Our termly dinner speaker will be Graham Brady MP. Graham is Chairman of the 1922 Committee, representing the entire parliamentary party, arguably the most powerful position open to a Tory backbencher. Known in Westminster as “one of the few people with the Prime Minister on speed dial”, it is the letters of ‘no confidence’ which sit in his safe which alone can trigger a leadership election. He more than anyone knows the mood of the Party.
A frontbencher until 2007, he resigned as Shadow Europe Minister in protest against the party leadership’s opposition to selective education. Brady went to grammar school in Trafford, where he is now an MP, and is a passionate campaigner for extending selection in schools.