The Rt. Hon. Lord Baker CH PC
Mar
11
6:30pm 6:30pm

The Rt. Hon. Lord Baker CH PC

Kenneth Baker, Ex-President, Magdalen College, was first elected to Parliament in a 1968 by-election and was PPS to Edward Heath, Ex-President, Balliol College, while he was Leader of the Opposition after 1974.  After a number of junior roles, he became a Cabinet minister in 1985 as Environment Secretary and was later appointed Education Secretary. In this role he was responsible for a number of lasting and significant reforms, such as the introduction of the National Curriculum, GCSEs and Key Stages. He subsequently served as Party Chairman and, later, as Home Secretary under John Major.

 

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Termly Dinner: The Rt. Hon. Lord Howard of Lympne CH PC QC
Mar
9
7:00pm 7:00pm

Termly Dinner: The Rt. Hon. Lord Howard of Lympne CH PC QC

Michael Howard was first elected in 1983 for Folkestone and Hythe. After a string of junior ministerial positions, including jobs which gave him responsibility for the poll tax and water privatisation, Margaret Thatcher, Ex-President, Somerville College, appointed him to the Cabinet as Secretary of State for Employment in 1990. In this role, he was responsible for the Employment Act 1990, which made the closed shop illegal. Lord Howard supported Lady Thatcher in the 1990 leadership contest and retained his Cabinet post after its conclusion.

After the 1992 election, he was briefly Secretary of State for the Environment, before being appointed Home Secretary in 1993. Famously declaring “prison works”, Lord Howard implemented a necessary toughening of the justice system. Amongst other things, private prisons were introduced, tough mandatory sentences brought in and the right to silence curtailed. Lord Howard presided over a 15% fall in crime.

Lord Howard held a number of senior shadow positions after 1997, including Shadow Home Secretary, Shadow Foreign Secretary and Shadow Chancellor, before being elected to the Party Leadership in 2003. He led the Party in the 2005 general election, where Labour’s lead in the popular vote was cut from its 2001 figure of 9% to under 3%.

Lord Howard retired from frontbench politics after 2005. In 2010, he joined the House of Lords and was appointed a Companion of Honour (CH) in 2011.

 

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8th Week Port & Policy
Mar
8
8:30pm 8:30pm

8th Week Port & Policy

As usual, OUCA’s famous weekly evening of debate accompanied by good ports will provide an excellent forum for political discussion every Sunday. Two motions will be announced in advance and there will be one emergency motion each week.

8th Week Port & Policy, as the last in term, is usually very well attended and members wear Black Tie.

The entry cost remains just £5 for members.

 

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David Gauke MP
Mar
6
12:00pm12:00pm

David Gauke MP

David Gauke read Law as St. Edmund Hall before working as a solicitor in the City of London.  He has been Member of Parliament for South West Hertfordshire since 2005. He joined the shadow frontbench in 2007 and was appointed Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury when the Coalition Government was formed. In 2014 he was promoted to Financial Secretary to the Treasury, meaning he is the second most senior Conservative in the department after the Chancellor.

 

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Claire Perry MP
Mar
5
7:00pm 7:00pm

Claire Perry MP

Claire Perry studied at Brasenose College and was a rowing Blue. She has been Member of Parliament for Devizes since 2010. She was the PPS to Philip Hammond as Defence Secretary from 2011 until 2013 and then served as a Whip. She was appointed to her first ministerial role in the July 2014 reshuffle, as a junior minister in the Transport Department.

 

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Port & Policy
Mar
1
8:30pm 8:30pm

Port & Policy

As usual, OUCA’s famous weekly evening of debate accompanied by good ports will provide an excellent forum for political discussion every Sunday. Two motions will be announced in advance and there will be one emergency motion each week.

The entry cost remains just £5 for members.

 

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Port & Policy
Feb
22
8:30pm 8:30pm

Port & Policy

As usual, OUCA’s famous weekly evening of debate accompanied by good ports will provide an excellent forum for political discussion every Sunday. Two motions will be announced in advance and there will be one emergency motion each week.

The entry cost remains just £5 for members.

