We’re now able to publish more details about this year’s ConservativeHome spring conference, on the theme of “Securing a Majority,” will take place in London on Saturday May 24. That’s two days after the local and European elections, and the day before the count of the latter. Speakers and sessions will include:
- Keynote speech. George Osborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer, architect of the recent “Budget for Savers” and the Prime Minister’s right-hand man, will deliver the keynote address on one of the most important weekends of the political year. The conference takes place the weekend after the local election results and the day before the count of the European election results. Exit polls of results of the latter will already have been published.
- Lord Ashcroft, Britain’s leading political pollster, will present new and exclusive findings on the battleground for next year’s general election, now little more than a year away.
- What should the Conservative message be in 2015?:Tim Montgomerie, Times columnist and former ConservativeHome editor, Matthew Elliott, the Chief Executive of Business for Britain and an architect of the referendum defeat of AV and Nusrat Ghani, Conservative candidate for Wealden, will debate and discuss the Conservative message for 2015.
- Is the Tory Machine fit for purpose?: Douglas Carswell MP, the leading backbench voice for Party change, Benedict McAleenan, Grant Shapps’s former agent and a voice for new alternatives to Party membership, and Andrew Rossindell MP, one of the most successful campaigning constituency MPs, will debate whether mass Party membership is still viable.
- What should be in the next Conservative Manifesto: Dominic Raab MP, one of the Conservatives Party’s leading backbench thinker and campaigners, Isabel Hardman, Assistant Editor of the Spectator and Daily Telegraph columnist, Mark Littlewood of the Institute of Economic Affairs and Lottie Dexter of the Million Jobs Campaign will mull what should be in the manifesto.
- Robert Halfon MP, the campaigning backbencher and campaigner to make the Conservatives “the Workers’ Party”, will open the conference.
- How should the Conservatives deal with UKIP? Mark Reckless MP, one of the Party’s leading Eurosceptic voices, Ryan Shorthouse of Bright Blue and Iain Martin, Sunday Telegraph columnist, will debate what David Cameron’s approach to Nigel Farage’s party should be in the wake of the European elections.
There will also be seminars on growth, immigration and the economy with speakers including Sunder Katwala of British Future, Simon Richards of the Freedom Association and Alp Mehmet of Migration Watch.
The ticket price includes entry to the full day conference, access to all events and breakout workshops, refreshments on arrival and during the day, and a two course luncheon. The usual ticket price is £89.00 but for a limited time we are offering an Early Bird Special of £69.00.
I’m sorry that the price is higher than it was last year, but although we are not aiming to make a profit we wish to avoid a loss. Places are limited and tickets will be sold on a first come, first serve basis.
For security reasons the exact central London location won’t be disclosed to attendees until 24 hours before the event. You will need to supply an email address (or mobile phone number) with your application to attend.
Latest: Iain Dale will chair the session on How the Conservatives should deal with UKIP, and the session on the economy will be led by Simon Richards of the Freedom Association and Ruth Lea, Economic Adviser to the Arbuthnot Banking Group.
Following requests from our readers we are delighted to offer a special student and OAP rate of just £35. You will need to bring ID on the day with your ticket confirmation. If you have already booked and qualify for this rate we will of course refund the difference.
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