The Thatcherite pressure group at the heart of the Tory bullying scandal

This is an excellent piece that shows just how personally nasty Thatcher’s legacy in the Tory party is. I am slightly surprised that the bullying scandal has made a chink in their self-image, as they actually seem to relish being cruel and bullying. Spitting Image portrayed Norman Tebbit, for example, as a skinhead thug and Thatcher’s personal bully boy. But the man himself then went on TV to say he liked it as it showed he was the little man standing up to the big boys. Like the unions. It was completely the opposite of what was portrayed on screen, but nevertheless, that was the way Normo Tebbs preferred to see it.

Most people, I expect, have never heard of Conservative Way Forward, in the same way that many of the organisations in the Tory party that had links to the far right were not known. Lobster in the 1990s published a series of fascinating articles about them and their influence. We clearly could do with some of the same here.

Pride's Purge


With all the pages of copy that have been filed in the media about the Tory bullying scandal, it’s surprising how little has been written about the organisation at the heart of the bullying allegations – Conservative Way Forward.

CWF is a VERY important and influential organisation within the Tory Party. It is seen as the gatekeeper of Thatcher’s legacy. Here is its official list of presidents and patrons – a rollcall of Thatcherite luminaries, beginning with Thatcher herself:

The Rt Hon Baroness Thatcher of Kesteven LG OM FRS
Christopher Chope OBE MP
The Rt Hon Dr Liam Fox MP
The Rt Hon Greg Hands MP
The Rt Hon Lord Hague of Richmond FRSL
The Rt Hon Lord Parkinson of Carnforth
The Rt Hon Lord Tebbit of Chingford CH
Sir Gerald Howarth MP – Chairman
James Cleverly MP – Deputy Chairman
Conor Burns MP
Rt. Hon. Greg Hands MP

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