We joined our friends at NUCA again for another excellent speaker, Patrick Mercer. He engaged us with a very entertaining discussion on counter terrorism and ended with a Q&A session. It was well worth the trip.
LUCF travelled down to London to watch Mayor’s question time at City Hall. It was very interesting to watch the GLA in action and it certainly made a change from Westminster politics. Boris was great, with his usual flair and humour which made the whole event lively and combative.
Boris and the GLA in action.
After lunch we headed to the House of Commons to watch some of the afternoon debates. The debates had been shortened because of the tragic death of Ivan Cameron that morning but it was interesting none the less. Afterwards we went to a few pubs before making our way back to Leicester.
Ken Clarke at NUCA
A small group from Leicester travelled to Nottingham to see Ken Clarke, the former chancellor and newly appointed shadow business secretary speak about the economy, his return to the front bench and about the Conservative party today. My thanks go to Will Bickford Smith and the others at NUCA for hosting a great event.
Edward Garnier QC MP
Last nights event with Edward Garnier QC MP Shadow Minister for Justice was a great success and everyone who attended had a most enjoyable evening. I am sure I speak for everyone in thanking Edward for joining us for the evening, it was great to speak to him over dinner and we look forward to meeting him again when the annual trip to parliament is organised. The event was held at the excellent Taj Mahal restaurant, one of Leicester’s oldest and best curry houses. Edward was very pleased with how the evening worked out and thanked the society for organising such a successful event.
Rupert Matthews one of our East Midland MEP candidates attended a spirited Question and Answer session about the EU and the up and coming European elections this year on the 22nd November 2008. The event drew students with a wide range of views on the EU and Britain’s relationship with it. Rupert was very impressed by the level of knowledge shown by our CF members, even on the more obscure aspects of the EU.
David Lidington Shadow Foreign Office Minister
David Lidington Shadow Foreign Office Minister visits Leicester on 12th November 2008. He talked to us about his role as a Shadow Foreign Office Minister and life as an MP before taking questions. A great discussionensued with a variety of questions ranging from the crisis in Georgia to constituency work. This was followed by a more informal chat over a round of drinks in the bar.
A couple of our members attended the Young Britons Foundation’s annual 3 day conference held at the magnificent Wellington College at the end of October 2008. This was a great event with many excellent speakers, we will definitely be attending again next year.
Our stall at the fresher’s fair. 2008 was our best year yet with over 60 members signed up to the society, making us by far the largest political party on campus!
A few of our members attended party conference in Birmingham this year which despite overlapping with our Fresher’s fair was well worth attending. The events, parties and of course touching base with friends make this an unmissable occasion.
With Boris becoming Mayor of London he had to vacate his Henley seat forcing a by-election campaign, but with the recent victory in Crewe we were confident of victory so we decamped to Henley on Thames. Here we are campaigning with William Hague and Liam Fox.
The candidate was John Howell seen here with Boris. John won the seat with an even greater majority than Boris had previously!
Crewe & Nantwich
In the midst of the most exciting by-election since 1978 when the party last won a by-election, a group from LUCF travelled up to join the campaign, some of us even stayed for a week! This was a great opportunity to help the party and meet MP’s. Here we are outside the Crewe office.