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Conservative Friends of Turkey (CFT) is a group associated with the British Conservative Party[1]. Its fundamental objective is given as promoting links between Turkey and the Conservative Party at all levels, by working with local and national party organisations, business groups and academia. Other aims include fostering enhanced bilateral trade relationships and increasing awareness of the Conservative Party within the Turkish speaking communities in the UK. The group also lobbies in favour of Turkish membership of the EU and highlights Turkey’s importance as an ally of the UK. CFT lists the following activities to achieve these aims: by providing information on Turkey through regular briefings and newsletters; by organising meetings and events in Britain, Turkey and Belgium; and by arranging British parliamentary delegations to Turkey [1].


CFT counts 20 MPs, 2 peers and 3 MEPs among its founders [2]. These include the Mayor of London Boris Johnson, the Shadow Attorney General Dominic Grieve QC MP and the Vice Chairman of the Conservative Party Richard Spring MP.


Recent CFT activities include: the official launch with Shadow Foreign Secretary Rt Hon William Hague MP [2][3], launch of the Brussels branch with Daniel Hannan MEP and Geoffrey Van Orden OBE MEP[4][5], a joint dinner with Cities of London and Westminster Conservative Association[6][7] and a joint reception with Westminster North Conservative Association hosting Shadow Defence Secretary Dr Liam Fox MP[8][9].


CFT started publishing a monthly newsletter in early 2009, an archive of past newsletters can be found on the official website [3].


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