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Ed Rennie

Former Head of Virtue Programme

Ed joined ResPublica in August 2014 and headed up the Virtue Principle which, alongside Prosperity and Society, will guide ResPublica’s workstreams for the coming period. The Virtue principle will develop research projects on how to inculcate culture change to establish ethos, character and equal dignity at the heart of our businesses, institutions and as the basis of individual flourishing and vocational fulfilment.

Before joining ResPublica Ed worked for Emily Thornberry MP and Jim Dobbin MP and was a Labour Councillor for Perivale. Prior to this he worked for the campaigning solicitor Imran Khan, taught religion in secondary school and worked as a wine merchant.

Ed grew up in London but has family roots in Wiltshire, Cumbria, Glasgow and Bath. He has particular interests in participatory democracy, the disconnect between rural and urban life, prison reform, restorative justice and tackling homelessness.

Ed is a support line volunteer for the National Association for People Abused in Childhood (NAPAC), a leading thinker in Blue Labour, a founding member of the Catholic Voices media project and a blogger at The Tablet.

The Disraeli Room
ResPublica’s Response to the Industrial Strategy White Paper

Following the creation of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy in July 2016 and firing the starting gun for a string of sector...

The Disraeli Room
ResPublica’s Response to the Autumn Budget 2017

The second Budget of 2017 delivered by Philip Hammond following the abolition of the Autumn Statement, was widely trailed as a tight political tightrope for...

Child Protection in the Digital Age

I was delighted when the Government introduced its Digital Economy Bill in the last session which gave effect to the 2015 General Election manifesto commitment...

A stake in it for everyone; why Conservatives should support regulation of Fixed Odds Betting Terminals

FOBTs or B2 machines are highly addictive, one way we know this, according to research conducted by the Campaign for Fairer Gambling, is that FOBT...

Championing renewed leadership in governance and business practice

It didn’t get to the point where we saw ‘Save Unilever’ held aloft on placards outside Downing Street, yet there was widespread unease about Kraft’s...

Industrial Strategy: A positive start but more must be done

The Government revealed their industrial strategy this week, with three main aims: Build on our strengths and extend excellence into the future; Close the gap...

Who can give the modern Cathy a home?

It’s 50 years since Ken Loach’s groundbreaking film, Cathy Come Home, documented the inhuman effects of homelessness. Without a home, as his heartbreaking film shows,...

We need a manufacturing resurgence more than ever. How can we bring it about?

There’s been a familiar narrative emerging since Thursday’s vote – this was the left behind white working class getting one over the London-centric political and...

The economic impacts of a Brexit would make us more, not less, reliant on other countries

Yesterday’s letter from Ford to its employees was the latest chapter in the economic debate on Britain’s EU membership, which has largely focused on the...