This year’s CA conference organised by Heather Harper MBE and the CA management team had record attendance with delegates from around the world.
Speakers at conference included Government Chief Whip in the Lords and former Conservatives Abroad Chairman Lord Taylor of Holbeach, Geoffrey Clifton-Brown MP, Party Vice-Chairman (Finance) Dominic Johnson CBE, former Attorney General Dominic Grieve QC MP, Party CEO Sir Mick Davis, Minister of State for Trade Policy, Greg Hands MP, Parliamentary Undersecretary in the Department for Exiting the European Union, Robin Walker MP, Expat Citizen Rights in EU's Sally Ridley-Day OBE, CCHQ Director of Voter Communication Chris Scott.
Wide-ranging discussions with delegates covered topics including Brexit, Votes for Life, and the interplay between trade, international development policy, and the important role British expats have to play.
The CA delegates then went to 10 Downing Street for tea, during which they met the Prime Minister’s Political Secretary Stephen Parkinson along with his team.
The CA Annual Reception and Dinner at the Carlton Club, which followed the conference, was an excellent evening with Secretary of Defence Sir Michael Fallon and the Premier of the Cayman Islands the Hon Alden McLaughlin. A lively Q&A followed the after-dinner speeches.
Next year's conference and dinner will be held on Thursday 4 October 2018.