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Dear members and friends of British Conservatives in Paris,
I hope that your rentrée has been an agreeable one. This year seems to have been exceptionally busy, and it has been more than usually difficult to find dates when a fair number of people are available.
It is nevertheless my pleasure to invite you to a Conservative Policy Forum discussion on Friday 29 September. The subject will be ‘Conservative values’. The subject is a broad but vital one. The fruits of our deliberations will be forwarded to the Party and fed into the central policy-making process. The discussion on the 29th will be led by our Vice-Chairman, Paul Thomson. All those attending the event will have the opportunity to express their views.
The meeting will take place over dinner at 53 Rue Pierre Charron, 75008 Paris, from 7.30pm. Each participant will pay the restaurant directly and individually for any food and drink they consume. I must emphasise how important it is that each one of us notes and pays for what they order, including wine. In the past the association, or I personally, have been left to pick up the bill for ‘unclaimed’ bottles or dishes.
This event is open to members and non-members alike, including our friends in other associations.
If you intend to be present at the event, please let me know by the day before so that I can pass the numbers on to the restaurant.
I can also announce our next speaker event, which will be on 18 October. The guest is David Campbell Bannerman, Conservative MEP for the East of England. He is a Leaver, and such is the strength of his Eurosceptic beliefs that for a time he left the Party to join UKIP, before returning. You can learn more about his career here:
In the past, Remainers have shown greater zeal in coming to talk to us. This is therefore a welcome opportunity to hear the opposite case and to quiz one of its most eloquent exponents. I am very grateful to our fellow member, Evelyne Joslain, for establishing personal contact with Mr Campbell Bannerman. Indeed, I would invite members who are able to make personal contact with Conservative politicians, or with suitable politicians in France, to get in touch with me with a view to organising a speaker event.
The venue and other details will be confirmed nearer the time.
I also hope that we shall be able to organise a trip to Rouen with a guided tour in the course of the month of October.
In recent times a satirical video, purporting to be a promotional film by a young Conservative group in the 1980s, has ‘gone viral’, as the expression has it. Many in the general public have assumed it to be authentic. You may wish to view it and judge for yourself whether any real Conservative values are enshrined in it, however obscurely:
Very soon some of us shall have the opportunity to attend the Conservatives Abroad conference in London on the 5th October and possibly even the Party Conference just before. We hope that these events will be an occasion for reasserting Party unity. The alternative to a sustainable Conservative government is too terrible to contemplate.*
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I look forward to seeing you very soon.
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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.
2017 Programme of Events
Sept 29 - Conservative Policy Forum discussion and dinner at La Belle Ferronnière restaurant.
Oct 5 - Annual Conservatives Abroad Conference, London
Oct 18 - Speaker dinner with David Campbell Bannerman, Conservative MEP for the East of England.
Oct/Nov (tba) - Walking tour of Rouen with Michael Barker.
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In planning - Launch of Coningsby Circle. (see the attached PDF)
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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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