 

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Port & Policy
Feb
15
8:30pm 8:30pm

Port & Policy

As usual, OUCA’s famous weekly evening of debate accompanied by good ports will provide an excellent forum for political discussion every Sunday. Two motions will be announced in advance and there will be one emergency motion each week.

The entry cost remains just £5 for members.

 

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The Rt. Hon. Dominic Grieve QC MP
Feb
13
7:00pm 7:00pm

The Rt. Hon. Dominic Grieve QC MP

Dominic Grieve, Ex-President, Magdalen College, has been Member of Parliament for Buckinghamshire since 1997. In opposition, he shadowed the Attorney General, Home Office and Ministry of Justice. In 2010, he became Attorney General for England and Wales and Advocate General for Northern Ireland, holding both offices until July 2014. He continues to be a sought after authority on many issues, including ECHR policy.

 

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Damian Collins MP
Feb
12
6:30pm 6:30pm

Damian Collins MP

Damian Collins, Ex-President, St. Benet’s Hall, served as President of OUCA exactly twenty years ago. He worked in advertising and the Conservative Research Department before being elected as Member of Parliament for Folkestone and Hythe in 2010. In the July 2014 reshuffle, he was appointed PPS to the Rt. Hon. Phillip Hammond MP, the Foreign Secretary, having previously served as PPS to the Northern Ireland Secretary.

 

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Port & Policy
Feb
8
8:30pm 8:30pm

Port & Policy

As usual, OUCA’s famous weekly evening of debate accompanied by good ports will provide an excellent forum for political discussion every Sunday. Two motions will be announced in advance and there will be one emergency motion each week.

The entry cost remains just £5 for members.

 

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The Rt. Hon. David Lidington MP
Feb
5
7:30pm 7:30pm

The Rt. Hon. David Lidington MP

David Lidington studied at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge and was Chairman of CUCA. He has been Member of Parliament for Aylesbury since 1992. In Parliament, he served as PPS to Home Secretary Michael Howard and to William Hague, Ex-President, Magdalen College, when he became Party Leader. He joined the Shadow Cabinet in 2002 and was appointed Minister for Europe in the Coalition Government. He was responsible for the European Union Act 2011.

 

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London Trip: William Hague and Lord Tebbit
Feb
3
11:00am11:00am

London Trip: William Hague and Lord Tebbit

A limited number of members will be able to visit the Houses of Parliament to hear from two very distinguished Conservative politicians.

William Hague, Ex-President, Magdalen College, first joined the Cabinet in 1995 as Welsh Secretary and led the Party after the 1997 general election. After shadowing the position in opposition, he was appointed Foreign Secretary and First Secretary of State in 2010. Last July, he became Leader of the House of Commons. As he has announced he will be retiring from Parliament at the general election, after over 25 years of service, this will be the last time the Association can see this particular alumnus as a Member of Parliament.

Norman Tebbit held a number of senior positions in the government of Margaret Thatcher, Ex-President, Somerville College. Firstly, as Employment Secretary and then as Trade and Industry Secretary, he was at the forefront of key Conservative policies, such as trade union reform and industry privatisation. He then chaired the Party through a third consecutive general election victory before leaving frontbench politics.

 

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Port & Policy
Feb
1
8:30pm 8:30pm

Port & Policy

As usual, OUCA’s famous weekly evening of debate accompanied by good ports will provide an excellent forum for political discussion every Sunday. Two motions will be announced in advance and there will be one emergency motion each week.

The entry cost remains just £5 for members.

 

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Port & Policy
Jan
25
8:30pm 8:30pm

Port & Policy

As usual, OUCA’s famous weekly evening of debate accompanied by good ports will provide an excellent forum for political discussion every Sunday. Two motions will be announced in advance and there will be one emergency motion each week.

The entry cost remains just £5 for members.

 

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The Rt. Hon. Desmond Swayne TD MP
Jan
22
7:15pm 7:15pm

The Rt. Hon. Desmond Swayne TD MP

Desmond Swayne has been Member of Parliament for New Forest West since 1997. He held a range of frontbench positions in opposition before being appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to Michael Howard as Leader of the Opposition in 2004. He retained this role when the leadership of the Party passed to David Cameron and when David Cameron became Prime Minister in 2010. In September 2012, he moved to serve as a Government Whip, before being appointed to his current role as Minister of State for International Development in July 2014. Outside of politics, he is a  Major in the Territorial Army and saw active service in the Iraq War.

