Tory Thought

Brexiteers beware: May’s election timing points towards an era of transitional agreements

Brexiteers beware: May’s election timing points towards an era of transitional agreements

By Tim Focas Former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau once said that the “essential ingredient of politics is timing”. With less than 24 months to go until Britain official exits from Brussels, one can’t help but feel that the Prime Minister’s snap election is underpinned by her desire to buy herself more time to renegotiate Britain’s new trading relationship with […]

by · 23rd April 2017 · Tory Thought
This election is all about leadership

This election is all about leadership

By Jack Emsley  For the nine months of Theresa May’s Premiership, her opponents have focused on something of a theme; they’ve called her unelected, said she has no mandate, and argue that she cannot command the confidence of the country as she’s never asked for it. They argue that she cannot bring the United Kingdom out of the single market, […]

by · 21st April 2017 · Tory Thought
Why May was right to call for a snap election

Why May was right to call for a snap election

By James Hutton The odd formality of the House of Commons voting to dissolve itself passed today, with 522 votes for and 13 against. It was an unexpected call from the Prime Minister, given her previous opposition to it—but also the right one. Britain negotiating her departure from the European Union will be difficult. Some aspects of the negotiations may […]

by · 19th April 2017 · Tory Thought
The Big Interview: Michael McManus

The Big Interview: Michael McManus

Parliament Street’s Henry Hill met up with Michael McManus (biographer of Edward Heath) to discuss Heath’s policies in light of the referendum result. Michael McManus served as Heath’s Private Secretary in the Nineties, but left after clashing with the former-PM over attitudes towards the EU.   Hill began the interview by asking McManus why Edward Heath had been so hesitant […]

by · 29th March 2017 · Tory Thought, Podcast
SOLUTION REPORT – Free Schools for a Free Society

SOLUTION REPORT – Free Schools for a Free Society

A new report, prepared for Parliament Street by Tom Burkard and Colin McKenzie. In England, good teachers are leaving the profession at the same time that school rolls are increasing.  Even good schools often have difficulty filling vacancies.  Workload and poor discipline have made teaching a highly stressful occupation—and school improvement programmes can add substantially to workload.  The problem is […]

by · 8th February 2017 · Tory Thought, Education, Research
Sunday 29th September 2013 – Conservative Party Conference Reception with the Rt. Hon. Eric Pickles MP

Sunday 29th September 2013 – Conservative Party Conference Reception with the Rt. Hon. Eric Pickles MP

On Sunday 29th September 2013, Parliament Street held its Annual Conservative Party Reception at the Petersfield Suite in the Midland Hotel between 19.30-21.00. The evening reception was packed despite upgrading to a significantly larger venue compared to last year, with long queues through the Midland Hotel before the doors even opened. The guest of honour was the Secretary of State […]

Monday 29th September 2014 – The Future of International Aid with the Rt. Hon. Andrew Mitchell MP

Monday 29th September 2014 – The Future of International Aid with the Rt. Hon. Andrew Mitchell MP

On Monday 29th September, Parliament Street held a Conservative Party Conference fringe event with the Rt. Hon. Andrew Mitchell MP, former Secretary of State for International Development. The event took place between 5.30-7pm in Room 7 of the ICC in Birmingham with just over 40 people in attendance. Andrew spoke for about half an hour about all he had learnt […]

Tuesday 6th October 2015 – Conference Drinks and Karaoke

Tuesday 6th October 2015 – Conference Drinks and Karaoke

On Tuesday 6th October 2015, Parliament Street held it’s Annual Conference Drinks and this year, added Karaoke to the mix. The event, which took place in the spacious Victoria Suite of the Midland Hotel, lasted over 3 and half hours with over 300 people in attendance. Speakers for the evening included the Rt. Hon. Dr. Liam Fox MP who kicked off […]

Tuesday 29th November 2016 – The Big Brexit Debate: Parliament Street vs. Liberal Youth

Tuesday 29th November 2016 – The Big Brexit Debate: Parliament Street vs. Liberal Youth

 On Tuesday 29th November 2016, Debating London hosted a debate between Parliament Street and Liberal Youth at the Tea House Theatre in Vauxhall. Patrick Sullivan represented Parliament Street and Freddie Fisher represented Liberal Youth. Both were joined by a representative of Debating London. The issue being debated were:- 1) Should Parliament be given a vote on triggering Article 50? Parliament […]

Monday 28th November 2016 – Third Annual Lecture with Prof. Tim Bale

Monday 28th November 2016 – Third Annual Lecture with Prof. Tim Bale

On Monday 28th November 2016, Parliament Street welcomed Professor Tim Bale of Queen Mary University of London, to Committee Room in the House of Commons as the keynote speaker for our annual lecture. He is also the author of  The Conservative Party: From Thatcher to Cameron and Five Year Mission: The Labour Party Under Ed Miliband The topic of the talk was […]