Conservative Intelligence

Conservative Intelligence

This site is currently down for maintenance and should be back soon.

Events in Pictures

During Party Conferences, before major election campaigns, alongside key announcements and specialist conferences (policy-focused), ConservativeIntelligence have hosted various events.  Here is just a selection of photos from some of those events.

Autumn Party Conference Manchester Oct 2011

We had our biggest ever programme at Manchester this year with guests and speakers including George Osborne, Boris Johnson, William Hague, Philip Hammond, Andrew Lansley, Iain Duncan Smith to name but a few.

View the event gallery

The Coalition’s overview on Foreign, Security and Development Policies Event June 2011

Rt Hon Dr Liam Fox and Rt Hon Andrew Mitchell were our two key note speakers at this event, followed by a Q&A Panel with John Baron MP – Member of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee, Justin Forsyth – Chief Executive of Save the Children, Bernard Jenkin MP, former Shadow Defence Secretary and David Rennie, Political Editor of The Economist and former Brussels and Beijing correspondent.

View the event gallery

Martin Callanan Event March 2011

Martin Callanan, leader of the Conservatives in the European Parliament, together with Jan Zahradil, the Czech MEP who was elected leader of the European Conservatives and Reformists Group.

View the Martin Callanan event gallery

Going for Growth Conference Feb 2011

Guest speakers at our Going for Growth Conference included: David Willetts MP, John Redwood MP, David Gauke MP.  Our Q&A Panel speakers were: Alistair Tebbit, from the Institute of Directors; Mark Littlewood, Director General of the Institute of Economic Affairs and former Head of Media for the Liberal Democrats; Iain Martin, Deputy Editor of the Wall Street Journal Europe and Nadhim Zahawi MP, Former CEO of YouGov and Conservative Member of the House of Commons Select Committee on Business.

View the Going for Growth Conference gallery

Autumn Party Conference Oct 2010

Various fringe events were held in Birmingham last year at the Party Conference, including a rally for Boris Johnson, sponsored by The Canary Wharf Group. Other events included a joint drinks reception with The European Azerbaijan Society with Eric Pickles as the guest speaker and a joint drinks reception with Save the Children with Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith as the guest speaker.

View the Autumn Party Conference gallery

From the Conservative Intelligence member's site

Miliband’s Threat To Outside Earnings May Drive Tory Mps Over The Edge

Conservative MPs are capable of a wide range of emotions, encompassing the normal human set and then a few extras thrown in. Pride, injured pride, confidence, optimism, crushing depression, panic, fury, resentment, contentment, ambition, resignation, triumph and a host of others are within their repertoire. Even at the best of times, a healthy parliamentary party […]

Cameron Woos Mrs Rochester

“There’s no stunts or backroom deals, just a strong local candidate you can trust.” So wrote David Cameron in a letter sent this week to every voter in Rochester and Strood, where the next UKIP-engineered by-election is to take place towards the end of November.  At the end of it, he made the point again […]

To Respond To Defeat In Clacton, The Tories Will Need A Tougher Immigration Policy

Everyone expected the UKIP candidate, Douglas Carswell, to win in Clacton, but few people thought he would win by the enormous margin of 12,404 votes. An exceptionally rude kick has been administered to David Cameron. It is not much consolation for the Conservatives that a scarcely less rude kick has been administered to Ed Miliband […]

The Tories Leave Birmingham With A New-Found Confidence

No-one knew quite what to expect when the Conservative family gathered in Birmingham on Sunday. Mark Reckless had just delivered the second UKIP defection blow in as many months, and Brooks Newmark’s indiscretions were causing embarrassment (though less existential questions for the party). If anything, observers might have expected a depressed conference mood. Instead, though, […]

21 People To Watch As Next Week’s Conservative Conference Looms

1. Those two MP defectors to UKIP – if, of course, they exist at all.  If so, they will presumably turn up on Saturday evening.  If they don’t, the media will treat this as a further sign that the Party isn’t grown-up, since it talked but didn’t deliver.   2. George Osborne. The Conservative election […]

Will Cameron Go Fast And Slow On Devolution All-Around?

The Prime Minister announced this morning that more devolution for Scotland and reform elsewhere – specifically, action on English votes for English laws – will take place “in tandem” and “at the same pace”.  Draft legislation will be “published by January”. His statement opens up two possible outcomes. The first is that he pushes for […]

Whatever The Result, The Scottish Referendum Has Killed Blair’s Devolution Settlement

The Scottish referendum result is up in the air – polls swing from No to Yes and back again, all within the margin of error. The rush from Westminster to Scotland, not only of the party leaders but of scores of Labour MPs, demonstrates how seriously the prospect of a Yes result is being taken. […]

Two Conservative Scenarios If Scotland Votes Yes

Scenario One: David Cameron does not resign as Prime Minister (or as Conservative leader).  Nor does any member of the Cabinet other than Alistair Carmichael, the Liberal Democrat Scottish Secretary.  The Coalition hangs together.  The Conservative Parliamentary Party rallies round its leader. UKIP’s attempt to provoke an English nationalist backlash comes to nothing.  Perhaps unexpectedly, […]

Cameron’s Ability To Neutralise Opponents Is Brilliantly Illustrated By His Handling Of The New Surveillance Law

David Cameron will always do what the Establishment considers to be prudent.  The Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill, sprung upon the Cabinet on Thursday morning, is a case in point. Cameron has been told by the security services that these powers are needed. He has therefore set out to square Nick Clegg and Ed […]

Why Critical Headlines About Donor Dinners Raise A Smile In Downing Street

In politics, as with so many things, it’s tempting to judge a book by its cover. The personalities, the catchphrases, the emotional and cultural baggage carried by politicians and parties all compete for our attention. They’re important, of course, but they’re only one part of the political process. The showbiz elements often distract people from […]