Dr Anthony Ridge-Newman

Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler -Albert Einstein


PhD - The Conservative Party and New Media
One of Britain?s leading political scientists, Professor Tim Bale FRSA, examined Anthony's PhD and wrote in the final report that the thesis is 'brave, interesting and well-researched' and demonstrates 'ambition and originality'.

Cameron's Conservatives and the Internet (2014) 
Anthony's first book has been endorsed by leading academics and practitioners in the field, and is described as 'an innovative analysis...breaking new ground', Dr Alexander Smith, Assistant Professor, Warwick University.

Anthony's work has attracted international media attention and he has achieved mentions in
Newsweek, International Business Times and the New Scientist magazines. His work has informed governments as far afield as Canada and Finland.

The Tories and Television, 1951-1964 (2016) 
Anthony's second book has also received notable endorsements. 

We are delighted to accept the project for publication and would like to offer many congratulations on a strong piece of work.' (Palgrave Macmillan, July 2016)

Dr Michael Higgins, Senior Lecturer, Strathclyde University, wrote:

?Rarely can the benefits of examining the political past to understand the present have been as amply demonstrated. Drawing upon a period of rapid development, Ridge-Newman combines appreciation of contemporary debates around the influence of media with a scrupulous understanding of the culture of the Conservatives. The developing dynamics between media and political institutions will now be clearer.?

Dr Mari K. Niemi, Senior Researcher, University of Turku, and academic of the year (Finland, 2015), wrote:

?In this excellent book, Anthony Ridge-Newman continues the work he began in Cameron?s Conservatives and the Internet (2014). He now explores the relationship between the Tories and, another important new medium, in its time, television. In analysing the role television played in the transformation of Conservative Party organization, 1951-64, Ridge-Newman reveals the complex and fascinating dynamics of change and tradition. His much needed and well-written study scrutinizes how the advent of television altered the internal dynamic between Tory elites and the party?s grassroots, thus transforming their approach to political campaigning.

David Jones MP, Secretary of State for Wales 2012-14, wrote:

The success of the Conservative party over the centuries is due in considerable part to its ability to adapt to new norms and new media. Anthony Ridge-Newman's book is a scholarly yet entertaining account of the party's relationship with the medium of television, which dominated the second half of the twentieth century. Ridge-Newman chronicles the Tories' initially cautious embrace of television in the days of postwar austerity, which developed into mastery of the medium in the bellwether election of 1959. This is an important account of a transformational period in British politics, in which the glowing box in the corner of the sitting room became the instrument of continued Conservative domination of the political landscape.


Political communication; media sociology; media and politics; cultural and political history; cultural studies; anthropology; social movements; social, political and cultural change; civic engagement and campaigns; new media and politics; digital cultures; political parties; organisational analysis; science communication; human rights; journalism; marketing, public affairs and PR; television and politics; social media and politics; Conservatives and Conservatism; Liberals and Liberalism; dance; religion; qualitative, quantitative and interdisciplinary research methods.