For Traditional Conservatism and Unionism
The London Swinton Circle was founded in 1961. Its original membership was composed solely of those who had attended Conservative Party training schools at Swinton Castle in Yorkshire, and who wished to maintain contact with each other through regular meetings in London. Since that time, however, the London Swinton Circle has expanded its membership, and now welcomes members from all backgrounds who support traditional Conservative and Unionist principles.
The Circle holds regular meetings which are addressed by speakers on issues of interest to the Circle. Over the years the Circle has been addressed by members of
the Conservative Party, the United Kingdom Independence Party and from the Ulster Unionist parties. The Circle has also been addressed by a number of authors, journalists, campaigners and other political commentators.
The Circle was hosted by Damian Green MP on 14 January. A strong case was made for a Conservative manifesto commitment to increase the number of grammar schools (as centres of academic excellence) in England so that there would be two in every English city and more in rural areas. The benefits of social mobility which grammars in the past brought about were emphasised. Oxbridge admission had become more elitist with the abolition of so many grammar schools since the 1970s and this was very much to be regretted. Bob McCartney QC advised a commitment to repealing the 1998 Education Act which he said was a positive hindrance to the establishment of new grammar schools. A lively Q&A session followed
A minute's silence was held at the meeting for the recent victims of terrorism.
Forthcoming MeetingsOur next meeting will be in February. Full details will be circulated to members.
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