On Tuesday BUCF were lucky enough to meet the greatest living Prime Minister and by far the greatest since Winston Churchill. I am of course talking of Margaret Thatcher, she was guest of honour at the Conservative Way Forward Summer Reception and BUCF were there, enjoying a private audience with the Iron Lady herself. Although frail; Lady Thatcher has still got it, attracting a huge crowd of strong supporters who greeted the Baroness with such devotion that I have never seen before towards a politician. Among the crowd were veterans of the Party and a surprising number of the younger generation emphasising the support Thatcherism and the Conservative Party has with people our age. The number of young people at the event shocked even the great Lady herself whose first comment was “Gosh they’re all so young”.
The CWF summer reception was attended by a number of other Party greats such as Lord Ashcroft; a man who has done so much for our Party and definitely does not get the thanks he deserves. This was most definitely an enjoyable event and a fantastic opportunity for BUCF to make its presence known to some of the Party’s giants. So far the new committee has already been lucky enough to obtain tickets to see Ann Widdecombe, an invitation for drinks at Parliament and thanks to the help of BUCF’s most successful President (present incumbent excluded) a private audience with the Iron Lady. With Conference coming to Birmingham in October this year is only going to get better for BUCF and we look forward to the continued support of our members and patrons within the Party.
Under a Coalition Government (one which in the circumstances I believe is necessary for the good of the country) it is important that groups such as the CWF continue to grow, to ensure that the Conservative ideals that we believe in are not diluted or forgotten!