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Baroness (Caroline) Cox became a Life Peer in 1982 for her contributions to education and has served as a Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords from 1985 to 2005. Lady Cox now sits in the Lords as a crossbencher and is a frequent contributor to Lords debates on Sudan, India, Nigeria, Uganda, and Burma.
Baroness Cox’s humanitarian aid work has taken her on many missions to conflict zones, allowing her to obtain first-hand evidence of the human rights violations and humanitarian needs. Areas travelled include the Armenian enclave of Nagorno Karabakh; Sudan; Nigeria; Uganda; the Karen; Karenni; Shan and Chin peoples in the jungles of Burma; and communities suffering from conflict in Indonesia. She has also visited North Korea helping to promote Parliamentary initiatives and medical programmes. Additionally, Caroline has been instrumental in helping to change the former Soviet Union policies for orphaned and abandoned children from institutional to foster family care.
In recognition of her work in the international humanitarian and human rights arenas over the past twenty years, she had been awarded the Commander Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland; the prestigious Wilberforce Award; the International Mother Teresa Award from the All India Christian Council; the Mkhitar Gosh Medal conferred by the President of the Republic of Armenia; and the anniversary medal presented by Lech Walesa, the former President of Poland, at the 25th anniversary of the Polish Solidarity Movement. Lady Cox has also been awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of England and Honorary Doctorates by universities in the United Kingdom, the United States of America, the Russian Federation and Armenia.
Born in Russia and educated at Moscow University, Alexander Boot lectured on English literature, wrote art and film criticism, and made a nuisance of himself with the authorities. Pursued by the KGB, he emigrated in 1973, first to the USA and then, in 1988, to the UK. For a long time he combined writing for various publications with a successful business career. When this became difficult, he retired as company director in 2005 and began to write full-time. Alexander Boot is the author of How the West Was Lost (2006), God and Man According to Tolstoy(2009), The Crisis Behind Our Crisis (2011), How the Future Worked (2013), Democracy as a Neocon Trick (2014) and co-author of A Nation That Forgot God(2010). He divides his time between London and Burgundy, working on his next book.
Head of Campaigns, The Freedom Association
Andrew joined The Freedom Association as Campaign Manager in February 2014, having previously been National Grassroots Coordinator at the TaxPayers’ Alliance, where he oversaw a large increase in grassroots campaigning. He was promoted to Head of Campaigns in January 2015.
Born and raised in Co. Durham, Andrew has been interested in all things political from an early age, and first campaigned in the 1987 General Election. In October 2013, a report he authored revealed the alarming number of councils in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire who were preventing members of the public recording and reporting at council meetings. The report was cited by Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which then led to a change in the law.
Andrew makes regular appearances on radio and television, and has articles published in the Yorkshire Post, Sunday Express, and on the influential ConservativeHome website.
He now lives near Beverley in East Yorkshire with his wife, two sons, and three cats, and, prior to becoming a full-time political campaigner, he ran his own driving school business for over ten years.
He tweets at @Andrew_Allison
Founder, Margaret Thatcher Centre
Donal Blaney is the founder of the Margaret Thatcher Centre and Principal of Griffin Law, a niche litigation practice with offices in London, Kent and the United States. He is a former National Chairman of the Conservative Graduates, Conservative Future, Conservative Way Forward and the Young Britons’ Foundation. He is a strong supporter of military veterans’ charities having been inspired by his wife’s service in the US Army in Iraq. A Liverpool FC season ticket holder, Donal divides his time between England, Florida and the British Virgin Islands.
He tweets at @Donal_Blaney
Senior Research Fellow in The Heritage Foundation’s Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom
Ted studies and writes on Anglo-American relations, U.S. and British relations with Europe and the European Union, the U.S.’s leadership role in the world, and international organizations.
Ted, who joined Heritage in 2008, previously served nine years as associate director of Yale University’s International Security Studies, a center dedicated to the study and teaching of diplomatic history and grand strategy. He was a lecturer in history and, from 2004, in international affairs for Yale’s Master of Arts program.
