Conservative Campaign Headquarters
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CCHQ building shown at the back
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The Conservative Campaign Headquarters (CCHQ), formerly known as Conservative Central Office (CCO) is the headquarters of the British Conservative Party, housing its central staff and committee members. As of February 2014, the post of Conservative Party chairman was split between Grant Shapps and Lord Feldman. Following the May 2015 General Election, Shapps left the post, leaving Lord Feldman as the sole Chairman. After Theresa May's election as Conservative Leader in July 2016, Feldman was replaced by Patrick McLoughlin as Conservative Party chairman.
The establishment of Conservative Central Office dates back to 1871, with the creation of professional support for the Party by Sir John Gorst. Following election defeats in 1906 and 1910, in 1911 the post of Party Chairman was created to oversee the work of the Central Office.
Until 1958 CCO was based at Abbey House, Victoria Street, London, then moving to No. 32 Smith Square, Westminster. This was the scene of many televised historic moments in Conservative history from Margaret Thatcher's victory rallies to Iain Duncan Smith's resignation. CCO moved in 2004 to nearby 25 Victoria Street for more high-tech facilities, and has subsequently been known as Conservative Campaign Headquarters (CCHQ).
On 6 March 2007, CCHQ moved again, this time to 30 Millbank, Westminster; part of the property portfolio of David and Simon Reuben. On 10 February 2014, CCHQ moved to 4 Matthew Parker Street, London SW1H.
On 10 November 2010, 30 Millbank was attacked by student protesters as part of a demonstration against rises in tuition fees.
On 19 November 2014, demonstrators taking part in a 'Free Education' demonstration in central London clashed with Police outside, 4 Matthew Parker Street, where the Conservative Campaign Headquarters relocated in February 2014.
- Spillett, Richard (2014-11-19). "Student protestors march on Parliament Square and Tory party headquarters | Daily Mail Online". Dailymail.co.uk. Retrieved 2015-11-18.
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