Conservative Way Forward

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Conservative Way Forward
Conservative Way Forward (logo).jpg
Motto a forum for all those who share our philosophy, from Parliament to the constituencies and helping in the eventual restoration of people's freedom and rights
Formation 1991; 27 years ago (1991)
Headquarters United Kingdom
Key people
Cecil Parkinson, Eric Forth, Sir Chris Chope, Margaret Thatcher, Chrisee Boyle
Affiliations Conservative Party

Conservative Way Forward (CWF) is a British Thatcherite pressure and campaigning group, which is Thatcherite in outlook and agenda, and Baroness Thatcher herself was the founder President.[1]

CWF was founded in 1991 to "defend and build upon the achievements of the Conservative Party under Margaret Thatcher's leadership, and to adapt the principles of her era in government to modern concerns and challenges".

Their core stated aim is "to provide a forum for all those who share our philosophy, from Parliament to the constituencies and helping in the eventual restoration of people's freedom and rights". They organise speaker meetings, seminars and receptions, supported and attended by Government Ministers past and future.[2]

Although still a predominantly Thatcherite grouping, CWF has in recent years, with the decline of the left-leaning Tory Reform Group, become an integral and mainstream part of the Conservative Party; although according to one source CWF is not even affiliated to the party. In all leadership elections since 1997, the candidate supported by CWF has ultimately won.[3]

Margaret Thatcher Library

On 14 April 2013, the group announced that it was setting up a Margaret Thatcher Library as a permanent memorial to the former Prime Minister. The project will be based on the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California, and has the support of several current and former Conservative cabinet members. It is expected to run training courses for young Conservatives and exchange student programmes to the US and elsewhere, as well as house artifacts from her premiership.[4]


Executive director:

Founding President:

Honorary Vice Presidents:

Parliamentary Council


Deputy Chairman:

Council Members

Board of Management



Former Honorary Chairmen:


  1. ^ "Tory quits in 'hidden cuts' row". News. BBC. 25 March 2005. 
  2. ^ Hope, Christopher (2 April 2013). "Former Coalition defence minister takes over Margaret Thatcher legacy group to fight defence cuts". The Daily Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  3. ^ Donal Blaney Retrieved 5 Feb 2016
  4. ^ Hennessy, Patrick (14 April 2013). "Margaret Thatcher: plans to build museum as permanent memorial". The Sunday Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group. 
  5. ^ a b c Grierson, Jamie (19 December 2015). "Two figures at Tory thinktank linked to alleged bullying step down". The Guardian. Guardian Media Group. Retrieved 22 December 2015. 
  6. ^ appointment
  7. ^ "Eric Forth". The Daily Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group. 19 May 2006. 
  8. ^ "Christopher Chope". Members of Parliament. The Conservative Party. 

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