Conservative Policy Forum (CPF)

Our National Chairman is John Penrose, MP for Weston-super-Mare. 
A successful businessman before he entered politics, John has held a variety of posts in Parliament, including PPS to former CPF Chairman Oliver Letwin, Shadow Business Minister, Tourism & Heritage Minister, Government Whip Constitution Minister and Theresa May’s Anti-Corruption Champion.

Events:  Please Save the Date                                         

CPF Annual Dinner 2020

  • DATE: - Being arranged to accommodate the Speaker
  • LOCATION: - Being arranged to accommodate the Speaker
  • SPEAKER - Anthony Browne MP

 CPF in South Cambs:

The Conservative Political Forum is a discussion group which receives briefing papers from Central Office on key policy issues together with guidance on areas for discussion and comment. 
Recent subjects have included:

  • Input for the Party’s Manifesto
  • The Post Brexit Economy
  • Sustaining Our Democracy
  • Disability and Inclusion
  • Global Britain
  • The Digital Age
  • Environment and Climate Change

Our 2020 policy consultation paper timescales:

20 Jan – 1 Mar  :- Queen’s Speech

17 Feb – 29 Mar  :- Policing

11 May – 12 Jul  :- The Environment and Animal Welfare

Our local discussion on 4th June details are here; its discussion paper is here.

CPF Central also have a CPF Question Time on Environment and Animal Welfare too – Tuesday, 9th June from 6.00 to 7.00 pm.

CPF Director, Anna Firth, is joined by three leading political figures to debate the questions posed in the CPFs latest paper on the Environment and Animal Welfare, and answer live questions posed by CPF members. 

The panellists for this event will be:

Theresa Villiers MP, Former Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Sir Roger Gale MP for North Thanet.

Sam Hall, Chief Executive Officer of the Conservative Environment Network.

 One will need to advise interest in joining the discussion and/or submitting a question.  This would be via  -  Policy Papers section.


13 Jul – 13 Sep  :- Infrastructure, investment and Devolution

14 Sep – 25 Oct   :- Workers and Families

26 Oct – 13 Dec   :- Public Services

4 Jan  – 14 Feb 2021   :- The Union and Constitution

15 Feb  – 28 Mar 2021  :- The Justice System


2019 CPF for South Cambs Annual Dinner – we had the pleasure of Mr George Freeman as our Speaker at the 2019 Annual Dinner; he was indeed entertaining, lively and thought provoking – a superb evening.   Mr Freeman is now Minister of State at the Department for Transport with a portfolio to drive UK Transport Tech and Innovation into the 21st Century.  He had been the CPF National Chairman.

Also in 2019 we held our Summer Solstice lunch – held very kindly at the home of Dr Ian and Mrs Dorothy Calder.  It was a superb occasion and we thoroughly enjoyed  the wit and plain-speaking of our guest speaker, Mrs Allison Pearson.  Allison is a renowned author and columnist with The Daily Telegraph.

Recent CPF Discussions at Conference included

  • reforms of inheritance tax, business rates and stamp duty in ways that would benefit "the many, not the few". The proposal that won the support of an overwhelming majority of the hundreds who attended was one in support of volunteering, i.e. after three years' consistent volunteering, in roles such as a magistrate or NHS carer, volunteers should receive a small but significant tax break of a few hundred pounds for every year that they remain in their role in the future
  • to examine a reduction in tuition fees for young people who spend a year volunteering full time before or after university

Remember you can get in touch any time by contacting:

CPF Chairman Linda






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