Conservative Policy Forum

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The CPF gives Members of the Party the opportunity to take part in policy discussions and get their voice heard.


What does CPF do?

The CPF is a national Party Group that gives Members the opportunity to discuss the major policy challenges facing Britain. The CPF is chaired by Oliver Letwin, Minister for Government Policy. CPF groups are active in Constituencies in every Region and Area.

What is the aim of the CPF?

  • build policy for the long-term; and
  • shift power to the people.

The 2015 Conservative Government is begining to fulfil many of its Manifesto commitments including:

  • stabilisation of public finances;
  • modernisation of public services; and
  • people power and the Big Society.

But we can’t sit back and think our work will be done – Britain will change, and with that change will come new challenges. We need to look ahead to the future challenges that Britain will face in 2020 and beyond.

And that’s where you come in.

We want you to think through the challenges that Britain will face in the years to come:

  • What will the state of Britain be in 2020?
  • How will the Government’s current structural modernisation programme change Britain – and what new challenges will emerge as a result?
  • What are the likely economic, social, security and environmental pressures which we will face in 2020?

The background

Following the success of the 2010-2015 CPF Policy evaluations, we are relaunching a similar exercise for the 2015-2020 Parliament. As before an ‘Issues Document’ which will gave a steer – but by no means a comprehensive steer – as to the sorts of questions we’re looking to you to ask. For example, which questions will we need to ask to be able to deal with:

  • an ageing population;

  • new security challenges;
  • changes in technology and innovation;
  • our skills base;
  • increasing pressures on natural resources;
  • challenges from emerging economies;
  • geographical differences in our nation; and
  • the causes of poverty?

These are just some of the areas we want you to look into. We want you to think as widely and as deeply as possible. So, for example, looking at the changes in technology and innovation: what will those changes be, where will they come from, what will be their positive effects, and what will be their negative effects?

The CPF Programme

In 2011, Oliver Letwin handed us our next set of priorities - the Ideas Challenge. Threse areas vital for development for the 2015 manifesto:

  • Productivity;
  • Demographic ageing; and
  • the Cities, Towns and Villages of the Future.

We use this list as a basis for our discussion topics. But it is important that CPF members think as widely as possible – we're not restricted to these topics; they’re a steer to help us get started!

Our local group meets once a month.  We don't have to discuss the topic we set – but if we do respond to it, there is a process through which our responses go to the relevant Conservative Minister.

If our group wants to talk about, and submit a paper on, another topic, CPF will log it nationally and try and find it a home – perhaps with the relevant Conservative Minister or an expert member of one of our Sectoral Groups. In every case, it will be read!

How can you get involved?

By joining our local CPF group you will be able to contribute to these discussions. CPF nationally is also encouraging CPF groups to take their discussions out to local communities who are directly affected by the policies we are going to be discussing.

The CPF are planning an exciting programme for the future with more opportunities for new Members to meet with MPs and Ministers to discuss Party Policy.

How do CPF Groups work?

  • Our CPF Group contributes to the campaigning strength of the Association
  • Our CPF Group will meet throughout the year.
  • Our Group will report back to the centre.
  • Our Group will be encouraged to reach out to the rest of their communities to discuss their ideas.
  • A compendium of the views on the set papers on future challenges will go to the relevant Conservative Minister who will then respond.


For further details email The Chairman of the Altrincham & Sale West group.