The Conservative life peer the Rt Hon Lord Balfe dined with British Conservatives in Paris (BCiP) last week.
He has an interesting background having been a Labour Party Member of the European Parliament (MEP) from 1979, joining the Conservative Party in 2002. In 2008 he was appointed Trade Union Envoy by David Cameron with a peerage following in 2013, taking the title Baron Balfe of Dulwich.
Highlights of his talk included the importance of being self reliant and not dependent on the state, the Conservative and Liberal background work to the creation of the NHS, the need for reform to inheritance taxes and the need for team work in Government.
Raf Pittman, Conservatives Abroad Coordinator for France, thanked Lord Balfe for his insights and brought members up to date with the secondary legislation on Votes for Life scheduled to be in place by the end of January 2024. Finally thanks were given to Jeremy Stubbs, Paris Chairman, and the BCIP committee.