Conservative policy forum

What is the CPF?

The CPF gives Members of the Party the opportunity to take part in policy discussions and get their voice heard.

What does CPF do?

The CPF is a national Party Group that gives Members the opportunity to discuss the major policy challenges facing Britain. The CPF is chaired by Oliver Letwin, Minister for Government Policy. CPF groups are active in Constituencies in every Region and Area.

We want to give our members the chance to have a say in the writing of the next manifesto. To this end, we produce nine discussion briefs a year on a number of subjects from ‘Natural Resources’ to ‘Where will growth come from’. Local groups then meet to discuss these topics, and send their response back to Central Office, where the professional team write a summary of the responses received. This is then sent to the relevant Minister for consideration, who responds in due course.

In addition to this we engage with our members though national events, such as the CPF Winter Conference, and our various regional events, which give our members the chance to come together and discuss policy.

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Families for the Union Fri, 24/03/2017 - 13:46 Friday, 24 March, 2017 As we face further calls from the Scottish Nationalist Party for yet another divisive independence referendum, the Secretary of State for International Trade, the Rt Hon Dr Liam Fox MP has called for a "Families for the Union" movement to help unleash an emotional argument in defence of our historic union. "It's not just about the economic case for union; it's not even just the security case for union," he told CPF Members last week. The vast majority of us have parents or grandparents who came from across the nations that constitute the United Kingdom and "we are so much stronger together than we could ever be separate." "As the Prime Minister said this morning, our union is not a union of constitutional laws - it's a union of people, because we have moved and married among ourselves for more than 300 years." The whole of the CPF team was delighted to attend the Conservative Spring Forum in Cardiff last weekend. Our Friday lunchtime fringe event was entitled “What are Conservative Values?” and was extremely well attended. Our Chairman, George Freeman MP recorded a short film to introduce the topic. This was followed by a talk by our special guest, the Rt Hon Liam Fox MP, after which he responded to many questions from the audience. In addition to his belief in the Union, Dr Fox highlighted his belief in Conservative values such as limited government and the rule of law - and how this makes our country so attractive to foreign investors. He also affirmed his belief in a sympathetic but robust welfare system; that defence and security is the first duty of government; in our transatlantic bonds, including NATO; and in meritocracy. The CPF would again like to thank Dr Fox for giving us so much of his time and for his very interesting and insightful talk.  On the Saturday of the Forum, the CPF's Voluntary Director Hannah David addressed the National Convention about the CPF. After explaining the CPF’s current structure and discussion programme, she highlighted how well last year’s national discussion paper on Housing had been received by the Communities Secretary, the Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP and, as the Secretary of State said, how ideas in the Housing White Paper “came about as a direct result of the efforts of the CPF.” Hannah also explained how the CPF had grown, with the number of registered members nearly trebling since Feb 2016. Hannah mentioned that, moving forward, the CPF was looking forward to its events at Party Conference this year and regional conferences in 2018.
Posted: March 24, 2017, 1:46 pm
Adult Social Care Discussion Paper Wed, 01/03/2017 - 12:30 Wednesday, 1 March, 2017 Adult social care is clearly a very timely issue for the CPF to consider: it has been featured several times in the news recently and the subject seemed to be at the top of councillors’ agenda at a recent conference organised by the Conservative Councillors Association. The closing date for responses to this discussion paper is 7 May. We look forward to receiving your responses to this paper, which you may send via the online response form or by completing and returning the response form below to CPF.Papers@conservatives.com. A summary of all responses will be considered by the CPF Chairman, George Freeman MP, who will take the best ideas and suggestions to the PM’s Policy Board and Government Ministers. The next paper will be on Skills and Training for a 21st Century Workforce and will be published after the elections in May. For further details about our plans for 2017, read the Letter from the CPF Chairman that was published in December. Image: CC BY 2.0 WorldSkills UK Attachments Attachment Size Discussion paper (pdf) 603.08 KB Powerpoint presentation 420.5 KB Response form 67.98 KB Discussion paper (MS Word) 136.84 KB
Posted: March 1, 2017, 12:30 pm
