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Will Tanner

Will Tanner


Will Tanner is Onward’s Director, having established the organisation with Neil O’Brien MP, Danny Finkelstein, Martyn Rose and Nick Faith in May 2018. In that time, he has authored a number of influential policy reports, including: The Politics of Belonging (2019); The Policies of Belonging (2021); No Turning Back (2020); The State of our Social Fabric (2020) and State of the Union (2021).

Before Onward, Will advised Prime Minister Theresa May between 2013 and 2017, as a Special Adviser in the Home Office and as Deputy Head of Policy in 10 Downing Street. He has also previously worked for the leading communications firm, Portland Communications, and for the independent thinktank, Reform.

Will writes regularly for national media outlets. In addition to a regular column in the i Newspaper, he has recently written for the Financial Times, The Times, The Guardian and Politico

Why young people are detaching from democracy and social norms – and what to do about it
What do British voters – and Conservative voters in particular – think of proposals to build more grammar schools and expand academic selection?
Vote Blue, Stay Green
South Tyneside could be at the forefront of the UK’s green economy, but several steps still need to be taken to level up the area.
Forcing landlords to lease vacant shops via a compulsory rent auction could bring up to 58,000 empty high street units back into use.
Onward launches first-of-a-kind programme to help level up left behind areas.
The Financial Times

Will Tanner, Director of Onward, wrote for the FT on how Britain’s Conservatives will not be immune from discontented young people moving to the authoritarian right.


Will Tanner, Director of Onward, wrote for iNews on how family life has deteriorated and younger generations are suffering as a result.