Tory Thought

Gavin Barwell: Immigrants are natural Conservatives – and we need them on side

Gavin Barwell: Immigrants are natural Conservatives – and we need them on side

Recently promoted in the cabinet reshuffle, Gavin Barwell is the model homegrown activist MP but, with a majority of less than 3,000 in Croydon Central, he tells Paul Nizinskyj he is far from complacent about next year’s election – and how ethnic minority voters will be key. Gavin Barwell is passionate about Croydon. In fact, it’s probably not an exaggeration […]

by · 3rd August 2014 · Tory Thought, Interviews
Toby Young: UKIP strike a chord – but they’re not serious

Toby Young: UKIP strike a chord – but they’re not serious

With free schools already coming under attack even from within the Coalition, Toby Young speaks to Paul Nizinskyj about why the European Court of Human Rights is on their side, why PGCEs are a waste of time and why he’s going off UKIP. With the venom they elicit from the left and the suspicion (or is that opportunism?) they engender within the breasts of […]

by · 6th July 2014 · Tory Thought, Interviews
Charles Tannock – Iraq is a domestic issue

Charles Tannock – Iraq is a domestic issue

This week, Dr Charles Tannock MEP will be meeting the European Union’s representative in Baghdad to discuss the civil war taking place in Iraq and the Union’s response. However, while he will do so as a member of the European Parliament’s foreign affairs committee, he makes it clear there is also a dangerous domestic angle to the conflict. “It’s no […]

by · 22nd June 2014 · Tory Thought, Interviews
Hannan: UKIP will cost us a majority

Hannan: UKIP will cost us a majority

After successfully defending Newark and seeing a better than expected result in the European Parliament elections, Conservative activists have every reason to be optimistic about the prospects of a majority in 2015 as they hit the doorsteps over the next 11 months. But with UKIP riding high in the polls, Daniel Hannan is a little more sceptical. It’s difficult to […]

by · 8th June 2014 · Tory Thought, Interviews
Martin Callanan for UK Commissioner

Martin Callanan for UK Commissioner

One of the Conservative Party’s most loyal stalwarts is the former Member of the European Parliament for the North East of England and Tyneside councillor, Martin Callanan. He’s been the leader of the Conservatives in the European Parliament and latterly was the respected and largely successful President of the European Conservatives & Reformists Group (ECR). Before last week, he won […]

Eton mess to bread and butter pudding: A Tory future

Eton mess to bread and butter pudding: A Tory future

The local election results have been met with quiet grumbles from rank and file Conservative Party members, in a result made half-bearable by oddball Ed Miliband’s miserable performance at the ballot box. However the fact remains that Labour made serious and damaging gains into some key Tory bastions including London Boroughs such as Hammersmith and Fulham and my own stomping ground of Croydon. […]

by · 25th May 2014 · Tory Thought
Nigel Adams: King Coal isn’t dead

Nigel Adams: King Coal isn’t dead

Selby & Ainsty MP Nigel Adams talks to Paul Nizinskyj about falling unemployment, Nigel Farage’s real motives and why coal should make a comeback. There are an abundance of myths about Britain’s coal industry, most of which have about as much credibility as the Iroquois myth that North America grew out of the back of a giant turtle. One of […]

by · 6th April 2014 · Tory Thought, Interviews
John Redwood: There is only grey

John Redwood: There is only grey

Ahead of our panel event on public service reform on Tuesday, Paul Nizinskyj speaks to John Redwood MP about the tangled web of public and private delivery in the UK, why fuel bills are high and that EU referendum. You never get a straight answer with John Redwood. It isn’t because he’s evasive or pushing a line or bound by […]

by · 30th March 2014 · Tory Thought, Interviews
‘Rising Tides: Facing the Challenges of a New Era’ with Dr Liam Fox

‘Rising Tides: Facing the Challenges of a New Era’ with Dr Liam Fox

By Caitlin Boydon-Jones On Wednesday evening, Parliament Street was joined by Former Secretary of State for Defence, and Member of Parliament for North Somerset Liam Fox, to discuss his new book Rising Tides; facing the challenges of a new era. Fox delivered a speech covering the topic of Globalisation and the challenges it brings, to a packed out room of […]

Margaret Thatcher’s funeral: a view from Ludgate Circus

Margaret Thatcher’s funeral: a view from Ludgate Circus

On 17 April 2013, Margaret Thatcher’s funeral took place at St Paul’s Cathedral, London. I was among the crowds at Ludgate Circus.
Margaret Thatcher's coffin passes through Ludgate Circus

by · 20th April 2013 · Tory Thought