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 Swinton Circle's meeting on 6 November was hosted by Baroness Knight of Collingtree in the House of Lords. Baroness Knight expressed the need for something to be done about the European Union, and commented on immigration. She noted the expected impact that the passing of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 will have on the Conservatives' electoral chances at the forthcoming European elections, and she highlighted the ever rising predicted costs of the HS2, and its effect on the environment. Baroness Knight informed the Circle about the work that she has done on opposing the inhuman Liverpool Care Pathway, and about the issue of sex-selective abortion as practiced under abortion-on-demand and the urgent need for a change in the law. Members paid tribute to Baroness Knight's 48 years (and counting) of dedicated service to the British nation in Commons & Lords.
On 3 December Chris McGovern of the Campaign for Real Education addressed the Circle on the huge disappointment which is the 2014 National Curriculum. In particular History where astonishingly the teaching of the two World Wars will not be compulsory, nor are there are any references to Nelson or Wellington. McGovern detailed Britain's general educational decline, the key factors in that decline, and he proposed solutions. He explained MPs appear to have no understanding as to what has happened and the national media have largely ignored the subject or played down the scale of the sell-out to unpatriotic lobbies by the Secretary of State. Michael Gove's promised reforms have simply not happened.
Forthcoming MeetingsOur next meeting will be in January. Full details of the meeting will be circulated to members.
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