Conservative Councillors' Association Conference 2017 Tue, 28/02/2017 - 11:57 Tuesday, 28 February, 2017 The CPF was delighted to attend the Conservative Councillors’ Association Conference last weekend in Scunthorpe. We were delighted to see such interest from councillors in the work that the CPF does and our forthcoming discussion programme. The enthusiasm amongst the attendees at both the CPF stand and in the workshops was clearly evident and the CPF looks forward to seeing more elected members attending CPF discussions throughout the country. Like last year, the CPF workshop was one of the most well attended at the conference. The theme of this year's workshop was Enlightened Local Leadership. The workshop looked at best practice in joining up services to generate revenue and make efficiencies in Local Authorities. The CPF Voluntary Director, Hannah David, chaired a panel with three excellent speakers – Marcus Jones MP, the MP for Nuneaton and surrounding villages; Cllr Mark Hawthorne MBE, the Leader of Gloucestershire County Council and Dan Humphreys, the Leader of Worthing Borough Council. Following a speech from each panellist a lively discussion took place with many “best practice” examples being given for the audience to take away. The CPF would like to thank all the speakers for making the workshops such interesting and thought-provoking events. The CPF was delighted to be part of the conference that welcomed (amongst the excellent speaker line up) the Prime Minister, Theresa May, the Rt Hon Sajid Javid, Gavin Barwell MP, Andrew Percy MP and the Party chairman, Sir Patrick McLoughlin MP. The CPF would like to thank all the organisers for an excellent conference.
Posted: February 28, 2017, 11:57 am
Minister applauds CPF for shaping Government policy Fri, 10/02/2017 - 16:58 Friday, 10 February, 2017 "Invaluable" input on Housing White Paper Through the CPF, Conservative Party members made a real contribution to the Government’s White Paper on housing, published earlier this week. The Communities Secretary Sajid Javid has written to thank the CPF for its input, through our national policy discussion and later roundtable on the subject, acknowledging that some of the ideas in the White Paper "came about as a direct result of the efforts of the CPF." Sajid concludes his letter, which you can read in full via the download link below, “The contributions of the CPF are an invaluable addition to [the] debate … The dedicated work of the CPF and its members is a real asset to us in Government that is greatly appreciated … I look forward to the future contributions the CPF will make as we continue to demonstrate that it is the Conservative Party that is coming up with the answers to the challenges working people in Britain face.” The Prime Minister Theresa May has also sent her support of the CPF, writing, “The CPF plays a key role in ensuring that Party members‎ have the opportunity to help shape Government Policy. We need to make the most of all of the talent that exists within our Party, and harness our members’ enthusiasm.” These remarks highlight how together, through the CPF, members of the Party are directly influencing the policies that shape our lives and communities. Ministers want our input and recognise the benefit of hearing the ideas, experiences and lessons learned by those living and working at the heart of the nation’s diverse communities. Become part of the CPF community. Phone your Association office TODAY to book your place at the next CPF meeting. Make sure you are part of the team influencing our Party's direction. Attachments Attachment Size Letter from Communities Secretary to CPF 1.8 MB
Posted: February 10, 2017, 4:58 pm
South Cambridgeshire CPF Annual Dinner Tue, 07/02/2017 - 10:45 Tuesday, 7 February, 2017 South Cambridgeshire Conservative Association invite you to their Conservative Policy Forum Annual Dinner. Friday 3rd March - 7.30pm for 8.00pm at Bourn Golf and Leisure Club, Toft Road, Bourn, CB23 2TT. Guest Speaker: The Rt. Hon. Robert Halfon MP for Harlow, Minister of State for Higher Education, Skills, Apprenticeships and Careers in the Department of Education. Robert was elected to Parliament in 2010 and served as Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party from 2015-2016. Tickets £27.50 each to include a three course meal, tea or coffee & mints. For further details, please contact Mrs Denise Smith via denise @ sccf.org.uk.
Posted: February 7, 2017, 10:45 am
CPF in Hertsmere Tue, 31/01/2017 - 09:10 Tuesday, 31 January, 2017 The CPF was delighted to attend Hertsmere Conservatives’ “fish and chips” supper event to talk about the importance of influencing policy through the Policy Forum. The event was extremely well attended by new and existing members of the Association and the local MP, Oliver Dowden. The debate covered many aspects of Government policy and in particular the importance of members responding to Government consultations (currently the Industrial Strategy and the forthcoming Housing white paper – links can be found on our website). The CPF is delighted to report that following this extremely successful event, a new CPF group in Hertsmere will now be set up. Many thanks to the organiser, Cllr Seamus Quilty.
Posted: January 31, 2017, 9:10 am
