By Paul Goodman
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In Opposition, the Party made new efforts in the north, setting up a Northern Board. In Government, there've been questions about what's happening to them (and it). So it's interesting to note that the Tory Reform Group is launching a new venture, TRG North, this evening. The move displays a confidence that its brand of conservatism has an appeal outside the Conservative heartlands.
The stalwart of the party's centre-left, Damian Green, will speak at the event, which is taking place in Ilkley, Yorkshie, and is being hosted by Kris Hopkins, the MP for Keighley and Ilkley, a long-time TRG member who spoke powerfully on Libya when the Commons first considered military action. (Hopkins is a former solider and leader of Bradford Council.)
Green is making the most of the launch by warning that the party mustn't sub-contract caring to the Liberal Democrats, and has trailed his remarks this morning.