National Conservative Convention

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National Conservative
Founded 1867
Headquarters 4 Matthew Parker Street, Westminster, England, United Kingdom
Key people
Rob Semple, Chairman
Gerry Yates, President

The National Conservative Convention (NCC), formerly the National Union of Conservative and Unionist Associations, is the voluntary wing of the Conservative Party in the United Kingdom. It is not to be confused with the Conservative party conference. The convention is composed of all constituency Association Chairmen, Officers from Areas and Regions, and 42 representatives from the Conservative Women's Organisation. Until 2016, Conservative Future also sent 42 delegates to the NCC.[1] The Convention meets twice a year—its Annual General Meeting is usually held at Spring Forum, with another meeting usually held at the Conservative party conference. At the head of this body sits a team of executive officers comprising a chairman, a president and three vice-presidents, of whom the chairman is the most senior. They are representative of the volunteers within the party.

Party structure[edit]

The Conservative Party comprises the Voluntary Party, Parliamentary Party (sometimes called the Political Party) and the Professional Party.

Members of the public join the party by becoming part of a local constituency association.[2] The country is also divided into regions, with each region containing a number of areas, both having a similar structure to constituency associations. The National Convention is essentially the parliament of the Voluntary Party.

The National Conservative Convention is usually held during the Conservative Party Conference, shown here in 2011, with another meeting at the Spring Forum.

The 1922 Committee is effectively head of the Parliamentary Party its leader forms policy in consultation with his cabinet and administration. The Conservative Campaign Headquarters (CCHQ) is effectively head of the Professional Party and leads financing, organisation of elections and drafting of policy. The Conservative Party Board is the party's ultimate decision making body, responsible for all operational matters (including fundraising, membership and candidates) and is made up of representatives from each (voluntary, political and professional) section of the Party.[1]


The National Union of Conservative and Unionist Associations was a federation of the voluntary wing of the Conservative Party. It was responsible for running the party conferences, but did not have any power over the leadership, other than advisory. It was founded in 1867 and was the first formal national Conservative organisation. In 1998 the National Union was replaced by the National Conservative Convention.

Chairmen of National Conservative Convention[edit]

(Until 1988, the National Union of Conservative and Unionist Associations)

Presidents of National Conservative Convention[edit]

Until 1988, it was known as the National Union of Conservative and Unionist Associations. The President of the NCC acts as Chairman of Conservative Party Conference for the year he is Chairman.


  1. ^ a b "Party Structure and Organisation". Conservative Party. Retrieved 2016-11-16. 
  2. ^ Conservative and Unionist Central Office v. James Robert Samuel Burrell (HM Inspector of Taxes) [1981] EWCA Civ 2 (10 December 1981)
  3. ^ BEMROSE, Sir Max (John Maxwell) in Who Was Who 1897-2007, retrieved 5 June 2008, from BEMROSE, Sir Max (John Maxwell)
  • Unless otherwise stated, details of Chairmen and Presidents of the NUCUA are taken from British Political Facts 1900-1994 by David Butler and Gareth Butler.
  • Conservative Conference Guide, 1989 (Eyre & Spottiswoode)