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Barrow Cadbury Trust’s CEO, Sara Llewellin, introduced the first of three roundtable discussions centre-right think tank Bright Blue are holding as part of their new research project ‘A balanced centre-right agenda on immigration’.  speakers included Paul Uppal MP and Number 10 Policy Board, Professor Anthony Heath, Head of Sociology, Oxford University, Sunder Katwala, Director, British Future, and David Aaronovitch, Times columnist.


Speakers and invitees explored the social and cultural implications of immigration, including community relations, identity, housing and public services.  New positive narratives and policies on the cultural impact of immigration which could be championed by centre-right politicians were debated.


A recently launched Bright Blue Commission is looking to identify and promote new policies and ideas for the centre-right on immigration. Bright Blue are inviting individuals and organisations to submit written evidence with new suggestions on immigration which can inform policy direction and political narrative.   They are seeking a positive and fair centre-right agenda on immigration to ensure that the benefits of immigration are maximised and the challenges are confronted.   Individuals and organisations are invited to submit evidence to [email protected] by noon on Monday 18 August 2014.