Soundbytes: Wednesday 20th May


On this day: 

North Carolina seceded from the Union in 1861:

Daily Thatcherite:

“Nobody would remember the Good Samaritan if he had only good intentions. He had money as well.”

Soundbytes: Tuesday 19th May


On this day:

Napoleon Bonaparte died in 1821. See his death mask in

Daily Reaganite: 

“Government exists to protect us from each other. Where government has gone beyond its limits is in deciding to protect us from ourselves.”

Soundbytes: Good to see the unions back in full swing


On this day: 

in 1928 Mickey Mouse’s first cartoon premiered!

Daily Reaganite: 

“The defense policy of the United States is based on a simple premise: The United States does not start fights. We will never be an aggressor. We maintain our strength in order to deter and defend against aggression — to preserve freedom and peace.”

Soundbytes: Thursday 14th May


On this day:

As clear a message today as this demo in 2000 – Never throw water on a fat fire, it’ll take your face off. 

Daily Thatcherite: 

“We have not successfully rolled back the frontiers of the state in Britain only to see them re-imposed at a European level, with a European superstate exercising a new dominance from Brussels.”

David Cameron’s 2015 cabinet: Meet the ministers in an all Conservative Government

Iain Duncan Smith
Iain Duncan SmithWork and Pensions Secretary 

Iain Duncan Smith will stay on as Work and Pensions Secretary.

He’ll continue his work on benefit reform, and be responsible for the £12bn of cuts to the welfare bill the Tories promised in their manifesto.

He’ll be without former employment minister Esther McVey, who lost her Wirral seat in Thursday’s election.

Mark Harper MP becomes Chief Whip (Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury)Mark Harper MP
Chief Whip (Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury)

The Conservative MP for Forest of Dean is the least high profile Tory to have his role announced so far.

Minister for Disabled People since July last year, he has also been an Immigration minister and parliamentary under secretary for constitutional and political reform.

In the new parliament he will be the Government Chief Whip, responsible for ensuring Tory MPs vote in line with party policy, and Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury, which allows him to draw a government salary, attend Cabinet and use a Downing Street residence.

Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP continues as Sec of State for Education and Minister for Women & EqualitiesNicky Morgan
Education Secretary 

Nicky Morgan continues in her dual role of Education Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities.

She took over from Michael Gove as Education Secretary in July 2014 and has continued to drive his free schools programme.

She was branded a “disgrace” in March after refusing to address the NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union.

Ms Morgan was the Tory representative in the all-women LBC radio debate during the election campaign.

Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP becomes Lord President of the Council, and Leader of the House of CommonsChris Grayling
Leader of the Hous of Commons

With Michael Gove taking his roles as Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, Chris Grayling has been appointed to the Cabinet post of Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons.

Nick Clegg was the previous Lord President of the Council, the fourth of the Great Officers of State and a regular at meetings of the Privy Council, where government business is presented for the Queen’s approval.

Mr Grayling takes over as Leader of the House of Commons from William Hague, who stood down as an MP at the last election. The role involves arranging government business in the House of Commons. If there is no Deputy Prime Minister, he may stand in at Prime Minister’s Questions in the PM’s absence.

Rt Hon Michael Gove MP becomes Lord Chancellor, and Secretary of State for JusticeMichael Gove
Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice

Ex Education Secretary Michael Gove was moved to Chief Whip in July 2014 as he took on a bigger role in party strategy and election planning – and kept his official limo.

He now returns to the Cabinet as Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, both roles previously held by Chris Grayling.

One of the first tasks for Mr Gove, MP for Surrey Heath, is likely to be abolishing the Human Rights Act – to be replaced by a “British bill of rights”.

Michael Fallon has seen the Prime Minister and continues as Secretary of State for DefenceMichael Fallon
Secretary of State for Defence

Michael Fallon continues as Secretary of State for Defence.

He took on the role in July 2014 after Philip Hammond was moved to the Foreign Office.

Previous roles for the MP for Sevenoaks have included Energy and Business and Enterprise. He is seen as having Thatcherite values and has been dubbed the “thinking man’s Rottweiler”, but is.

Philip Hammond has seen the Prime Minister and continues as Foreign SecretaryPhilip Hammond
Foreign Secretary

Philip Hammond continues as Foreign Secretary, a role he assumed in July 2014 having previously served as Defence Secretary and, prior to that, Transport Secretary.

