David Skelton
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David Skelton is Director of Renewal, dedicated to broadening Conservative appeal

David was previously Deputy Director and Head of Research at Policy Exchange – an independent think tank working for a stronger society, better public services and a more dynamic economy.

David has worked at the forefront of politics, policy development and public service reform for over a decade. Prior to joining Policy Exchange he worked in management consultancy, where he was heavily engaged in developing progressive and innovative thought leadership for the public sector, as well as working regularly with public sector professionals in health, education and policing. David was also Deputy Director of the Parliamentary Resources Unit, a body that provides specialised research services to Members of Parliament.

David was born and brought up in Consett, County Durham. He was the Conservative Parliamentary candidate for North Durham at the last election, gaining a swing of almost 9%. He blogs regularly for Platform 10 and supports Sunderland AFC.

Entries by David Skelton

Increasing Minimum Wage Would Be More Than a Political Statement, It'd be the Right Thing to Do

(6) Comments | Posted 14 January 2014 | (09:01)

The government inherited a dire economic legacy and we're right to celebrate the fact that the economy looks to have turned the corner, with jobs being created and new businesses being established. This time we have to make sure that the recovery reaches everybody in society, particularly the low-paid and...

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The Boundary Changes Were a Crutch for the Tories - Now They HAVE To Broaden Their Appeal

(11) Comments | Posted 1 February 2013 | (13:29)

The boundary changes are officially dead, being defeated by a pretty substantial House of Commons majority. With that, many commentators would have you believe, goes the chances of a Tory majority in 2015. Tory supporters on Twitter and in the media have been bemoaning the result - suggesting that this...

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Len McCluskey and the Flat Earthers Are Wrong - Tony Blair Still Has Many Lessons For Today's Politicians

(26) Comments | Posted 3 October 2012 | (00:00)

Bill Clinton stole the show at this year's Democratic convention, with a piercing show of strength from the political centre. His approval ratings amongst US voters are at an all time high. This centrist political leader from the 1990s has soared to new heights of popularity.

One man in particular...

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In Defence Of Football

(1) Comments | Posted 17 August 2012 | (15:25)

The Olympics were magnificent. They proved that, when we put our mind to it, we can put on the best show on the planet. As I predicted just before the Games started, all of the pessimists and negativists were proven wrong, arguing that, "this is the greatest showcase...

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Ed Miliband is Right to Speak at the Durham Miners' Gala

(8) Comments | Posted 16 July 2012 | (00:00)

Ed Miliband is being attacked for speaking at the Durham Miners' Gala. Apparently, it's symbolic of the "redness" of "Red Ed" and part of Labour's kneejerk to the left. There's plenty of things that I disagree with Miliband about, but he certainly shouldn't be criticised for appearing at a celebration...

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Englishness Matters and Politicians Should Embrace It

(2) Comments | Posted 22 June 2012 | (17:12)

As England expects ahead of our showdown with Italy on Sunday, Englishness is back in vogue amongst political circles. As the St George's Crosses pop up at pubs and houses across the country, senior politicians, notably Ed Miliband, have started to talk about the concept of Englishness and what it...

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I'm Sorry, Dr Fox - Gay Marriage Isn't Just a "Metropolitan Elite" Issue

(46) Comments | Posted 15 June 2012 | (00:00)

According to opponents of gay marriage, it is a measure that only attracts support amongst the "metropolitan elite" - according to their analysis once you step outside of Hampstead or Soho , support for equal marriage simply withers away.

Former Defence Secretary, Dr Liam Fox was the latest political figure...

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In Defence of the Grand National

(17) Comments | Posted 14 April 2012 | (00:00)

This weekend, millions of Brits will be betting on one of the world's most spectacular sporting events. The Grand National will be watched by about ten million viewers in this country alone - once a year punters will be placing a bet and people who don't normally watch horse racing...

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It's World Aids Day, but Where are the Ribbons?

(0) Comments | Posted 1 December 2011 | (09:19)

It's World Aids Day today and the red ribbon is its symbol. But today, on Britain's high streets, there is little sign of many red ribbons, despite there being a greater need for awareness of HIV and Aids than any time since the disease's peak in the 1980s.

Today...

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The Conservatives Have Much To Learn From John Howard's Appeal To Blue Collar Voters

(0) Comments | Posted 13 November 2011 | (15:30)

"It's not an exclusive definition, the battler is somebody who finds in life that they have to work hard for everything they get... normally you then look at it in terms of somebody who's not earning a huge income but somebody who is trying to better themselves, and I've always...

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The Legal Recognition Of Gay Marriage Is Absolutely The Right Thing To Do

(4) Comments | Posted 19 September 2011 | (00:00)

The Government has announced that it is planning to launch a consultation with the aim of legalising gay marriage.

It's a very welcome announcement indeed.

The case for gay marriage is clear and it is great news that the Government seems to be ready to accept the case....

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Sport Should Be Used To Help Re-engage Alienated Young People

(4) Comments | Posted 23 August 2011 | (14:08)

Two extraordinary things happened a couple of weekends ago. A few days of horrendous disorder broke out in London, Birmingham and Manchester. People's homes and businesses were destroyed following an outbreak of violence that many have blamed on disengaged youth and growing gang culture in many of our cities.

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The BBC Should Think Again Before Meddling With BBC4

(8) Comments | Posted 17 August 2011 | (12:10)

In the past few weeks the BBC has produced some really high quality programming. It has produced some programming that falls very much within their remit of public service broadcasting.

Examples of this high quality broadcasting include the shamelessly high-brow 'Great Thinkers In Their Own Words',...

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The Actions of a Criminal Minority Should not be Used to Condemn Whole Communities

(3) Comments | Posted 13 August 2011 | (00:00)

The full horror of this week's riots are there for all to see. The perpetrators are rightly being utterly condemned for a grotesque display of violence and nihilism that has wrecked lives and torn apart communities.

Some are also using the riots as an excuse to use some pretty damning...

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