Martin Cullingford, who is Editor of Gramophone Magazine, spoke at the Conservative Renewal Conference earlier…
This a a conference organised by Conservative grass roots members for people who want to talk about conservative policies. We had a sold out conference last year and are working within the party to promote the renewal of conservative and Conservative thinking and policy.
The purpose of Conservative Renewal is to help conservatives win elections through the strength of ideas. We are independent but work in partnership with local party associations, think tanks and leading political thinkers.
We present a vast array of conservative minded thinkers, commentators and politicians including Professor Roger Scruton, Vaclav Klaus, Jesse Norman MP, Paul Goodman, Adam Afriyie MP, Douglas Carswell MP, Jacob Rees-Mogg MP, Dan Hannan MEP, Syed Kamall MEP, Marta Andreasen MEP, Guido Fawkes, Simon Richards, Kathy Gyngell, Jonathon Isaby, Matthew Elliot, Donal Blaney, Dia Chakravarty and many more.
Our 2013 conference covers Britain’s relationship with the EU , immigration, the BBC, constitutional policy,a debate on UKIP, digital campaigning and much more. Details below.
Vacláv Klaus, the former president of the Czech Republic, will deliver an address at lunch time. Adam Afriyie, MP for Windsor, will open the conference and participate in a question time debate.
After a day of robust debate, speeches and thinking we will head across to the historic Windsor Guildhall for a dash of patriotic English sparkling wine and a tribute to Baroness Thatcher. Places for the Guildhall reception are almost gone so be quick.
In the evening Jesse Norman MP will speak after a sumptuous three-course meal. If that is not enough politics for one day, Professor Roger Scruton, renowned Conservative thinker, will lead a philosophical discussion for the night owls.
The Conservative Philosophy Group are holding a meeting in the nearby MacDonald hotel in the late afternoon. Windsor is the conservative thinkers place to be on September 14.
Speakers may change, so check back regularly for more information. Its is the nature of politics things may change at the last minute. You are welcome to join us for a day of debate, thinking and hopefully inspiration.
The views of any speaker or individual associated with this conference do not represent the official views or policy of the Conservative party or any local Conservative Association. We welcome all to express their personal views freely.
Phil Sage, Richard Hyslop, George Bathurst, Co-Founders, ConservativeRenewal.org
Agenda 14 September 2013
Registration, exhibition and tea & coffee
(Windsor suite) :Welcome and opening remarks
What should be the nature of the UK’s new relationship with the EU?
Lunch and session on negative campaigning
Political observers often talk about “negative” campaigns as if there’s something wrong with them. In this session, Alex Deane will set out the benefits of negative campaigning, analyse the arguments for and against it in the modern political environment and discuss the role that negative campaigning might – and should – play in the next election.
Session one (Sandringham suite): When it comes to the constitution, the Conservative Party always seems to be on the back foot fighting what other people propose. Is it time for the Party to articulate their own vision of the constitution and if so what?
Session two (Windsor suite): Digital campaigning
Session three (Balmoral suite): What should a Conservative policy for the arts look like.
Session one (Sandringham Suite): 2015 general election campaign – It’s time to talk about UKIP!
Session two (Windsor Suite): Marriage and the family. How do we hold on to the family, in a time of fungible relationships and sexual liberation?
Session three (Balmoral Suite) : In a multimedia age can we continue to justify a compulsory license fee for the BBC?
Tea & coffee, exhibition
(Windsor Suite) Question Time style debate
Leading academics and politicians meet to develop and discuss Conservative principles
English sparkling wine reception and tribute to Baroness Thatcher by Connor Burns MP
Dinner with special guest speaker
Jesse Norman MP
Politics and philosophy
Professor Roger Scruton
The purpose of Conservative Renewal is to help conservatives win elections through the strength of ideas. Conservative Renewal runs an annual conference in Windsor as well as smaller events in London and around the country. We are independent but work in partnership with local party associations, think tanks and local people.
Delighted to see the Conservative Philosophy Group now active on Twitter. Follow them at @ConPhilGroup.
RT @ConPhilGroup 2/2 Thereby to provide the Conservative Party with a vision that would enable it to counter the theories of the socialists & other opponents