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Restoring Self-Government to Britain

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Restoring Self-Government to Britain
The future for Britain outside the EU

Saturday, 22nd November 2014

The Speakers

Morning Session: Afternoon Session: Evening Session:
UKIP vs Conservatives British Sovereignty The EU and Global Warming
Mark Reckless
Mark Reckless is the UKIP Parliamentary Candidate in the Rochester and Strood by-election.
Mark graduated in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University and has an MBA from Columbia Business School. More recently he has trained as a barrister, gaining an LLB from the College of Law and being called to the Bar in 2007. He was elected as the Member of Parliament for Rochester and Strood in 2010 and was a member of the influential Home Affairs Select Committee. Mark was also Chairman of the Campaign for an Independent Britain.
Previously, Mark was UK Economist for the investment bank Warburgs and was rated as one of the top three economists in the City. He has also worked for the Conservative Party Policy Unit, where he developed new policies for tackling youth crime and police governance.
Sir William Cash MP
Bill Cash is the Member for stone and was shadow Attorney general from 2001 to 2003. He is the Chairman of the House of Commons European Scrutiny Committee. He was also Chairman of the Conservative Backbench Committee of European Affairs 1988-91. In advance of what became the Maastricht Intergovernmental Conference Bill declined a government position in 1991, choosing instead to orchestrate opposition to the Maastricht Treaty and founded the Maastricht Referendum Campaign. Bill was voted Parliamentary Campaigner of the Year 1991 by an independent panel of journalists.
Bill Cash is the Chairman of the European Foundation and was also Chairman of the Parliamentary Friends of the Bruges Group in the House of Commons. His publications include; Associated, Not Absorbed – The Associated European Area, Are we really Winning on Europe?, Against a Federal Europe: The Battle for Britain and British and German National Interests.
Rt Hon. Peter Lilley MP
After a successful career in business peter Lilley entered politics and joined Mrs Thatcher’s Cabinet as Secretary of State for Trade and Industry 1990-1992. From 1992 – 1997 he was Secretary of State for Social Security. He also served as Shadow Chancellor and Deputy Leader of the Conservative party. His publications include, Do You Sincerely Want to Win? - Defeating Terrorism in Ulster. Taking Liberties. And, Too much of a Good Thing? A Balanced Immigration Policy. Peter Lilley famously said in a speech in parliament that because the EU makes 80% of our new laws, MP's pay should be cut to reflect their diminished role.
Peter Lilley is a critic of the belief in catastrophic anthropogenic global warming. During a debate on the Climate Change Act Peter Lilley stated in the House of Commons that "it is now snowing outside, in October."
Mark Pritchard MP
Mark is the Conservative Member of Parliament for The Wrekin in Shropshire which he has represented since 2005. In March 2012 he resigned from a party position due to concerns over an increasing number of government policies, including those on immigration and Europe. He also argued that the government needs a more robust policy on immigration and that it is timid over Europe, and that the EU is holding back growth and costing jobs.
His political interests include, defence, foreign affairs, counter-terrorism, cyber-security and animal welfare. He is a member of the Joint National Security Strategy Committee and a member of the UK’s Parliamentary delegation to NATO.
Ewen Stewart
Ewen Stewart is Consulting Director of Global Britain. He read Economics and Politics at Aberdeen University and has worked in The City for over twenty-five years in fund management and equity strategy with major investment banks. He is the founding Director of Walbrook Economics which specialises in advising professional investors including institutions, hedge funds and wealth managers on their investment strategies. Ewen's work has been published extensively focusing on macro-economic and monetary policy, tax reform and Britain's relationship with Europe. Recent published work includes Masking the Symptoms, a critique of QE for the Centre of Policy Studies and for the TaxPayers' Alliance, Stamp Duty - a counterproductive tax. He has given lectures for, amongst others, the Institute of Economic Affairs and at Pembroke College, Cambridge on monetary policy. He is on the Management Council of the Freedom Association and on the Advisory Board of The Cobden Centre.
Jeremy Nieboer
Jeremy Nieboer, educated at Harrow School and Oxford, was called to the Bar in 1965 and admitted as a Solicitor in 1970. As a lawyer he specialises in corporate and commercial law. He worked with the Democracy Movement on opposition to EMU from 1998 – 2000 and does regular talks to schools, including 6th forms, on EU issues. Here he has often debated against speakers from the European Movement and Britain in Europe. Jeremy Nieboer was the lead solicitor on the application to the High Court and Court of Appeal for a judicial review of the then Foreign Secretary’s (Douglas Hurd) decision to ratify the Maastricht Treaty in 1993. Here he worked alongside Bill Cash MP, Lord Rees – Mogg, David Pannick QC and Martin Howe QC on the application. He is the author of The Pros and Cons of Economic and Monetary Union and the Bruges Group booklet A Lesson in Democracy: Comparing the EU and the US response to climate alarmism.
    Rupert Darwall
London-based Rupert Darwall has two decades’ experience in finance and public policy. He was a special adviser to Norman Lamont the Chancellor of the Exchequer at the UK Treasury in 1993. Rupert was a consultant to the Conservative party during the 2005 general election. He has advised companies on their bids for multi-billion dollar government public-private partnerships on their regulatory and anti-trust strategies and worked with leading Private Equity houses on public-to-private transactions. Rupert's published writings on reforming Britain’s civil service and tax credits have been widely cited. He has also written for the Financial Times and the Wall Street Journal on British politics. He is the author of Global Warming: A Short History.