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Tom Follett

Senior Policy and Projects Officer

Tom manages and delivers projects around place-based policy and devolution, working across both ResPublica’s research and consulting functions. His recent projects include Air Necessities and research for Newport Council’s City of Democracy initiative.

Tom’s work has featured in publications ranging from The Times to the New Statesman, as well as in local press. He has written for a range of publications, including Newsweek and CityMetric and has appeared frequently as a contributor for Share Radio and TipTV.

His policy interests include cities, transport and digital government, and inequality and welfare. He previously interned in parliament for a frontbench Labour MP, working on infrastructure and efficiency policy as part of Labour’s Policy Review.

Tom joined ResPublica in November 2015, after completing an MA in Legal & Political Theory at UCL, where his studies focused on the moral principles of the welfare state. He also holds a BA in Politics from the University of Leeds, where he graduated in July 2014, and wrote his dissertation on Regional Policy in England 1997-2014.

Outside of work he enjoys reading, travel, and obscure genres of electronic music.

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...

Mutuals and Co-ops Can Be The Very Best Option!

The Quest for John Lewis Quality Public Services for Wales Wales has often been characterised by a radical political tradition that exists to promote a...

Book Review: ‘Taking Power Back: Putting people in charge of politics’ by Simon Parker

Nearly a year before the 2015 General Election, the Chancellor George Osborne announced that the country needed a ‘Northern Powerhouse’: an attempt to bring together...

Remain: The truly patriotic choice

In its latest volley of relentless negativity, the Remain campaign has targeted the grim outlook for UK trade were we to leave the EU. Last...

Becoming ‘the best place in the world’ for dementia treatment

This blog was originally published by Age UK   The Prime Minister wants the UK to be ‘the best place in the world to undertake research...