A columnist forNewsday and for the Yorkshire Post, he also writes regularly for National Review, the Weekly Standard, Commentary, FoxNews.com and Breitbart News’ National Security, and, in Britain, The Commentator. He has been interviewed or cited by BBC News, CBS News, Fox News Channel, CNN, Radio Free Europe, Christian Science Monitor, Time and the Financial Times, among others.
He tweets at @Bromund
Director, The Freedom Association
Rory joined The Freedom Association from his own consulting activities and has previously worked in the City of London for numerous small businesses and Westminster for a number of MPs including Theresa May, Sir Richard Shepherd and Graham Brady.
As Director of both The Freedom Association and the Better Off Out campaign, Rory is putting the positive case for freedom and why the UK would be better off being independent from Brussels. He is author of “Membership of the EU: There Are Alternatives”, “The EU’s Effect on the UK’s Place in the World” and “The Future’s Bright – The Future’s Global” and co-authored The Freedom Association’s entry into the Brexit Prize, a competition run by the Institute of Economic Affairs, which won a €10,000 prize in 2014. This entry was co-authored with Iain Murray of the US-based Competitive Enterprise Institute.
Rory is both a British and Swiss citizen and has previously been a Director and Board Member of the United Nations Association – UK. He holds a First Class degree in Politics from the University of York along with Masters degrees from both City University London and Warwick Business School.
He tweets at @RoryBroomfield
UKIP, East Midlands
Jonathan was born in born 1963 and attended Nottingham High School before studying at Portsmouth, receiving a BA (Hons) degree in politics. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts (FRSA).
He began his career working in the House of Commons for former MPs Andrew Stewart and Sir Richard Ottaway, before going on to work in advertising agencies, becoming an account director responsible for a number of accounts.
He subsequently worked for the Advertising Association (1994-1997) and for the British Road Federation (1997-2001), both in similar head of public relations roles.
In 2002 he was appointed Director of Policy at the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (UK), working there for five years, before being appointed to a cabinet position on Kettering Borough Council in 2007.
He fought the Parliamentary seats of Manchester Gorton (1992) and Gedling (2001) and the 2004 European Elections in the East Midlands for the Conservative Party and was elected to Kettering Borough Council in 2007, representing the ward of Queen Eleanor & Buccleuch, and appointed to the Cabinet of the Council in the same year. He was re-elected to Kettering Borough Council in 2011, again representing the same ward.
In 2012 he moved to UKIP citing disillusionment with David Cameron and the Conservative Party on the EU as well as the general leftward drift of the Conservative Party. He fought the Northamptonshire County Council seat of Ise for UKIP in 2013 and 2017 and for UKIP in the 2014 European Elections, where he was third on the UKIP list.
Following the retirement of Roger Helmer at the end of July 2017, he moved up the list to succeed Helmer as an MEP for the East Midlands on 1 August 2017.
He tweets at: @JonathanMEP
Conservative, Bournemouth West
Conor was born in Northern Ireland in 1972 although at a young age his parents moved the family from Belfast to Hertfordshire where Conor grew up. On leaving school Conor took a degree in Modern History and Politics at the University of Southampton during which time he was also Chairman of the Southampton University Conservative Association.
In 1999 Conor began a short stint as a Councillor on Southampton City Council for the inner city St Lukes Ward. In the same year he was chosen to be Parliamentary candidate for Eastleigh a seat he fought in the general elections of 2001 and 2005 losing to Chris Huhne by 558 votes in 2005.
In his career in the private sector before entering Parliament Conor worked as Company Secretary and Head of Business Development for a start up Information Services company as well as roles in the communications and financial services sectors.
Elected to Parliament for Bournemouth West in the general election of 2010, he was returned with a greatly increased majority in 2015.
He tweets at @conorburns_mp
UKIP, West Midlands
Bill was elected as a UKIP MEP for the West Midlands in 2014. Prior to that, he stood as UKIP’s candidate for Police and Crime Commissioner in the West Midlands in 2012. He is also a councillor for the Sedgley Ward in Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council.
Before entering politics in 2009, Bill was employed for 20 years in the steel and manufacturing industry.
