No Turning Back (political group)

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No Turning Back is a group within the British Conservative Party advocating Thatcherite policies. It was founded in 1985 to defend Margaret Thatcher's free-market reforms.[1] The group was named in honour of Thatcher's 1980 Conservative conference quote "U-turn if you want to. The lady's not for turning."[2] No Turning Back published less material in the nineties and became involved in Conservative party in-fighting, resulting in both Michael Portillo and Francis Maude leaving the group,[1][2] but became more prominent during Iain Duncan Smith's time as Conservative leader because he had been a member until he was elected.[2]

Since 2005 the No Turning Back group has been chaired by John Redwood. It has published pamphlets on the subjects of taxation and social mobility in recent years.


Past and current members include-


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  3. ^ a b c Shrimsley, Robert (3 August 1993). "MPs propose tailor-made benefits to cut spending". The Daily Telegraph (London). p. 8. 
  4. ^ Mp, Conservative (2002-10-16). "Michael Fallon". BBC. Retrieved 2008-04-02. 
  5. ^ Roth, Andrew; White, Michael. (2006-05-19). "Eric Forth". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2008-04-02. 
  6. ^ "About Greg". Retrieved 2012-07-06. 
  7. ^ "Gerald Howarth MP". Conservative Party. Retrieved 2008-04-02. [dead link]
  8. ^ Travis, Alan (14 January 1994). "WESTMINSTER SCANDAL: Key players: An unreconstructed Thatcherite at the core of the cottage plot". The Guardian (Manchester). 
  9. ^ Mp, Conservative (2002-10-17). "Edward Leigh". BBC. Retrieved 2008-04-02. 
  10. ^ "Duncan Smith, champion of the right". BBC. 2001-08-15. Retrieved 2008-04-02.