On Thursday 26 July 2012 members of the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut Conservatives (the "Tri-State Tories") met Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons and Member of Parliament for Ribble Valley, Nigel Evans, in New York.
Chairman of Conservatives Abroad, Heather Harper held discussions with Lord Lexden at the House of Lords on the day of the debate, 24 July 2012, Lord Lexden said:
" the committee stage of the Bill in the autumn will be crucial. There will need to be full consultation with Conservatives Abroad. I will want to be sure that all the points they want to be made are included in the comments that I make on the amendments I will be moving which will propose formally that the 15-year limit should be abolished"
Lord Lexden will be speaking at the Conservatives Abroad Conference on October 11 2012
Update on House of Lords debate on electorial reform, 24th July 2012.
The second reading of the Electoral Registration and Administration Bill is being debated in the House of Lords next week.
The Macmillan Club – a.k.a. the Cape Conservatives – kicked off the Southern Hemisphere Summer Season with two remarkable speakers.
Chairman, Caroline Abel Smith OBE, welcomed over 60 delegates from 18 countries to London and excellent, stimulating addresses were given by the Rt Hon Dominic Grieve QC MP, Attorney General, Geoffrey Clifton-Brown MP, Chairman of the International Office, the Rt Hon the Lord Howell of Guildford, Minister of State at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Dr Syed Kamall MEP London Region, Darren Mott, Deputy Director of Campaigning and Stuart Hand, Deputy Director Best Practice. All speakers generated numerous questions from delegates.
Rt. Hon. The Lord Hurd of Westwell addressed members of the Mallorca Branch of Conservatives Abroad on Friday 17th June at the Santa Ponsa Golf Club. He was accompanied by Edward Young from CCHQ who collaborated with him on his book ‘Choose Your Weapons’. They are photographed with Gay Niblett the Branch Chairman and Ian Main, the Treasurer earlier in the evening.
Leandro Busto, chairman of the Madrid Branch of Conservatives Abroad with the Rt. Hon. The Baroness Thatcher at her home in London following the award of the 2010 Prize for Freedom presented by ex President Aznar, in his capacity as president of the Spanish right wing think tank, FAES on Wednesday 15th June 2011.
Commentator, broadcaster, writer, blogger, candidate, activist – it’s hard to ignore the insightful and prolific Iain Dale, one of Britain’s leading Conservatives outside Parliament. During his recent three week visit to Australia, the local media certainly didn’t ignore him either.
Lord Lexden’s speech provided the basis for a lively discussion of constitutional and other issues raised by members of the Association.