YBFXI: The Conservative Leadership Award

YBF Small Dolphin LogoThe Young Britons’ Foundation instituted the Conservative Leadership Award at YBF9.

The Conservative Leadership Award recognises dynamic leadership in the conservative movement. The development of a coherent conservative movement in the past few years is one of the great successes of the think tanks, pressure groups, commentators and financiers of conservatism.

The winner of the Conservative Leadership Award will be an individual whose contribution has been integral to the growth in the power of the conservative movement over the past 12 months.

Past winners:

  • 2012: Tim Montgomerie, for standing up for the rights of grassroots conservatives and advancing a compassionate conservative vision of society with passion, lucidity and humour;
  • 2013: The Centre for Policy Studies, for pointing the way in the darkest hours of conservatism and in remaining steadfast in support of Thatcherite principles since 1973.

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

YBFXI: The Lifetime Warrior Award

YBF Small Dolphin LogoThe Young Britons’ Foundation instituted the Lifetime Warrior Award at YBF9.

The Lifetime Warrior Award honours a leader who has devoted their life to advancing liberty and standing up with courage for conservative values. Conservatism as a creed is rarely in tune with popular culture (although its values are frequently in tune with voters’ concerns). Standing up for conservative values requires courage.

The winner of the Lifetime Warrior Award will be someone without whose self-sacrifice, bravery and example our country would have been very much the poorer.

Past winners:

  • 2012: The Rt Hon Baroness Thatcher of Kesteven LG OM FRS, for redefining conservatism in Britain and across the globe, for taming the trades’ unions and stemming the march of socialism, for standing alongside Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II enabling the evil of communism to be defeated and half a billion people to be freed from serfdom, for standing up to tyranny in the Falklands and in Kuwait, for helping put the Great back into Great Britain and for putting service to Queen and country ahead of all else;
  • 2013: The Rt Hon Lord Tebbit CH PC, for bravely standing up to left-wing zealots, trades union thugs, republican terrorists and the politically correct chattering classes – and for representing the true voice of conservatism even to this day online.

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

YBFXI: The Eric Forth Award for Activism

ericforthEric Forth was one of the true characters of British politics. A House of Commons man to his core, Eric not only knew parliamentary procedure inside out but he knew how – and when- to use the rules to maximum advantage. Eric was a committed Thatcherite and an admirer of Ronald Reagan. As Chairman of Conservative Way Forward and an advisor and friend of The Young Britons’ Foundation, Eric championed limited government, traditional values, freedom and the Trans-Atlantic Special Relationship. A man of principle, determination and courage, Eric Forth knew how important it was to be an effective activist and advocate for radical change.

On Eric’s premature death in 2006, The Young Britons’ Foundation inaugurated an annual award to be given to the young conservative, libertarian or classical liberal activist whose attitude, ethos and effectiveness best mirrors the values, beliefs and achievements of Eric – The Eric Forth Award for Activism.

The nominees are: Continue reading

YBFXI: The Courage Under Fire Award

YBF Small Dolphin LogoThe Young Britons’ Foundation will be instituting the Courage Under Fire Award at YBFXI.

The Courage Under Fire Award, inspired by an award of the same name at CPAC, recognises political bravery and an ability or willingness to stand up for conservative, classical liberal or libertarian principles when it would be all too easy to back down and appease the enemies of freedom.

The winner of the Courage Under Fire Award will be an individual or organisation that displays true courage in the face of adversity in politics.

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

The Global Leadership for Freedom Award

YBF Small Dolphin LogoThe Young Britons’ Foundation instituted the Global Leadership for Freedom Award at YBFX.

The Global Leadership for Freedom Award recognises the visionary application of free market solutions to problems in the developing world, when it seems all too easy to suggest throwing western taxpayers’ money at problems in an effort to feel good.

The winner of the Global Leadership for Freedom Award will be an individual or organisation that exemplifies the very best in humanitarian leadership, coupled with the principled application of free market principles.

Past winners:

  • 2013: Andrew Macleod, for his work in the international humanitarian movement since the 1990s in the former Yugoslavia, West Africa and Pakistan, coupled with his visionary and inspirational development of private sector led initiatives across Asia.
  • 2014: Sir Edward Leigh MP, Philip Hollobone MP, David Nuttall MP, Mark Reckless MP, Christopher Chope OBE MP, Jacob Rees-Mogg MP & Philip Davies MP, for simultaneously standing up for British taxpayers and the world’s poorest people by voting against the government’s mandatory expenditure of 0.7% of Gross Domestic Product on ineffectual international aid programmes when the better solution is freer trade

YBFXI Awards

YBF Small Dolphin LogoAt each conference, YBF hands out a number of awards to prominent conservatives, libertarians and classical liberals who deserve recognition – as well as to those who deserve to be recognised for their failures.

The awards handed out at YBFXI were:

  • The Eric Forth Award for Activism (Winner: Rory Broomfield)
  • The Dolphin Award (Winner: Mark Clarke)
  • The Lifetime Warrior Award (Winner: The Rt Hon Lord Lawson of Blaby PC)
  • The Conservative Leadership Award (Winner: Daniel Hannan MEP)
  • The One to Watch Award (Winner: Tim Aker MEP)
  • The One of Us Award (Winner: Jonathan Isaby)
  • The Special Relationship Award (Winner: General Sam Hines)
  • The White Feather Award (Winner: The Rt Hon Baroness Warsi)

This year we will also be awarding two new awards:

  • The Courage Under Fire Award (Winner: The Rt Hon Michael Gove MP)
  • The Global Freedom Leadership Award (Winners: 2014: Sir Edward Leigh MP, Philip Hollobone MP, David Nuttall MP, Mark Reckless MP, Christopher Chope OBE MP, Jacob Rees-Mogg MP & Philip Davies MP)

India: a new era

photo 1The Board of the Young Britons’ Foundation is pleased to announce that India Brummitt has today joined YBF as full-time Operations Director after having been actively involved for a number of years.

India has attended a number of YBF events, including the YBF Conference in the US and the UK, having attended her first YBF event in 2010. Prior to joining the Young Britons’ Foundation India worked in parliament for a Conservative MP before moving into public relations in the City where she specialised in financial services and public affairs.

India is the National Deputy Chairman of Conservative Future and a graduate of Royal Holloway.

You can reach India to congratulate her by email at india.brummitt@ybf.org.uk.

Have you bought your tickets for YBFXI?

YBF Small Dolphin LogoTickets for the 11th Young Britons’ Foundation Activist Training Conference, known as YBFXI, are almost sold out. While the early bird discount has now ended, full price (and still subsidised) tickets are available online here.

What are you waiting for? Christmas? Well, if you wait long, YBFXI will have already taken place!

Dealing with hecklers

Long-time YBF lecturer, Dr John Shosky, has written speeches for American Presidents, Cabinet appointees and senior White House officials since the 1980s. Each summer, Dr Shosky runs a public speaking workshop for the Young Britons’ Foundation in Washington DC. Part of that workshop deals with how to handle hecklers.

Here are two examples this week that show how to deal with heckling. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie slams a well-known Democrat campaigner who stalks him across the state in his now well-known Sopranos-style combative approach. President Obama attacks his heckler by turning his fire on the Republicans (forgetting that his own party, the Democrats, controlled both Houses of Congress for the first part of his presidency and yet he was still unable to get immigration reform past his own party colleagues).