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The Young Britons' Foundation (YBF) is a British not-for-profit training, education and research think-tank, established in July 2003 to "help train tomorrow's centre-right leaders and activists today". It promotes young conservatives and classical liberals.[1] Its Chief Executive is Donal Blaney, a former leader of Conservative Future,[2] and its Chairman is Patrick Nicholls, former Conservative MP for Teignbridge. Blaney has described the YBF as "a Conservative madrasa" that radicalises young Tories.[3] YBF has strong links with "the American neo-conservative movement",[2] and partnerships with American rightwing thinktanks and foundations.[2]

The YBF enjoys close links with the Conservative Party; The Guardian reported in 2010 that there was "an informal understanding that the YBF is the main provider of training for young Conservative activists."[2] in 2010, Conservative Party Chairman Eric Pickles, Shadow Home Minister Andrew Rosindell and Shadow Defence Secretary Liam Fox spoke at the annual YBF Parliamentary Rally at the House of Commons.[3] In 2010, it was reported that YBF claims to have trained 2,500 Conservative party activists.[3] At least 11 Conservative parliamentary candidates in the 2010 general election have been delegates or speakers at YBF courses.[2]

The foundation was launched in September 2003 at a conference of the Young America's Foundation in Washington, D.C., and it has said that it aims to "import American political techniques into the UK". The foundation has declared an intention to expose "left-wing bias" in Britain's universities.[4][1] During the 2008 presidential election, YBF sent a delegation of activists to campaign in the United States for John McCain.[5] In 2010 YBF's executive director addressed the US Conservative Political Action Conference "warning of the dangers of socialism".[6]

The foundation was originally based in Regent Street, London, leading some Conservatives to question its funding. The foundation says its funding comes solely from UK private donations.[4] Frederick Forsyth is a patron of YBF.[7]

As of March 2010, YBF's "advisory board" includes Matthew Elliott, founder of the UK TaxPayers' Alliance, and representatives of the Heritage Foundation (a US conservative thinktank), US Competitive Enterprise Institute and American Conservative Union (a US conservative lobbying organisation). It also includes the founder of the US Leadership Institute, the President of the US Jesse Helms Center, the President of the Young America's Foundation, the co-founder of the US Henry Jackson Society and a former Executive Director of the Collegiate Network. British representatives include the Treasurer of Conservative Way Forward, Professor Patrick Minford, blogger Iain Dale and two local councillors.[8]


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