Conservative Way Forward

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Conservative Way Forward (CWF) is a British campaigning group that operates within the Conservative Party. It is a Thatcherite group in outlook and agenda, and Baroness Thatcher herself was the President.[1]

CWF was founded in 1991 to "defend and build upon the achievements of the Conservative Party under Margaret Thatcher's leadership, and to adapt the principles of her era in government to modern concerns and challenges".

Their core stated aim is "to provide a forum for all those who share our philosophy, from Parliament to the constituencies and helping in the eventual restoration of people's freedom and rights". They organise speaker meetings, seminars and receptions, supported and attended by Government Ministers past and future.[2]

Although still a predominantly Thatcherite grouping, CWF has in recent years, with the decline of the left-leaning Tory Reform Group, become an integral and mainstream part of the Conservative Party; although according to one source CWF is not even affiliated to the party.In all leadership elections since 1997, the candidate supported by CWF has ultimately won. [3]

Margaret Thatcher Library[edit]

On 14 April 2013, the group announced that it was setting up a Margaret Thatcher Library as a permanent memorial to the former Prime Minister. The project will be based on the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California, and has the support of several current and former Conservative cabinet members. It is expected to run training courses for young Conservatives and exchange student programmes to the US and elsewhere, as well as house artifacts from her premiership.[4]

Officers[edit]

In December 2015 Paul Abbott resigned as chief executive, and Donal Blaney resigned as chairman, following the suicide of Elliott Johnson soon after being made redundant as an employee of Conservative Way Forward. This followed the resignations of Minister of State for International Development Grant Shapps, and the expulsion from the Conservtive Party of Mark Clarke, following allegations of bullying of Elliott Johnson.[5][6]

Executive director:

Founding President:

Honourary Vice Presidents:

Parliamentary Council[edit]

Chairman:

Deputy Chairman:

Council Members

Patrons[edit]

  • Terence Cole
  • Graeme Lee
  • Selva Pankaj
  • Thembalath Ramachandran
  • Professor and Mrs Rausing KBE
  • Diana M.C. van Nievelt Price
  • Andrew Whitley

Board of Management[edit]

Chairman
Vice-Chairman
  • Cllr Paul Osborn
Executive Director
  • Chrissie Boyle
  • Mark Allatt[8]
  • David Berens
  • Peter Botting
  • Conor Burns MP
  • James Cleverly MP
  • Alex Deane CC[9]
  • Stephen Hodgson[10]
  • Simon Leary
  • Dr Spencer Pitfield OBE
  • Cllr Greg Smith,[11]
  • Russell Walters
  • Sarkis Zeronian

For more information: http://www.conwayfor.org/team

History[edit]

Former Honourary Chairmen:

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tory quits in 'hidden cuts' row". News (BBC). 25 March 2005. 
  2. ^ Hope, Christopher (2 April 2013). "Former Coalition defence minister takes over Margaret Thatcher legacy group to fight defence cuts". The Daily Telegraph (Telegraph Media Group). Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  3. ^ Donal Blaney Retrieved 5 Feb 2016
  4. ^ Hennessy, Patrick (14 April 2013). "Margaret Thatcher: plans to build museum as permanent memorial". The Sunday Telegraph (Telegraph Media Group). 
  5. ^ a b c d Grierson, Jamie (19 December 2015). "Two figures at Tory thinktank linked to alleged bullying step down". The Guardian (Guardian Media Group). Retrieved 22 December 2015. 
  6. ^ Jones, Callum (20 December 2015). "Tory campaign group leaders resign over bullying scandal". The Times (London: News UK). Retrieved 22 December 2015. 
  7. ^ appointment
  8. ^ http://www.conservativehome.com/platform/2008/02/mark-allatt-tim.html Retrieved 6 Feb 2016
  9. ^ http://www.conservativehome.com/tag/alex-deane Retrieved 6 Feb 2016
  10. ^ http://committee.cityofworcester.gov.uk/mgUserInfo.aspx?UID=133 Retrieved 6 Feb 2016
  11. ^ http://www.gregsmith.co.uk/ Retrieved 6 Feb 2016
  12. ^ "Eric Forth". The Daily Telegraph (Telegraph Media Group). 19 May 2006. 
  13. ^ "Christopher Chope". Members of Parliament. The Conservative Party. 

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