April Networking Reception

Cavendish Advocacy has offered to sponsor a networking reception from 6.30-8.30pm on Tuesday, April 19. Paul Holmes MP will welcome the former Times journalist and the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities, the Rt Hon. Michael Gove MP, to say a few brief words. The central London venue will be confirmed in due course. Details will be released to supporters on February 4, 2022.

Spring Networking Reception

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MHP Mischief kindly sponsored our Spring Networking Reception. Lord Black welcomed former Hill+Knowlton PR man and Chairman of the Conservative party, the Rt Hon. Oliver Dowden CBE MP, to say a few brief words. MHP Mischief’s Nick Hoile chaired a supporter Q&A.

Wednesday, March 30, 2022
The British Academy

Conservative Party Conference 2021

Welcome to Manchester Midnight Reception

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Networking drinks for supporters. Sponsored by Thakeham, non-alcohol drinks donated by SunMark and photography provided by do Different. Was invitation only. Among those who attended our midnight reception were MPs Alicia Kearns, Chris Loder, Conor Burns, Damian Collins, Damian Green, Jacob Young, Kieran Mullan, Lia Nici, Matt Vickers, Paul Bristow, Paul Holmes, Paul Scully, Ranil Jayawardena, Richard Holden, Stephen Hammond and Stuart Andrew as well as previous parliamentary candidate Peter Fleet. 

  • Sunday, October 3, 2021
  • 11.00pm-12.30am
  • Trafford Room in The Midland Hotel

Defining a New Middle Britain: The Priorities of Red & Blue Wall Voters

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Light lunch, panel discussion and interactive audience Q&A. Kindly sponsored by Kekst CNC. Where does the Conservative party go now? This session presented new focus group research from key constituencies in the Red and Blue Wall, with the panel discussing what they meant for the future direction of the Party and its policies. The speakers were:

  • Sascha O’Sullivan, Comment & Features Editor at City A.M. (moderator);
  • Lia Nici, MP for Great Grimsby;
  • Sir Robbie Gibb, former Director of Communications at No.10 Downing Street;
  • James Johnson, former Senior Opinion Research & Strategy Adviser at No.10 Downing Street; and
  • David Skelton, author of The New Snobbery and Little Platoons.
  • Tuesday, October 5, 2021
  • 1.00-2.30pm
  • Charter 3, Manchester Central

The Spectator covered Stuart Andrew’s remarks while London Playbook from POLITICO described our fringe as “the best and most unique event on public opinion at conference” and BBC Radio 4 (48:23-54:03) broadcast a nice summary in case you missed the session.

Meet the Lobby Series

Chair of Conservatives in Communications, Katie Perrior, spoke with Financial Times Chief Political Correspondent, Jim Pickard, at our first ‘Meet the Lobby’ virtual event.

He talked about the role of a lobby journalist, what it involves and the interactions that take place between ministers, special advisers and civil servants to put his stories to bed each day. 

Supporters heard from the man himself as to what PR tricks really make him mad, how the FT structures its day and the coverage that it produces, and how best to get their case across to very busy journalists working ridiculously tight deadlines. 

  • Tuesday, June 22, 2021
  • 6.00-7.00pm
  • Online event

CiC-Start Your Career in Communications

This event was aimed at our young supporters and others under 34 who are interested in a career in communications (PR, public affairs, policy-making, digital, marketing, events, publishing, journalism and advertising). This included those who are starting out as well as those looking to make a switch.

Our Chair, Katie Perrior, will got things underway with a panel discussion. Panellists included Paul Holmes MP, Anita Boateng, Kulveer Ranger and Alec Zetter.

Political Breakout: Paul Holmes MP and Samantha Magnus-Stoll (former SpAd and Associate Director, Hanover).

Agency Breakout: Anita Boateng (Senior Director, FTI Consulting) and Naomi Harris (Director, WA Communications).

In-House Breakout: Kulveer Ranger (Global Head, Strategy & Communications, Atos) and Aisha Cuthbert (Head of Corporate Communications, One Housing).

  • Wednesday, February 10, 2021
  • 6.00-7.00pm
  • Online event

Being a Councillor Seminar

Are you interested in being an elected councillor? We invited supporters as well as connections of our patrons to hear from and put questions to three Conservative councillors who all work full-time: Cllr Oliver Cooper (Camden), Leader of the Conservative Group; Cllr Sarah Wardle (Barnet), Vice-Chairman of the Housing & Growth Committee; and Cllr Aisha Cuthbert (Bromley), Executive Assistant to the Leader. Chaired by Adam Honeysett-Watts. Kindly sponsored by do Different.

  • Thursday, December 10, 2020
  • 7.00-8.00pm
  • Online event

Summer Reception – POSTPONED

Kindly sponsored by Cicero/AMO.

  • Wednesday, July 1, 2020
  • 6.00-8.00pm
  • 3 Pancras Square, London

Spring Reception

We invited supporters to our spring drinks and networking reception, outside the Westminster bubble. The event included a discussion – chaired by Katie Perrior – on lessons learned from the 2019 campaign, featuring guest speakers:

  • Sir Robbie Gibb, Senior Advisor at Kekst CNC and former Director of Communications at No.10 Downing Street;
  • Matthew Goodwin, Professor of Politics at Rutherford College, University of Kent and Senior Visiting Fellow at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House; and
  • Paul Goodman, Editor of ConservativeHome.com.

Kindly sponsored by Kekst CNC.

  • Wednesday, February 12, 2020
  • 6.00-8.00pm
  • 40 Chancery Lane, London

Communications Calling

We invited supporters to call on behalf of candidates Paul Holmes for Eastleigh and Theo Clarke for Stafford. Former Deputy Prime Minister, The Rt Hon Damian Green MP, was also in attendance.

  • Wednesday, November 27, 2019
  • 6.00-8.00pm
  • 30 Millbank, London

Autumn Reception

We invited supporters to our autumn drinks and networking reception. One of our patrons, Kulveer Ranger, hosted a Q&A with The Rt Hon Priti Patel MP, Home Secretary. Kindly sponsored by Built Environment Communications Group (BECG).

  • Wednesday, October 23, 2019
  • 6.00-8.00pm
  • 34 Smith Square, London

Relaunch Event

We invited supporters to our relaunch. One of our patrons, Lord Black of Brentwood, hosted a Q&A with our chair Katie Perrior. Kindly sponsored by Ellwood Atfield.

  • Wednesday, May 8, 2019
  • 6.00-8.00pm
  • 34 Smith Square, London