Conservative Policy Forum

Wednesday, 23rd January 2019

The Sutton Borough Conservative Policy Forum (CPF) would like to invite you to express your views at its next event on ‘What should Britain’s role be in the world?’. How can we maximise our soft power through our aid, trade, and security commitments? How can we make ourselves safer and create more trade in a dangerous world? If you will be coming, please can you let me know by emailing

Where: Belmont Conservative Club, 31-33 Station Road, Sutton, London, England, SM2 6BX

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When: 23 Jan 2019

Time: 19.30

You can watch a short video here, with CPF Chairman George Freeman MP introducing the subject.

Attached is a paper for your consideration and these are some of the questions we will be discussing:

1. What should a Conservative-led UK Government seek to achieve in the world?

2. What is the UK’s unique selling point as a global player, and what should our commitments be to other countries? What should be the role of the Commonwealth?

3. On what global issues can the UK have the biggest impact and exercise the most leverage?

4. How should we best target our resources? How should we best prioritise our aid commitments?

5. How can we give today’s school and college-leavers better exposure to the challenge and opportunities of the rapidly-growing “BRICS” economies (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa)?

6. How can we help more UK companies export outside the EU?

7. How might we balance our future economic, strategic and humanitarian needs and responsibilities in the world – in the areas of defence & security, soft power, diplomatic priorities, boosting trade, and international development?

8. What metrics could we use to measure the success of Global Britain?

9. Is there any other question you think should have been asked or observation you would like to make? 

A summary of responses to this paper will be sent to the Secretaries of State for Defence, International Trade and International Development; CPF Chairman, George Freeman MP; and the Prime Minister’s Policy Unit within a month of the closing date for submissions.

Thank you to those of you who joined us to debate Health and Social Care. The response from Dr James Kent, Deputy Director of the Prime Minister’s Policy Unit, Special Adviser on Health and Social Care can be found here.


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