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The Rt. Hon. Lord Baker CH PC
Mar
11
6:30 PM18:30

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
7:00 PM19:00

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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David Gauke MP
Mar
6
12:00 PM12:00

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
7:00 PM19:00

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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The Rt. Hon. Dominic Grieve QC MP
Feb
13
7:00 PM19:00

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
6:30 PM18:30

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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The Rt. Hon. David Lidington MP
Feb
5
7:30 PM19:30

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
11:00 AM11:00

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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The Rt. Hon. Desmond Swayne TD MP
Jan
22
7:15 PM19:15

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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Jonathan Isaby, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance
Jun
16
7:00 PM19:00

Jonathan Isaby, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance

Jonathan Isaby joined the TaxPayers’ Alliance in 2011, and became its Chief Executive in January this year. The TPA campaigns and lobbies for lower taxes, less waste and better value for taxpayers.

Isaby was a prominent journalist at the Daily Telegraph for five years before becoming Co-Editor of ConservativeHome, making him the first journalist to leave a British national newspaper for the ‘blogosphere’. In 2010 he became the first blogger to be given a House of Commons lobby pass. He has also authored and co-authored books including Boris v Ken: How Boris Johnson Won London.

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Termly Dinner: Graham Brady MP, Chairman of the 1922 Committee
Jun
10
7:00 PM19:00

Termly Dinner: Graham Brady MP, Chairman of the 1922 Committee

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.

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Isabel Oakeshott
Jun
5
7:00 PM19:00

Isabel Oakeshott

Isabel Oakeshott was named Political Journalist of the Year at the 2012 UK Press Awards. In 2010 she became Political Editor of the Sunday Times, a post she held until earlier this year. Whilst at the Sunday Times, Oakeshott was the journalist who corresponded with Vicky Pryce and broke the story which led to the downfall of Pryce’s former husband, the Energy Secretary Chris Huhne.

Many members may also remember her as one of the weekly panellists on the Sunday Politics. She is currently collaborating with Lord Ashcroft to write a biography of David Cameron, to be published in 2015.  

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Chancellor George Osborne at Number 11 Downing Street
May
29
3:00 PM15:00

Chancellor George Osborne at Number 11 Downing Street

In 5th Week OUCA will have the privilege of visiting the Chancellor of the Exchequer at his official residence, 11 Downing Street. George Osborne studied History at Magdalen College before making a rapid rise through the Conservative Party. He is Prime Minister David Cameron’s closest ally, and is a senior strategist for the Party. 

The visit will include a tour of Number 11 before meeting the Chancellor. Places are limited and security is of course very tight, so the list of guests will be sent in advance and those on it will need to produce photo ID. As such, those interested should email the President (james.heywood@magd.ox.ac.uk) before Wednesday of 4th Week to be entered into a ballot.

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Conor Burns MP
May
16
7:00 PM19:00

Conor Burns MP

Conor Burns entered Parliament in 2010. He was a close friend of OUCA’s late Patron, Margaret Thatcher, in the later years of her life and visited her every week. He briefly served as a PPS before resigning from the government in 2012 in protest against the Coalition’s attempts at reform of the House of Lords. A Eurosceptic, before resigning Burns was the first member of the government to call for a referendum on EU membership to be legislated on for the next parliament. He is also one of only a handful of Tory MPs who is openly gay.

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Dan Hannan MEP
May
7
11:00 AM11:00

Dan Hannan MEP

Dan Hannan is a Member of the European Parliament for South West England. He served as President of OUCA whilst studying History at Oriel, and has been a strong Eurosceptic voice within the Party ever since. Hannan is an advocate of more direct democracy and an electoral pact with UKIP, and is staunchly pro-American. Probably the most prominent Conservative MEP, he is a regular guest in the media on shows like Question Time. He is also a frequent contributor to national newspapers, and has published several books.

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Nov
29
7:30 PM19:30

Termly Dinner with The Hon. Jacob Rees-Mogg MP

The pinnacle of the term, we are privileged to be joined by The Hon. Jacob Rees-Mogg MP.

Mr Rees-Mogg was President of the Association in Hilary Term 1991. He pursued a successful career in investment banking before being elected to represent North East Somerset in 2010.

