June 2015 | Labour election loss down to lack of ideas not passion, says Jim Murphy

  • The Guardian covers outgoing Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy's final speech at Policy Exchange. Murphy expressed his regret over being part of the Blair/Brown struggle and called for Scotland to be front and centre of Labour's 2020 election strategy, saying that "the path to victory in middle England runs right through the heart of central Scotland."

  • 15 June 2015 | Tory welfare cuts would hit poorest third of UK families, research shows

  • The Guardian covers Policy Exchange's new Overlooked But Decisive report. The report provides a detailed profile of England's squeezed middle - those in the C1/C2 socioeconomic class - revealing their policy preferences for raising the personal allowance, stricter discipline in schools and tackling health tourism.

  • 15 June 2015 | Change rules to ditch failing leaders, say Labour veterans

  • The Times cites Policy Exchange's new report Overlooked But Decisive in an article on the future of the Labour leadership. The report found that C1/C2 voters identified Labour as holding values closer to their own than the Conservatives.

  • 15 June 2015 | Why every Labour member should read the new Policy Exchange report

  • Prominent Labour grassroots blog Left Foot Forward recommends to all members that they read Policy Exchange's new Overlooked But Decisive report. The post pulls 5 points of interest from the report, including that C1/C2 voters' conception of "fairness" combines left and right, women do not want a "softer" approach to politics and C1/C2 voters see Labour as the party of benefit claimants and trade unionists.

  • 15 June 2015 | Jim Murphy: Labour blew its best chance of winning election for 20 years

  • Jim Murphy's forthcoming speech at Policy Exchange is trailed in the Daily Telegraph. The outgoing leader of Scottish Labour is expected to say that the 2015 election was Labour's best chance of winning until the 2030s, and that Labour lost 2.5 elections on that day: against the Conservatives in England, the SNP in Scotland and partially to UKIP in areas where they challenged Labour.

  • 14 June 2015 | Politicians urged to dial down ‘military’ rhetoric about schools

  • Jonathan Simons, Policy Exchange's Head of Education, is quoted in the Yorkshire Post noting the existence of a counter-cyclical pattern to teacher recruitment - that as the economy grows the number of people applying to be a teacher falls and then reverses as the economy does badly.

  • 05 June 2015 | More cities aim to establish start-up clusters

  • Eddie Copeland, Policy Exchange's Head of Technology Policy, is quoted in the Financial Times arguing that those tech clusters in the UK that play to local strengths are the ones that will stand a chance of being successful.