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Conservative Way Forward (CWF) is a campaigning group within the British Conservative Party. It is a Thatcherite group in outlook and agenda, and Lady Thatcher herself is the President.

CWF was founded in 1991 to "defend and build upon the achievements of the Conservative Party under Margaret Thatcher’s leadership, and to adapt the principles of her era in government to modern concerns and challenges".

Their core stated aim is "to provide a forum for all those who share our philosophy, from Parliament to the constituencies and helping in the eventual restoration of people's freedom and rights". They organise speaker meetings (like their Forthright debate series), seminars and receptions are regular features of their activities, supported and attended by Government Ministers past and future.

Although still a predominantly Thatcherite grouping, CWF has in recent years, with the decline of the left-leaning Tory Reform Group, become an integral and mainstream part of the Conservative Party. In all leadership elections since 1997, CWF has always publicly supported the candidate who ultimately won. During the 2005 leadership election, CWF's famous "Nine Principles" were hailed by David Cameron as the "common ground" of Conservative Party policy-making. The Principles are:

Nationhood Each nation must be free to determine its policies to the benefit of its citizens.

Freedom For responsible individuals, guaranteed by the rule of law administered by and independent judiciary and minimal state activity.

Democracy The exercise of political power, with the consent of the people - through regular elections on the basis of universal suffrage and a secret ballot.

Security The first duty of the state is to provide external and internal defence of the citizenry

Community Defined by geography, tradition, inheritance and sense of identity

Capitalism The most effective system of wealth creation. Free markets are blind to gender, race, class or religion.

Choice For individuals must be maximised - even if the state accepts responsibility for provision of a safety net.

Deregulation Domestic and global - to maximise freedom of choice and individual responsibility in an improved society.

Enterprise Fostered by a low tax, low inflation economy - with currency exchange rates determined by the free market.

It is run by a Board of Trustees and an appointed Executive Committee.

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Officers

  • Chairman: Christopher Chope OBE MP, former Government Minister
  • General Secretary: Mark Allatt
  • Treasurer: Ben Pickering
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The Council

The Executive Committee

  • Karen Allen
  • David Berens
  • Conor Burns
  • James Cutts
  • Jennie Elias
  • Daniel Hamilton
  • Greg Hands, MP for Hammersmith and Fulham
  • Daniel Hinton
  • Chris Kelly
  • Gary Mond
  • Emma Pidding
  • Greg Smith
  • André Walker
  • Russell Walters
  • John Whittingdale OBE MP, Chairman of the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee
  • Mark Worthington OBE

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