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Margaret Thatcher Conference on Britain and America

Tuesday 25th June 2019

    The Margaret Thatcher Conference is the flagship annual event for the Centre for Policy Studies. Held in association with the City of London, the event attracts Nobel Laureates (including, most recently, Dr Henry Kissinger), Pulitzer Prize winners, members of the British Government, and leading statesmen and women from across the world.

    This year, to mark the 40th anniversary of the Lady Thatcher’s arrival in Downing Street, we are examining a relationship that is as central today as it was then – between Britain and America.

    The relationship between London and Washington has been the central axis of UK foreign policy for decades - and was at the heart of Thatcher’s thinking. But a new age brings new challenges.

    In an atmosphere of turbulence on both sides of the Atlantic, what is the state of the political, economic and diplomatic ties between our countries? And how can they be strengthened further? 


    Robert Wood Johnson
    US Ambassador to the UK

    Rt Hon Liam Fox
    Secretary of State
    for International Trade


    Rt Hon George Osborne
    Editor Evening Standard,
    Former Chancellor of the


    Dr Andy Palmer
    President and Group CEO,
    Aston Martin Lagonda


    Prof. Niall Ferguson
    Author and Senior Fellow,
    Hoover Institution


    John Glen MP
    Economic Secretary to the
    Treasury and City Minister


    Megan McArdle
    Washington Post


    Catherine McGuinness
    Chair, Policy & Resources
    Committee, City of
    London Corporation


    Lord Saatchi
    Chairman, Centre for
    Policy Studies



    Dr Ryan Streeter
    Director of Domestic Policy
    Studies, American Enterprise


    Dr Karin von Hippel
    Director General, Royal
    United Services Institute


    Anne Applebaum
    Author, Washington Post

    Dr Judy Shelton
    US Director of the European
    Bank for Reconstruction and

     Joseph C. Sternberg

    Joseph C. Sternberg
    Member of Editorial Board,
    The Wall Street Journal

    Allister Heath 
    Editor of the Sunday Telegraph


    The conference will be followed by a private dinner at the Guildhall addressed by a senior cabinet minister. 

    For more information about the dinner, or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Callum Price, Head of External Relations, on [email protected] or call 07796 565754.

    Please see the agenda below for the running times and order of the day. 



    1200 – Registration

    1230 – Introduction
    Lord Maurice Saatchi, Chairman of the Centre for Policy Studies
    Catherine McGuinness, Chair of the Policy and Resources Committee, City of London Corporation

    1250 – Opening Keynote
    The Rt Hon Dr Liam Fox MP, Secretary of State for International Trade

    1330 – The Future of the Defence and Security Relationship
    Dr Karin von Hippel, Director-General of the Royal United Services Institute
    The Rt Hon Sir Michael Fallon MP, former Secretary of State for Defence
    Deborah Haynes, Foreign Affairs Editor at Sky News
    Richard Daniel, Chief Executive and Managing Director at Raytheon

    1430 – Coffee Break

    1450 – The Anglo-Saxon Model: In Need of Repair?
    Megan McArdle, Columnist for The Washington Post
    Dr Ryan Streeter, Director of Domestic Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute
    Anne Applebaum, Author, Washington Post Columnist, and Professor of Practice at the Institute of Global Affairs
    Allister Heath, Editor of the Sunday Telegraph

    1550 – Coffee Break

    1610 – Let’s Make a Deal: The Future of UK-US Trade
    John Glen MP, Economic Secretary to the Treasury & City Minister
    Dr Judy Shelton, United States Director of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
    Dr Andy Palmer, President and Group CEO of Aston Martin Lagonda
    Joseph Sternberg, Columnist for The Wall Street Journal  

    1720 – In Conversation…
    Prof Niall Ferguson, Author and Historian
    The Rt Hon George Osborne, former Chancellor of the Exchequer and Editor of The Evening Standard

    1810 – Closing Keynote
    Ambassador Robert Wood Johnson, US Ambassador to the UK

    1830 – End


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