In Parliament, Mr Rees-Mogg is renowned for his character, charm and charisma on the floor, his staunch euroscepticism and defence of traditional conservatism. He has been noted as one of the most rebellious Conservative MPs, whilst he has garnered broader attention following recent appearances on Have I Got News For You.

At just £39 for current members and £45 for Association alumni this is one of the most affordable Termly Dinners of late. This includes a champagne reception, fabulous four course meal, a healthy allowance of wine and port to finish.

Tickets may be purchased online, or pay direct to the Treasurer (cash/cheque/bank transfer): harry.challands@some.ox.ac.uk

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Nov
20
6:00 PM18:00

The Rt Hon. David Davis MP

Educated at Bec Grammar School, Tooting, the University of Warwick, London Business School and Harvard, Mr Davis spent almost two decades working in business. He was elected to represent Boothferry (later Haltemprice and Howden), serving as a Government Whip and a Minister in the Foreign Office, rising to Shadow Home Secretary. His leadership of Tory opinion over identity cards marked the beginning of his civil libertarian advocacy in Parliament.

In 2005 he ran for the Party leadership and was runner-up to David Cameron. He remained Shadow Home Secretary until 2008, when he notably resigned his seat to be re-elected on a civil libertarian platform, though retaining the Conservative whip, protesting the extension of detention-without-charge from 28 to 42 days. He has become known as an outspoken critic of both Labour and Conservative policies regarding civil liberties, most recently registering his opposition to the "snoopers charter" as proposed by the Home Secretary.

 

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Nov
12
2:30 PM14:30

The Rt Hon. Eric Pickles MP

Please note that the date of this event is now November 12th, not November 14th as previously advertised. Hosted at the Oxford Union

Educated at Greenhead Grammar School and Leeds Polytechnic, Mr Pickles was Chairman of the Young Conservatives in his twenties and elected as a Councillor in Bradford in 1979. Eight years later, Mr Pickles became leader of Bradford Council, where he first demonstrated his determination to cut waste from public services.

In 1992 he was elected to represent Brentwood and Ongar. He served various Shadow Ministerial positions before being promoted to the Shadow Cabinet in 2007, as Secretary of State for Communities & Local Government. He was Party Chairman from 2009 until the General Election, before resuming the DCLG brief. 

As Secretary of State, Mr Pickles has been hailed as one of the Coalition's "star performers", setting the standard for cutting government waste whilst also piloting the Localism Act through Parliament., which has radically altered the relationship and funding stream that operates between central and local government.

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Nov
7
6:30 PM18:30

The Rt Hon. Owen Paterson MP

Educated at Radley College and Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, Mr Paterson worked for his family's leather firm for 18 years before being elected to represent North Shropshire in 1997.

Mr Paterson has been a voice on agriculture in Parliament for over a decade, first appointed as Shadow Agriculture, Food & Fisheries Minister in 2003. He was appointed to the Shadow Cabinet in 2007, as Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, a brief he continued to hold when the Coalition took power in 2010. In this role he oversaw the publication of the Saville Report into the events surrounding Bloody Sunday.

In 2012, Mr Paterson was appointed as Secretary of State for the Environment, Food & Rural Affairs. In this role, he has been known to resist Liberal Democrat climate change policies and to oppose HS2.

 

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Oct
17
6:30 PM18:30

The Rt Hon. Peter Lilley MP

Educated at Dulwich College and Clare College, Cambridge, Mr Lilley pursued a career in energy, serving briefly as Chairman of the Bow Group and as a Consultant for the Conservative Research Department before being elected to represent St Albans in 1983.

Having been PPS to Nigel Lawson (Chancellor of the Exchequer) from 1984-87, Mr Lilley rose to ministerial positions in the Treasury before being appointed Secretary of State for Trade & Industry during Mrs Thatcher's last government. He subsequently served as Secretary of State for Social Security for the duration of John Major's premiership, before unsuccessfully contesting the leadership in 1997. Mr Lilley shadowed Gordon Brown for a year before retiring from front bench politics in 1999.

Since then Mr Lilley has continued to scrutinise from the backbenches, as a media commentator, and by writing policy papers for the Conservative Party and centre-right think tanks, particularly as an advocate for free markets and a climate change sceptic.

 

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