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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.

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Productive Places | WSP and ResPublica

On Wednesday 31st October ResPublica and WSP hosted a panel discussion in Parliament to launch WSP’s Productive Places paper and debate its findings. The report...

ResPublica’s Response to the Autumn Budget 2018

The 2018 Budget delivered by Philip Hammond was the first since 1962 to be delivered on a day other than a Wednesday, and was moved...

ResPublica Response to changes to the National Planning Policy Framework

The Government’s housing announcements on the 5th March were the first substantial change to the planning system since the Coalition reforms six years ago. The...

Food poverty: Time to lift the veil?

A century on from Charles Booth’s famous Poverty Map of London, accurate information on poverty has never been more important. So the findings of...

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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...

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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...