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Policy Exchange

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 09 February 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d648
  1. Jane Cassidy, freelance journalist
  1. janecassi2{at}

Who are they?

Depending on your political point of view, Policy Exchange is a neo-con attack dog (Seumas Milne of the Guardian) or the leading think tank for these times (London mayor Boris Johnson).

It was set up in 2002 by three Conservative MPs: Michael Gove, now the education secretary, the backbencher Nick Boles, and Francis Maude, currently Cabinet Officer minister and paymaster general. Gove poetically likens its role to “a tiny band of guerrillas, partisans on the hillside fighting a lonely campaign, who have turned into the most formidable regular army on the think tank battlefield.”

It is the favourite think tank of the prime minister, …

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