So would you like to come to America this summer?

capitolYBF is delighted to reveal details of this summer’s Reagan-Thatcher US Summer Conference programme.

Applications are invited by completing and returning this application form by 31 March 2014. 

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for you to visit the United States and to receive bespoke training, private briefings and to hear from leading conservatives. Throw in some baseball, shooting, sightseeing, shopping and socialising and it becomes the trip that all young conservatives want to attend.

Goodbye…and hello!

The Young Britons’ Foundation bids a fond farewell today to Nick Hallett, who takes up a new position with James Delingpole and Raheem Kassam at Breitbart London today. Nick has worked tirelessly on YBF’s research and social media output and has been a cheerful and helpful pair of hands at YBF conferences and events, most notably the recent YBFX conference at Churchill College.

Joining YBF is the former head of the Scottish Conservative Party’s youth wing, Anne Sutherland. Despite her tender years, Anne is a veteran of conservative campaigns on both sides of the border and has worked closely with our American cousins, interning in Washington DC and organising the recent successful study visit of American students who came to YBFX and who then explored London and Windsor. You can reach Anne at anne.sutherland@ybf.org.uk.

So are you coming to California?

Still unsure whether to apply to join YBF in California this April? Here’s what two more graduates of the study visit have to say…

“The YBF trip to California, including the visit to Ronald Reagan’s Ranch, is a unique opportunity to both see the human side of a great President and to visit one of the most picturesque areas of the US.

The Ranch and the associated Ranch centre itself is a truly humbling yet informative experience. And the YBF team ensured our visit was jam packed with other activities too, including visits to the Reagan and Nixon Presidential libraries, an NHL ice hockey match, a day at the beach and much more. I’d highly recommend any young UK conservative take this opportunity”. – Ryan Bourne, Institute of Economic Affairs

“A truly amazing trip – a brilliant experience start to finish. This trip offers highlight after highlight, how many people get to experience sunset at Ronald Reagan’s ranch. The ranch is not open to the public and gives an amazing insight to a humble and inspirational man, but that is just one part of the trip! Join this years YBF delegation to discover California for yourself”. – India Brummitt, Lobbyist

YBF California Visit: Testimonial

YBF CA Sand“It was one of the most enjoyable trips I’ve ever been on – how many people can say they’ve been to Ronald Reagan’s ranch (which, isn’t, of course, open to the public!).

The way the ranch had been preserved from when Reagan was last there was amazing. Walking round the ranch as it was when he lived there gave me a valuable new perspective on Reagan and his values, which I think can only really be gained by being there. This was definitely the highlight, although frankly the whole trip was immensely enjoyable – visiting the Nixon Presidential Library, the Reagan Presidential Library and, of course, soaking up the weather in Santa Barbara. I will remember it for a long time to come!” – Stephen Hodgson

Join us in California this Easter by applying by 31 January here

RIP James Cutts

CuttsI am sorry to inform supporters of the Young Britons’ Foundation that James Cutts, who had recently become a producer at LBC 97.3, has died at the age of only 28.

James attended the first three YBF conferences having already achieved a level of notoriety by securing a strong media profile in the final days of Iain Duncan Smith’s leadership of the Conservative Party. Witty and kind to his friends, James was one of the most fervent and Machiavellian activists even before he came to YBF and few who were there will forget his memorable performance at YBF3 when he won the debating competition under the tutelage of Andre Walker that was held over a typically liquid YBF conference dinner.

James also worked hard for Conservative Way Forward and for Conor Burns MP and Greg Hands MP before moving into a career where he undoubtedly belonged – the interface between politics and the media. My thoughts are with his family at this tragic time. RIP James.

Every Monday Matters: Week One – Get Involved

Every Monday Matters is the title of a new book written by YBF Chief Executive Donal Blaney and which is being published in the Spring. Here is the first chapter, setting out concrete steps for activists to take this week…

The conservative movement in Britain is far broader than many activists might realize. In December 2007, Matthew Elliott of the TaxPayers’ Alliance launched a monthly meeting of the leaders of Britain’s conservative movement. Prior to the launch of the Wednesday Meeting, Matthew and I came up with a list of over fifty organizations that were movement-oriented, ranging from think-tanks and discussion forums to pressure groups and campaigning bodies

The Conservative Party alone cannot win the next general election. For conservatism to flourish it needs a broad-based movement to create the intellectual and political climate in which it is then seen as being both acceptable and desirable for conservative ideas to be embraced and enacted. Continue reading

An introduction to Every Monday Matters

Today marks the launch of a new initiative by the Young Britons’ Foundation. Here YBF Chief Executive, Donal Blaney, introduces Every Monday Matters

Being a young conservative activist can be a lonely and unrewarding experience.

Often young activists will find themselves persecuted for their conservative views by schoolteachers or university lecturers. Booking facilities can become difficult. So can accessing funds. Continue reading

Book Review: Think Tank (The Story of the Adam Smith Institute) by Madsen Pirie

think tank coverThe first political organisation that I encountered was the Adam Smith Institute thanks to the efforts of my politics teacher, Russell Tillson. As sixth formers we were taken by train to enjoy the Independent Seminar on the Open Society (ISOS). It was a revelation and I have been a fan of the work of the Adam Smith Institute ever since and its President and Director, Madsen Pirie and Eamonn Butler, have in turn been mentors and supporters of the Young Britons’ Foundation (and now the Margaret Thatcher Centre).

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YBFX Photos

YBFX LogoYBF’s tenth Activist Training Conference – YBFX – was the best attended conference hosted by YBF to date.

Over the next few days, we will be publishing photos taken by YBF’s official conference photographer, Rory Broomfield – beginning with photos of the speakers who educated, entertained and informed the delegates, continuing with some of the less incriminating photos of students enjoying the refreshments before and after the two banquets… and concluding with photos taken during the banquets.