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January events of interest...

Reading_cf A fair few relevant events happening over the next couple of weeks, I think I've included most of them. Notable inclusions are an event by the Adam Smith Institute's excellent Next Generation, a group which:

"serves as a meeting point for the next generation of leaders in business, academe, the professions, journalism and public policy."

...and a life coaching event at CCHQ aimed at broadening appeal amongst young professionals.

Friday 12th January

Political Questions Evening with Julie Kirkbride MP et al

Organisation: Bromsgrove Conservative Future

Time: 8pm, in the Bell Inn, Belbroughton, Worcestershire

Details: Karen Lumley (Parliamentary Spokesman for Redditch) and Margot James (Parliamentary Spokesman for Stourbridge) are also attending.

Contact: Free to attend but please contact Ray Gillespie [email protected] or visit the website  for more details and to get your name on the list.


Tuesday 16th January

Geoffrey Clinton-Brown MP talk

Organisation: The Next Generation (Adam Smith Institute)

Location: 11 Tufton Street, London SW1P

Time: from 6pm to 8pm

Details:  Geoffrey was appointed the Shadow Minister for Trade & Foreign Affairs, serving in the teams of both Shadow Foreign Secretary, the Rt. Hon William Hague MP, and Shadow Trade & industry Secretary, Alan Duncan MP.  We will of course be serving the usual gourmet sandwiches and our wine of the month.

Contact: RSVP to 020 7222 4995 or tng[AT]


Friday 19th January

First meet-up of the year

Organisation: Keele CF

Location: Conservative Club, Merrial Street, Newcastle-under-Lyme (map)

Time: 8:00pm - 10:00pm

Contact: info[AT]


Saturday 20th January

Inter-party charity paintballing match

Organisation: Westminster Challenge

Location: City Paintball - Worship Street, EC2A 2BA - 5 mins from Liverpool Street Station

Time: 9.30am onwards
Details:  Westminster Challenge is a new cross-party fundraising organisation that brings politics and charity closer together. Tickets are £25 per person, and the charities being supported are CrimeStoppers, Cancer Research UK, The Children's Society.

Each team consists of 14 people, made up of members and researchers from the 3 main parties, as well as teams from related fields, such as PR, public affairs and the media.
Contact: Please e-mail Gareth Thistleton if you are interested in joining the Conservative team. Kings College CF is also organising a team.


Monday 22nd January

CF Breakfast with Ed Vaizey MP

Organisation: Conservative Future

Location: 5 Cavendish Sqare, W1

7.30am with breakfast for 7.45am and trying to aim to finish for 8.30am / 8.45am

Details: Fancy starting off your week on a political footing? We have Ed Vaizey, Shadow Minister for Culture and MP for Wantage and Didcot, joining us for breakfast and discussions. Numbers are restricted, so it will be first come, first served. Let me know if you would like to come along. The cost is £23 which covers your breakfast and juice / coffee.

Contact: Karen Allen


Tuesday 23rd January

Life Coaching

CF (Karen Allen)

Location: CCHQ, Victoria St, London

Time: 6:30pm - 9:00pm

Details: Looking to make some changes in your life? Or just looking for some tips on achieving some work or personal goals in 2007?  We have Jenny Ungless holding a Life Coaching Session. The ticket price includes refreshments.

Contact: The cost is £8 (early bird discount). Please send your cheque to Sarah Southern at CCHQ, 25 Victoria Street, three days in advance of the event. Otherwise tickets can be purchased on the door for £12.

Introduction to Politics

Organisation: Women2Win

Kensington, Chelsea & Fulham Conservatives. 1A Chelsea Manor Street, London SW3 5RP

Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm

A panel of senior Conservatives tell you about their journey through the Conservative Party with tips and advice about how to make it. First come first served as we have limited numbers.

Contact: Put it in your diary and email us on rsvp[AT]

Wednesday 24th January

London NW drinks

Organisation: London North West Conservative Future

Location: Pitcher & Piano Pub, Trafalgar Square

Time: 6:30pm - 11:00pm

[email protected]


Monday 29th January

Annual Student TRG Parliamentary Party

Organisation: Tory Reform Group

In the magnificent Jubilee Room, Parliament.

Time: 7.30pm - 9.30pm

Details: Hosted by the Former Chancellor of the Exchequer, Ken Clarke QC MP. A whole host of MPs, Peers and Shadow Cabinet Members will be attending throughout the evening. Lots of wine and nibbles provided. Due to the size of the room, tickets are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Tickets: £10pp (includes STRG membership), £5pp (Student TRG members).

Contact: trg[AT] for tickets

Networking Event and New Year Celebration

Organisation: Women2Win

Central London location TBC

Time: 6:30 pm

Details: A chance to meet other likeminded women over a glass of wine or two. Members of the Shadow Cabinet and other MPs attend, and it is worth coming along for some valuable advice from them.

Wednesday 31st January

 London South New Year drinks party

London South CF

Slug and Lettuce, Clapham Junction

Time: 7pm

Details: This is a chance for all of the London South members to catch up and make plans for the coming year.  Guests include potential Mayoral candidates, PPCs and some London South MPs

Please RSVP Clare Hilley at: [email protected]


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