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If 2013 was a good year for the CPS...


    Some highlights:

    • Last Tuesday’s announcement that the Davies Commission has short-listed a variant of our Heathrow HubJock Lowe and Mark Bostock’s proposals for a simple, cheap, quiet and privately funded solution to the UK’s airport problem are on the short list – the only think tank solution to Heathrow to have made it that far.
    • Neither Just Nor Secure by Anthony Peto QC and Andrew Tyrie MP: this report on the Justice and Security Bill won Prospect Magazine’s ‘Think-tank publication of the year’ award in July. With over 2,000 publications emanating from London’s think tanks, this was a well-deserved tribute to a brilliant report.
    • Rail’s Second Chance by Tony Lodge: this paper, which advocated introducing greater competition on the rail network, is now proving very influential at the Department for Transport as the next round of rail franchises is being considered. More to follow in the new year.
    • Three key lectures:

    Boris Johnson delivered the Third Margaret Thatcher Lecture to great acclaim

    Michael Gove MP delivered the Keith Joseph Memorial Lecture

    Michael Fallon MP, in his first major speech after being appointed to BIS, set out his plans for deregulation.

    • Policy into Action: the CPS is providing the secretariat to the 1922 Committee’s Public Services Group, chaired by Steve Baker MP. In this capacity, we are co-ordinating the work of all UK think tanks in putting forward policy proposals in health, education and transport to the Policy Commission chaired by Michael Gove MP (Deputy Chair, Jeremy Hunt MP).

    Sadly, we also mourned the death of Margaret Thatcher in April. With Sir Keith Joseph, she founded the CPS to advocate policies based on a small state, low taxes, individual responsibility and, above all, freedom. CPS Chairman Lord Saatchi’s Hard Talk interview, broadcast shortly after her death, was watched by many millions of people around the world. We will continue to fight for the ideas that made her such a great Prime Minister. 

    A major Conference on Liberty
    2014 is the 40th anniversary of our foundation. To celebrate this event, we will be holding a major international conference at the Guildhall, the inaugural Margaret Thatcher Conference on Liberty. A range of influential speakers has already agreed to speak, including former Australian PM John Howard, former Spanish President Aznar, former Czech PM Vaclav Klaus, Professor Deidre McCloskey, Professor Niall Ferguson, Professor Richard Epstein, Irwin Stelzer and many others. We are also talking to many of the leading Republican 2016 Presidential hopefuls. More news on other very exciting – and perhaps unexpected – speakers in the new year.
    The world’s first digital think tank

    We are determined that this Conference – splendid though it will be – will not be a “one-off event”. In conjunction with leading think tanks around the world, we will launch the world’s first digital think-tank, designed to lead free market debate across the globe.
    The Big Idea for 2015
    At the Conference, we will also be publishing the ‘Big Idea’ for 2015, an iconic policy that can resonate in the same way as “Own Your Own Home” did in the 1980s. Lord Saatchi set out why this is so necessary, and the two main themes which are directing our thinking, in his Newsnight interview.
    None of this would be possible without the support of our Board, the dedicated work of our authors, research fellows and all the staff at 57 Tufton Street, our generous donors, our enthusiastic associate members and all those involved in our work. We are incredibly grateful for your support. Thank you.

    Best wishes for a happy Christmas and a prosperous (and for the CPS a very exciting) New Year. 

    Tim Knox was Director of the CPS from 2011-2017. Before he was Director, Tim was the Editor at the CPS - a position in which he was responsible for publishing papers by every Conservative leader since Mrs Thatcher as well as by hundreds of leading academics and opinion formers.

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