Tuesday, 29 November 2016

An Audience with Norman Lamont

Former Chancellor of the Exchequer Lord (Norman) Lamont will be interviewed on stage by Tom Tugendhat MBE MP on  Thursday 23 February 2017 at 7pm at the E M Forster Theatre within the grounds of Tonbridge School.

The Rt Hon Lord Lamont of Lerwick (Norman Lamont) was born in the Shetland Islands where his father was the islands’ surgeon.  After reading Economics at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge he worked for N M Rothschild & Sons and became director of Rothschild Asset Management.  

In 1972 Norman Lamont was elected as Member of Parliament for Kingston-upon-Thames in a by-election. He served in successive governments under Margaret Thatcher and John Major, including stints at Energy, Industry, Defence and the Treasury.  He served as Chief Secretary to the Treasury whilst John Major was Chancellor, and became Chancellor of the Exchequer in November 1990, when John Major was elected Leader of the Conservative Party. During the leadership election he ran John Major’s campaign.

Norman Lamont was the government’s key negotiator on Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) which led to the Maastricht Treaty and the single currency, to which he was strongly opposed. Lamont set out two objectives: first to ensure Britain did not have to join the single currency and second, to ensure the opt-out was legally water-tight. To the surprise of his officials, he achieved both objectives.

Under Lamont’s Chancellorship inflation fell dramatically, the economy started to recover from the recession, and tough measures to reduce the deficit were taken. Britain was ejected from the ERM which most commentators believed we had joined at an unsustainably high rate under John Major’s period at the Treasury. 

In the weeks immediately following the UKs withdrawal Lamont appeared sanguine, telling journalists in Washington that his wife had heard him ‘singing in the bath that morning’ and in May 1993 when asked about his term as Chancellor, replying Je ne regrette rien. Three weeks later Lamont resigned, refusing a demotion to become Secretary of State for the Environment. He subsequently delivered his now famous resignation speech, accusing the government of being in office but not in power’ and stating that the Prime Minister had instructed him not to resign during ’Black Wednesday’ and had allowed him to carry the can. Sir Alan Walters, Economic Advisor to Lady Thatcher, described Norman Lamont in his post ERM actions, “to be not only the most effective but also the bravest Chancellor since the War.”

In 1994 Lord Lamont hit the headlines at the Conservative Party Conference by saying he would see no “unambiguous” benefit from Britain’s membership of the EU and one day we might have to choose between being in a European state of leaving the EU. He campaigned for the Leave side in the recent referendum.

At the 1997 General Election the Kingston-upon-Thames constituency was abolished in boundary changes and he was adopted for Harrogate, which was lost in the nationwide anti-Conservative swing at that election. In 1998 he was elevated to the House of Lords by William Hague as ‘Baron Lamont of Lerwick’.

We are delighted to welcome Lord Lamont to West Kent and look forward to hearing his personal account of his time in government under Margaret Thatcher and John Major and his views on how to handle Brexit.

Tickets for An Audience with Lord Lamont are £15.00 per person for the show (or just £12 if booked before 20th December 2016), or £30.00 per person if you would like to stay for the after-show “Wine and Canape” Reception. 

To reserve your tickets using a credit/debit card or PayPal, please use the payment button below. Alternatively, please send a cheque (payable to West Kent Conservatives) to Campaign HQ, Suite 3, Business Centre, Commercial Road, Paddock Wood TN12 6EN.

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Friday, 30 September 2016

2016 Faversham & Mid Kent Annual Dinner

The Chairmen and Officers of the Faversham & Mid Kent Conservative Association invite you to the Association's Annual Dinner with Guest of Honour, the Rt Hon John Whittingdale OBE MP. This will be held on Friday 4 November 2016 at Doddington Place commencing at 7.00pm. 

Please scroll down for the online booking form. 

Tickets for this event are £45 per person or £360 for a table for eight guests.

If you are paying online, please email the office at westkentconservatives@gmail.com with the name(s) of your guests for the seating plan and place cards. Thank you.

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Thursday, 29 September 2016

Christmas Fundraiser 2016

If you would like to support the Association's Christmas Fundraiser for 2016 please use the payment button below to buy your tickets. 

Participating online saves the cost of return postage and also the time logging and banking your cheque. It also saves you having to search for your cheque book and the time hand-writing the counterfoils. Everyone's a winner!

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Monday, 26 September 2016

500 Club 2017 Membership Renewal Page

Please use this page for 2017 renewals only.

If you are a new 500+ Club Member joining for the first time, please click HERE

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Wednesday, 21 September 2016

500+ Club Reception with Ann Widdecombe

Members of the West Kent 500+ Club are warmly invited to attend the Club's end of year reception hosted by Rt Hon Ann Widdecombe

This will be held at the Ditton Community Centre, Kilnbarn Road, Ditton ME20 6AH from 7.30pm - 9pm on Thursday 3 November 2016. Tickets are £12.00 per person to include a complimentary arrival drink from the bar and a large selection of British and Continental cheese. 

Towards the end of the evening Ann will address members about the current political situation and take questions. She will then draw the winning numbers for the October, November and December draws. This will include:

October x £100, £200 and £300
November x £100, £200 and £300
December x £100, £200 and £300

6 monthly bonus prize of £1,000
Christmas bonus prize of £2,500
Total prize money : £5,300

Space is limited to just 200 guests so early booking of tickets is essential. 

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Monday, 19 September 2016

Kent County Council Elections 2017, Candidates' and Helpers' Seminar

Please use the button below to reserve and pay for your place(s) at the West Kent Council Election Seminar on Saturday 5 November at the Grange Moor Hotel in Maidstone.

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Tuesday, 6 September 2016

An Audience with Lord Baker of Dorking

West Kent Conservatives are honoured that one of the great reforming politicians of recent history, the Rt Hon The Lord Baker of Dorking CH (Kenneth Baker) has accepted our invitation to speak about his remarkable life and achievements.

Kenneth Baker was a significant figure in politics in the late 20th century, holding governmental office for over three decades and serving three Conservative Prime Ministers; Ted Heath, Margaret Thatcher and John Major. During that time he was Minister for Information Technology, Secretary of State for the Environment, Chairman of the Conservative Party and Home Secretary. 

Upon retiring from Parliament at the 1997 General Election he was elevated to the House of Lords as Baron Baker of Dorking. In 2011 he formed a charity called the Baker Dearing Educational Trust to develop and promote the concept of university technical colleges.

Lord Baker will be guest of honour at the next in our series of An Audience with....  to be held on Thursday 24 November 2016 at Hadlow Manor Hotel, Goose Green, Hadlow TN11 0JH. The show will commence promptly at 7pm, when Lord Baker will be interviewed on stage by Tom Tugendhat MBE MP. There will be ample opportunity for members of the audience to ask questions.

Tickets for An Audience with Lord Baker are just £12.00 per person for the show only, or £30.00 per person if you would like to stay for the "after-show wine and canape reception" when guests will have the opportunity to meet Lord Baker and Tom Tugendhat personally. Tickets for the reception are limited to just 40 guests. 

The fastest and simplest way to book tickets is via the payment button below using a credit/debit card or PayPal (50p booking fee applies).  Alternatively, please send a cheque (payable to West Kent Conservatives) for either £12.00pp or £30.00pp to Campaign HQ, Suite 3, Business Centre, Commercial Road, Paddock Wood TN12 6EN. Please write "Lord Baker event" along with your name and address on the reverse of the cheque.

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