He tweets at @BillDudleyNorth
Editor, Brexit Central
Jonathan Isaby has been Editor of BrexitCentral since its founding in September 2016. His journalistic career has seen him working for the full range of broadcast, print and online media, having initially joined the BBC as a political analyst in the corporation’s busy Westminster newsroom on graduating from the University of York in 1999. Four years later he was recruited by the Daily Telegraph, where he spent five years, latterly writing his own political column, as well as blogging about politics on its website. In 2008 he became Co-Editor of ConservativeHome.com, making him the first journalist from a British national newspaper to leave the mainstream media to become a full-time professional blogger.
After reporting on the run-up to the momentous 2010 general election, then covering and analysing the first year of the Coalition Government, he joined the TaxPayers’ Alliance as Political Director in 2011, becoming its Chief Executive in January 2014 until his departure for BrexitCentral. A fervent eurosceptic since his teenage years (he once got a detention for challenging his German teacher about the merits of the EU), Jonathan frequently appears as a commentator on current affairs on local and national television and radio.
He helped research Dean Godson’s acclaimed biography of David Trimble, Himself Alone, while Boris v Ken: How Boris Johnson Won London, which he co-wrote with Giles Edwards, was published in June 2008. Away from the political arena, Jonathan is married with a young son. He is a devoted fan of Coronation Street and enjoys listening to an eclectic mix of music: he owns every single Now That’s What I Call Music! album and his complete collection once saw him make an unlikely appearance on page three of The Sun.
He tweets at @Isaby
Rev’d Dr Peter Mullen has been a Church of England priest for forty-six years. He has served as a country parson, a school chaplain and most recently Rector of St Michael’s, Cornhill and Priest-in-Charge of St Sepulchre-without-Newgate. In the millennium year he was Chaplain to the Lord Mayor of London.
He has written numerous articles for national and local newspapers and magazines, written and presented documentary series for Radio Four on Mozart, Mahler and The Book of Common Prayer. He is the author of more than forty books: philosophy, theology, literary and musical criticism (including a history of the Promenade Concerts); six novels and two collections of poems.
Peter’s most recent book is the memoir “Unreal City: A Priest in the Square Mile.” (Bretwalda)
Chief Executive, The Freedom Association
Simon became a Member of The Freedom Association in 1976, when he was a school student. In 2002 he was appointed Editor of TFA’s magazine, Freedom Today, and, from 2004, also ran its web sites. He was made Director of TFA in 2008 and Chief Executive in 2014.
With Mark Wallace and Christopher Gill, Simon set up the Better Off Out campaign in 2006. He introduced Free Spirits events, to put the freedom message to young people, in 2007, and started setting up Freedom Societies at universities from 2008, when he also devised the first Freedom Zone, on the Conservative Party Conference Fringe. In 2014 he came up with The Freedom Festival, which proved so successful that it has now become an annual event.
Born in Llandaff, Cardiff, Simon read History at King’s College, London, where he was Chairman of the Conservative Association, a sabbatical student union officer and National Vice-Chairman of the Federation of Conservative Students. Simon has worked in retailing and marketing, in both private and public sectors. Based in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, he enjoys having one foot in the Westminster Village and the other firmly planted in the real world beyond. Simon describes himself as a Thatcherite, with a strong belief in individual freedom and tolerance.
He tweets at @SimplySimonTFA
Chairman, The Freedom Association
Sir Mark was born in 1961, in Staffordshire. He has a BA Honours degree in History from King’s College, London. From 1986 to 1992 he was a parliamentary aide to several MPs. In 1992 he was appointed as political secretary followed by private secretary to Lady Thatcher and he continued in that capacity for the next 21 years until her death. He was also Director of the Margaret Thatcher Foundation from 1992 until 2010. Sir Mark was a founding board member of the Bruges Group and a board member of Conservative Way Forward from 2006-2010. He is an advisor to the Margaret Thatcher Centre for Freedom at the Heritage Foundation in Washington and an advisor to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation. With Lady Thatcher, he was involved with a number of charities and still maintains active links with those, such as the Royal Hospital Chelsea and the Falklands Veterans Assn. He is also a member of the Court of Patrons of the Thrombosis Research Institute.
Sir Mark is now an independent business consultant specialising in government/public affairs/international advice. He was appointed an OBE in 2005 and KB in 2014.