Mr Hammond has said he would vote to leave the European Union.

His appointment to the Foreign Office was seen as a move toward the right ahead of the general election, transferring focus to the EU debate ahead of a promised In/Out referendum.

Theresa May has seen the Prime Minister and continues as Home SecretaryTheresa May
Home Secretary

The most high profile woman in David Cameron’s Cabinet, Theresa May continues as Home Secretary.

She has held the role throughout Mr Cameron’s time as Prime Minister.

Low points have been a row with the Education department over alleged extremism in Birmingham schools and a huge backlog at the Passport Office causing chaos for would-be travellers.

George Osborne smiles as he returns to 10 Downing St to discover his role in David Cameron's second governmentGeorge Osborne
Chancellor of the Exchequer.David Cameron’s right hand man and a key tactician in the general election campaign, George Osborne continues as Chancellor of the Exchequer.

Mr Osborne has held the role since the Tories took power in coalition with the Lib Dems in 2010.

He has also been named First Secretary of State, a role vacated by William Hague stepping down as an MP.

The title is only honorary and is not always in use – but it means Mr Osborne is senior over all other Secretaries of State. With now ex Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg no longer Deputy Prime Minister, it means Mr Osborne, MP for Tatton, is Mr Cameron’s all round number two.

Congratulations to new YBF MPs

YBF Small Dolphin LogoMany congratulations indeed to the following new MPs who were elected this week – all of whom are YBF alumni:

  • Michelle Donelan MP, Chippenham
  • Ranil Jayawardena MP, North East Hampshire
  • Craig Williams MP, Cardiff North
  • Alan Mak MP, Havant

YBF will be publishing a list showcasing the impressive progress of its alumni in the coming days. It will make the left weep even more than is the case already after Ed Miliband was annihilated on 7 May.

If you would like to be included on that list, please email YBF Chairman, Donal Blaney, at by midday on Monday, 11 May. 

Soundbytes: Wednesday 26th March


On this day: 

 in 1969: & start their week long ‘bed-in’

Daily Reaganite:

“We will never forget them, nor the last time we saw them, this morning, as they prepared for their journey and waved goodbye and ‘slipped the surly bonds of earth’ to ‘touch the face of God.’ “

YBF US Summer Trip – sign up now!

US Summer Conference

Saturday 18th July – Saturday 1st August 2015


The Reagan-Thatcher US Summer Conference Programme is the flagship series of international conferences made available to British conservative activists.

Staying at Marymount University, with direct access to Ballston Metro station, students have a chance to:

  • visit the White House and the US Supreme Court
  • receive a guided nighttime tour of the National Mall (taking in the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, the Reflecting Pool and memorials to the fallen of World War II, Vietnam and the Korean War)
  • experience American culture by going to see a Washington Nationals baseball match, attend a cigar reception hosted by YBF supporters, go shooting, drink and smoke indoors and eat too much
  • visit George Washington’s Mount Vernon
  • receive a private tour of Congress and attend a bespoke YBF Congressional Rally addressed by prominent US Congressmen and US Senators
  • undergo day-long interactive public speaking and media training workshops led by a former speechwriter to the Reagan & Bush Administrations and a media coach to current and former Presidential candidates
  • hear from scholars at the Heritage Foundation, Cato Institute, Competitive Enterprise Institute, Leadership Institute, America’s Future Foundation, Media Research Centerand Campaigns & Elections magazine.

In week two, students move to George Washington University in Washington DC itself. They will then have the opportunity to network with hundreds of college students from across the United States and to hear from leading conservative speakers such as Newt Gingrich, Fred Barnes, Michael Reagan and George Allen at the Young America’s Foundation National Conservative Student Conference.


Places are strictly limited. Preference is given to those who have attended a previous YBF Activist Training Conference and/or the YBF Parliamentary Rally.

You can learn more about the US Summer Conference Programme here and you can complete the application form, which needs to be returned by 24 February 2015, here.

The details and application form are here and here. Please complete the form and send it to India Brummitt,

Soundbytes: Tuesday 17th March


On this day: 

The means of defence against foreign danger have been always the instruments of tyranny at home.” James Madison, born 1836.

Daily Thatcherite: 

“I always cheer up immensely if an attack is particularly wounding because I think, well, if they attack one personally, it means they have not a single political argument left.”