YBFXI Awards

YBFXI Team PhotoAt YBFXI, YBF was pleased to honour heroes of the movement, and one bogeyman (or rather bogeywoman).

You can learn more about the winners of YBF’s prestigious awards here.

Soundbytes: Wednesday 10th December

Soundbytes:

On this day: 

In 1948: The UN adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Daily Reaganite:

“There are no such things as limits to growth, because there are no limits on the human capacity for intelligence, imagination, and wonder.”

YBFXI Speaker: Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP

The Young Britons’ Foundation is delighted to announce that we will be joined by The Conservative Party Chairman, Grant Shapps MP.

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Grant is the MP for Welwyn Hatfield – having first won the seat in the 2005, he was returned to parliament in May 2010 with a 17,423 majority.

In 2010 Grant was appointed as a Privy Counsellor and in 2012, he was appointed Conservative Party Chairman, replacing the unlamented Baroness Warsi; he was also appointed Minister without Portfolio, in the Cabinet. There he has been instrumental in transforming the campaigning capabilities of the Conservative Party – for example, by embracing the Roadtrip2015 initiative founded by YBF Director, Mark Clarke. This is his first speech to YBF and, following his recent tub thumping Thatcherite Speech to the renowned pressure group, Conservative Way Forward, delegates are surely in for a treat.

YBFXI: The Special Relationship Award

YBF Small Dolphin LogoThe Young Britons’ Foundation instituted the Special Relationship Award at YBFX.

The Special Relationship Award recognises the importance of the Special Relationship that was best expressed by Sir Winston Churchill and Franklin D Roosevelt in World War II, Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan during the 1980s and George W Bush and Tony Blair during the earliest days of the War on Terror.

The winner of the Special Relationship Award will be an individual or organisation that is best following their example by promoting ever closer and more effective links between the United Kingdom and the United States of America.

Past winners:

  • 2013: Professor Mallory Factor, for his visionary and principled leadership of the conservative movement in New York and South Carolina, his groundbreaking scholarship and his philanthropy for good causes.

Who would you nominate to win the Special Relationship Award at YBFXI? Send in your nominations to YBF’s new Operations Director, India Brummitt, at india.brummitt@ybf.org.uk.

Soundbytes: Tuesday 9th December

Soundbytes:

On this day:

On this day in 1793, Noah Webster establishes New York’s first daily newspaper, “American Minerva”.

 

Daily Thatcherite: 

It’s passionately interesting for me that the things that I learned in a small town, in a very modest home, are just the things that I believe have won the election.

 

YBFXI: The White Feather Award

YBF Small Dolphin LogoThe Young Britons’ Foundation instituted the White Feather Award at YBF9.

The White Feather Award recognises political cowardice. One of the many reasons for voters’ disenchantment with the political process is because too many political figures fail to exhibit anything that can be recognised as leadership or bravery.

The winner of the White Feather Award will be an individual or organisation that epitomises the very worst in politics – inexcusable weakness of character and cowardice.

Past winners:

  • 2012: Starbucks, for failing to stand up to bullying by self-styled tax justice campaigners and in capitulating to the mob over the company’s use of legitimate tax planning arrangements, thereby making it harder for law-abiding taxpayers to face down HM Revenue & Customs;
  • 2013: Jane Ellison MP, for u-turning and failing to stand up to the illiberal and taxpayer-funded health fascist lobby when afforded the perfect opportunity to do so

Who would you nominate to win the White Feather Award at YBFXI? Send in your nominations to YBF’s new Operations Director, India Brummitt, at india.brummitt@ybf.org.uk.

Soundbytes: Monday 8th December

Soundbytes:

On this day:

On this day in 1776, Thomas Paine publishes American Crisis “These are the times that try men’s souls…”

Daily Reaganite:

“People don’t start wars, governments do.”

YBFXI Speaker: Kate Andrews

YBF is delighted to welcome a new edition to the YBFXI speaker list, Kate Andrews.

Kate Andrews is the Communications Manager and Research Associate at the Adam Work Pic
Smith Institute. She is responsible for handling the Institute’s media and donor relations, and her key interest is in international healthcare policies and structures. Kate has previously worked for the Institute of Economic Affairs, Townhall.com, the Open Currency Standard think tank and on Governor Mitt Romney’s and Linda McMahon’s campaigns.

She graduated from the University of St. Andrews in 2012 with a joint degree in International Relations and Philosophy, where she served as Rector’s Assessor from 2011-2012.

She tweets as @KateLaurette.

YBFXI: The One to Watch Award

YBF Small Dolphin LogoThe Young Britons’ Foundation instituted the One to Watch Award at YBF9.

The One to Watch Award recognises visionary leadership among a newly-elected political figure. Modern politicians are all too often prepared to go with the flow. YBF is proud to stand alongside those who stand up for conservative values.

The winner of the One to Watch Award will be an individual has truly put down a marker and who YBF believes is truly “one to watch” over the coming years.

Past winners:

2012: Steve Baker MP, for eloquently and persuasively promoting libertarian values with patience and charm within the Conservative parliamentary party and through the Cobden Centre
2013: The Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, for securing rapid promotion through the ministerial ranks of the coalition government while remaining true to conservative principles.

Who would you nominate to win the One to Watch Award at YBFXI? Send in your nominations to YBF’s new Operations Director, India Brummitt, at india.brummitt@ybf.org.uk.