Policy event on Diabetes in South Asians Fri, 27/01/2017 - 11:51 Friday, 27 January, 2017 Diabetes in British South Asians – how do we turn around this silent epidemic? The CPF was delighted to join with Conservative Friends of India and Conservative Health in Manchester on 13th February. The event was extremely well attended by politicians, professional and medical experts and members of the public. The summary below sets out some of the issues that were highlighted and discussed. The CPF would like to thank our colleagues in CFI and Con Health, together with all the speakers and attendees for an important and informative event. The CPF would also like to encourage its members to get in contact with the CPF (through the usual channels) if it would be interested in holding a similar event on a specific issue. On Friday 13 January, Conservative Friends of India partnered with the Conservative Policy Forum and Conservative Health to bring to Manchester a panel of experts on the topic of Diabetes in the South Asian population. The South Asian population may not be aware that they are up to 6 times more likely to contract diabetes than non-South Asian Brits. The speakers spoke about how many people are fooled by their BMI, and how doctors should consider screening for diabetes in South Asians from the age of 25, due to their higher risk. There were many factors implicated, including diet.  Local community engagement and education were highlighted as priorities going forwards. These points, and many others, were made by the panel of experts: Dr Winston Crasto, South Asian Health Foundation; Dr Zubair Ahmad, GP Principal, Trainer & Diabetic lead; and Dr Mahendra Patel, Board Member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and CEO of the South Asian Health Foundation. The event was chaired by Dr Ben Spencer of Conservative Health. David Mowat MP, Minister of Community Health and Care at the Department of Health and Graham Brady MP, Chair of the 1922 Committee, also spoke at the event about the importance of the subject, and took in the comments by experts and questions from the audience. David Mowat, after the event, said: “I very much enjoyed the event, as well as the chance to listen to and contribute to the subject of diabetes in the South Asian community.” Shailesh Vara MP, Co-Chairman of Conservative Friends of India, said: “This is an extremely important topic for the South Asian population and I am pleased that members of the Government, medical experts and members of the public are coming together to learn, think and explore options about how we can contain and eradicate this silent epidemic.”
Posted: January 27, 2017, 11:51 am
Visit to Broadland CPF Fri, 20/01/2017 - 14:12 Friday, 20 January, 2017 The CPF was delighted to be invited to the second meeting of the new CPF group of the Broadland Conservative Association in Norwich. After a report from Hannah, the Q and A session raised some interesting points. In particular the group made suggestions for further discussion topics which will be put forward to the CPF board. Members are encouraged to send through all their suggestions for further discussion topics to the CPF via e mail/the website. Following this session, the Group moved on to discuss three aspects from the Cost of Living discussion paper and the CPF looks forward to receiving details of the points raised. Many thanks to Hal Turkmen for organising this meeting.
Posted: January 20, 2017, 2:12 pm
Yorkshire CPF Conference Mon, 16/01/2017 - 14:28 Monday, 16 January, 2017 Yorkshire CPF will be holding its annual conference on Saturday 4th February 2017 at Weetwood Hall, Otley Road, Leeds LS16 5PS. The conference will be an interactive day with a Speakers' Corner, Dragons Den, keynote speakers and networking. Confirmed speakers include: Amjad Bashir MEP, Stuart Andrew MP, Charles Heslop OBE, Callum Heaton, Spencer Pitfield OBE, Andrew Allison, Nicky Morgan MP, Stephen Baines MBE, Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, Councillor Ryan Stephenson, Alec Shelbrooke MP and Graham Brady MP. For further details and information about tickets, see yorkshirecpf.com/agenda/
Posted: January 16, 2017, 2:28 pm
Cost of Living Discussion Paper Tue, 03/01/2017 - 16:26 Tuesday, 3 January, 2017 It is our pleasure to start the new year with the publication of a new discussion paper, on the cost of living. There are six main sections to this cost of living paper plus an extra one to help members in devolved areas to consider any additional impact on them. Groups may choose to focus on certain sections, rather than attempt to respond to them all. The closing date for this brief is 28 February. We look forward to receiving your responses to this paper through our online response form or via CPF.Papers@conservatives.com in due course. A summary of all responses will be considered by the CPF Chairman, George Freeman MP, who will take the best ideas and suggestions to the PM’s Policy Board and Government Ministers. The next paper will be on Adult Social Care and will be published at the start of March. Image: CC BY-SA 3.0 NY Attachments Attachment Size CPF 17-1 Response - YourGroupName.docx 69.8 KB CPF Briefing 17-1 Cost of Living.ppt 689.5 KB CPF Brief 17-1 Cost of Living.pdf 611.46 KB
Posted: January 3, 2017, 4:26 pm
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