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Dear members and friends of British Conservatives in Paris,
As previously announced, our next speaker event and our AGM will take place together on Wednesday 15th May, from 7pm onwards at St George’s Anglican Church, 7, Rue Auguste Vacquerie, 75016 Paris (metro Kléber or Étoile). It will be followed by supper. If you wish to stay for the latter, the cost is 30€ per head for members and 33€ for non-members.
Our speaker and special guest is Oliver Colvile, Director of Conservatives Abroad (our umbrella organization) and, until 2017, MP for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport. A former Party agent and an MP for seven years, he has great experience of politics and is at the heart of things in Westminster. What he has to say will make very interesting listening. See Oliver Colvile.
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When I recently visited Conservative Campaign Headquarters in London, I found dedicated teams working extremely hard on the council elections (taking place today - 2nd May) as well as the European elections.
The country and the government need our votes and our support. We ourselves need the government and the Party to stand firm against the danger of Labour encroachments and the risk of Mr Corbyn entering Number 10.
Of course, the Party has been seriously divided over a certain question and there has indeed been a degree of popular reaction against the political establishment. Yet this is absolutely not the time to give up on the Conservative cause or indeed on politics in general. Only through our elected representatives in Westminster can we find a way out of the present impasse. I hope that you can continue to support the Party and our association in the times ahead.
The event on the 15th should be an opportunity for us to get together and exchange our views.
I look forward to seeing you again soon,
With my best wishes,
Chairman, British Conservatives in Paris
06 88 81 70 94
PS The Liberal Party of Australia (the Australian sister to our own Party) has set up a French branch of the Australian Liberals Abroad Federation. If you know of any Australians resident in France who might wish to join, please invite them to contact their Vice-President, Mr Peter Hammond, at email@example.com
Dinner with speaker Richard Ashworth MEP at La Bastide Odéon on 23rd April, 2015
See photo(s) on our Facebook page (with thanks to BCiP member George Grosz)
Report by Peter Huggins on Trier visit, 11/13 April, 2014
A small group of BCiP members made a rewarding cultural and political visit to Trier from Friday 11th. April until Palm Sunday, 13th. April This was organised by Peter Huggins who knows Trier well and has contacts with the local CDU members.
On Friday afternoon, we visited the Porta Nigra, one of the most important Roman monuments North of the Alps and very mush the symbol of a city which was the Roman capital in the North and West It is remembered for Constantine the Great and his mother, St. Helena.
In the evening, we were invited to a CDU European election rally in Konz, an agreeable outlying suburb of Trier by Frau Simone Thiel, the dynamic MEP candidate for Trier and the region (Eifel/Mosel/Hunsrueck). She welcomed us warmly, introduced us to other local politicians and a visitor from a Luxembourg sister party, Guy Modert, who also came to give his support. The evening was a great success with discussion of the CDU programme in which we joined Christopher Chantrey notably sought support for votes for Britons living abroad. It was also fun, as witnessed by our photo with Frau Thiel It was pleasant to have Mosel wine served at a political meeting.
On Saturday we had a full programme of visits to Roman sights in Trier, the earliest German city in Germany. This included two major sites of thermal baths, the Roemerbruecke, an important early bridge which still has the original Roman piers and the Konstantin basilica., a huge structure partly re-built but to Roman specifications. We had a glance at Karl Marx’ birthplace and absorbed the atmosphere of the Hauptmarkt with all the oldest monuments in Germany – cathedral, market cross and chemist’s shop which was a 12th. Century monastic dispensary. We then relaxed on a Mosel boat trip.
On Saturday evening, we were invited to Sekt by Herr Artur Friedrich, a local CDU member and industrialist who produces fine ceramic tiles. After German Re-unification, he launched several factories in former East Germany, playing his role in the exciting but difficlult re-integration process.. We then had dinner with Frau Thiel which allowed us wide ranging discussions on European Parliament themes. She is a member of the Parliament secretariat and has a particular interest in working with British MEPs.
On Palm Sunday some of us attended the Solemn High Mass at the cathedral with very beautiful organ and choir music. One brave soul, Alex Carroll, ran a personal marathon round Trier and along the Mosel.
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See photos here on our Facebook page from our speaker dinner with Richard Ashworth MEP on 23rd April, 2015 (with special thanks to BCiP member George Grosz) and our 4th December, 2015 dinner with Lord Balfe.
Report on Trier visit, 11/13 April, 2014
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