An Easter gift from YBF

YBF Small Dolphin LogoAs our gift to you for Easter, and mindful that too many people in Britain suffer from obesity such that it is not going to be yet another Easter egg or Hot Cross Bun, the Young Britons’ Foundation is pleased to confirm that the 11th YBF Activist Training Conference will take place at Churchill College, Cambridge from lunchtime on Friday, 12 December 2014 until lunchtime on Sunday, 14 December 2014.

Further details including confirmed speakers, ticket prices and award nominees will be announced in the coming weeks. So watch this space – and save the date in your diaries. Happy Easter!

YBF at the Reagan Ranch

RanchEarlier this month a delegation of YBF activists were privileged to enjoy a private escorted tour of Ronald Reagan’s Western White House, Rancho del Cielo, on the anniversary of the death of his close friend, Margaret Thatcher.

Young America’s Foundation recorded the success of this moving and memorable tour here.

If you too wish to visit the United States as part of YBF’s US Summer Conference programme, the deadline for applications has been extended to 30 April 2014. 

YBF US Summer Conference Programme Update

capitolThanks to the generosity of YBF’s donors, a further ten places have unexpectedly come available for this year’s YBF US Summer Conference Programme.

But you need to move fast as the deadline for applications is 4pm on Wednesday, 30 April 2014. 

If you would like to visit the White House and the US Supreme Court, receive a private tour of the National Mall, tour the Newseum and Arlington National Cemetery, shoot pistols and machine guns at a shooting range, smoke and drink in an old speakeasy, receive private briefings from Congressmen, Senators and their staff at the US Capitol, attend lectures at conservative think-tanks, meet like-minded friends at Young America’s Foundation’s Conservative Student Conference, enjoy public speaking and on-camera media training from some of the world’s most pre-eminent lecturers – and more – then please read these details and then contact Anne Sutherland without delay.

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.