 

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Port & Policy
Jan
18
8:30pm 8:30pm

Port & Policy

As usual, OUCA’s famous weekly evening of debate accompanied by good ports will provide an excellent forum for political discussion every Sunday. Two motions will be announced in advance and there will be one emergency motion each week.

The entry cost remains just £5 for members.

 

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Pizza, Pre-lash, & Park End
Dec
3
to Dec 4

Pizza, Pre-lash, & Park End

"OUCA, putting the Party in 'Pizza Party'"... 

A chance to let your hair down at the end of term! OUCA thanks all its campaigners this term by buying them pizza, some drinks, and their entrance to Park End. A really nice night at the end of term and a great incentive to do some campaigning in the next two months! 

Venue: TBC

Please note attendance at this event is only allowed to members who have done 12 or more hours campaigning or OUCA-organised social activism over the course of the term. 

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Termly Dinner - Baron King of Bridgwater
Dec
1
7:00pm 7:00pm

Termly Dinner - Baron King of Bridgwater

Lord King was Secretary of State for Defence from 1989 to 1992, presiding over the first Gulf War. Prior to that, he held four different Cabinet positions during Thatcher's governments from 1983 - Environment, Transport, Employment, and Northern Ireland. He was MP for Bridgwater until he was made a life peer in 2001, and he now serves as Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party's Policy Group on National and International Security, which was set up by David Cameron in 2006.

Lord King will be addressing OUCA members during our Termly Dinner event, which will this year be held in the beautiful surroundings of the Dining Hall of Somerville College. Good food, good wine, and good politics all round! 

Dress Code: Black Tie

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8th Week Port & Policy
Nov
30
8:30pm 8:30pm

8th Week Port & Policy

The last Port & Policy of term. Like the other ones but more people, more port, and more fun! Always a big event - last term 140 people came! The debate motions are more light hearted than in other weeks, too. 

Cost: £5 for Members, £10 for non-Members, and free if you pay to become a Member on the door. 

Dress Code: No official dress code, though people often wear Black Tie to 8th Week P&P.

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Christmas Party
Nov
26
8:30pm 8:30pm

Christmas Party

OUCA gets in the festive spirit by celebrating Oxmas with its members. Expect christmas-y snacks, drinks, and decorations. Perhaps also some OUCArolling... 

Venue: TBC

Cost: TBC

Dress Code: TBC

Please note that this is a provisional date and may change. 

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Mark Littlewood
Nov
25
6:30pm 6:30pm

Mark Littlewood

Mark is the Director General of the Institute of Economic Affairs, a hugely influential free market think tank in London. He is a strong proponent of liberalism, and has campaigned a great deal for civil liberties, opposing government intrusions such as identity cards. Mark is also very pro-European, having formerly been Chief Press Spokesman for the Pro Euro Conservative Party. He frequently comments on political and economic issues on television and radio, including Question Time and Newsnight. He has also written for a range of national and international publications, and is a regular blogger on the Daily Mail's 'RightMinds' website.

 

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Port & Policy
Nov
23
8:30pm 8:30pm

Port & Policy

OUCA's famous weekly event. Come for lashings of good quality port at a fantastic price, and some excellent arguing in each of the three debates, which will change each week. OUCA welcomes all people and perspectives, so - whatever your views - come and discuss them in an intellectual, good-natured, and consistently fun environment. Usually followed unofficially by a trip to the King's Arms. 

Cost: £5 for Members, £10 for non-Members, and free if you pay to become a Member on the door. 

Dress Code: No official dress code, though people tend to dress smartly.

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Crewdate
Nov
21
7:30pm 7:30pm

Crewdate

OUCA and Oxford University Liberal Democrats continue their proud tradition of being "coaliscious" by going on another crewdate. Packed full of friendly political rivalry this event is always great fun and not to be missed. 

Cost: TBC

Venue: TBC

Please note that this is a provisional date and may change.

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