Articles by: Emily Barley

Conservatism, Elections

Honesty, openness and authenticity are the only way the Conservative Party can win back the credibility it has lost

Honesty, openness and authenticity are the only way the Conservative Party can win back the credibility it has lost

Just a few days after the general election I wrote on these pages that I was worried. Worried that if the Conservative Party continued focusing on the positives of the campaign and the result we would not reach a full and proper understanding of what went wrong and why. I […]

by × September 1, 2017 ×

Conservatism

Why are young Tories so dogged by scandal?

Why are young Tories so dogged by scandal?

Conservative activists up and down the country find themselves groaning (again) as a scandal involving young Tories unfolds (again). I’m not going to write about the debacle surrounding the launch of ‘grassroots’ organisation ‘Activate’. Suffice to say it has been disaster, and the approach and comments of members of the […]

by × August 30, 2017 ×

Events

Announcing Freedom Fizz 2017

Announcing Freedom Fizz 2017

Yes, we’re doing it all over again. The concept is very simple: Conservative Party Conference, freedom-loving speakers, a lot of fizz, and you. It’s a format that has served us well since 2014. Our speakers for 2017 will be announced over the coming weeks, but you can rest assured that […]

by × August 1, 2017 ×

#GE4L

Tories in denial: We lost this election

Tories in denial: We lost this election

It is natural for people to look for silver linings when something bad has happened, but unless there is a proper assessment of what went wrong and why, this can look dangerously like being in denial. And this week’s general election result is no different. Already I see MPs and […]

by × June 10, 2017 ×

Health, Health & Environment

No, we shouldn’t ‘take politics out of the NHS’

No, we shouldn’t ‘take politics out of the NHS’

Every few weeks someone pops up and says that politics – and politicians – need to be taken out of the NHS. The person proposing this change usually argues one or two things: first, that the NHS has become ‘a political football’, and being subject to the whims of politicians […]

by × March 16, 2017 ×

Economic, Economy, News, Taxation

The shape of our economy is changing – and government needs to catch up

The shape of our economy is changing – and government needs to catch up

More sophisticated technology coupled with the necessity created by the 2008/9 recession and a slow economy since then has led to transformation in some areas of the UK economy – and the trend is set to continue. This has clearly worried the government. Last week in the Spring Budget the […]

by × March 14, 2017 ×

Events

We call on the government to withdraw from the European Arrest Warrant

We call on the government to withdraw from the European Arrest Warrant

Join Conservatives for Liberty and special guest speakers from inside and outside Parliament on 28th February as we ask the government to withdraw from the European Arrest Warrant (EAW) as part of its Brexit negotiations, and make interim arrangements to protect people living in the UK from abuses of the […]

by × February 13, 2017 ×

Health, Health & Environment

You’re all wrong: A bigger NHS budget won’t solve the crisis in delayed discharge. This will.

You’re all wrong: A bigger NHS budget won’t solve the crisis in delayed discharge. This will.

‘Medical outliers’, ‘medically fit’, ‘bed blockers’. These are all terms to describe the same problem: patients who are ready to leave hospital but can’t because the right social care package is not in place. The problem has been described over and over again, for decades. One of my first memories […]

by × January 13, 2017 ×

Events, Liberty

2016: CfL’s year in review

2016: CfL’s year in review

2016 was one hell of a good year for CfL. The team will always remember it as the year we exhausted ourselves in the campaign to leave the EU – and contributed to the glorious victory for Brexit. Since then there have been a few setbacks: CfL’s arch enemy within […]

by × December 30, 2016 ×

America, Elections, Leftwatch

10 million former Democrats and Trump voters may have more in common than they realise

10 million former Democrats and Trump voters may have more in common than they realise

Something about the past two days has really annoyed me: the characterisation of all of the people who voted Trump as racists and bigots. Yes, we know that some Trump voters are indeed those things – but that doesn’t mean that the 59.6 million Americans voted Republican in this election […]

by × November 10, 2016 ×

America, Elections

American pollsters and their big ‘oops’ moment

I don’t know if you’ve heard – perhaps through the mass out-pouring of hysteria on Facebook – but Donald J Trump is going to be the next President of the United States of America. The BBC has currently called 46 of 50 states, giving Trump 278 Electoral College votes to […]

by × November 9, 2016 ×

Membership

We want to give the Libertarian Right a voice; and we need your help

We want to give the Libertarian Right a voice; and we need your help

On Wednesday the Prime Minister used her speech at the close of party conference to explicitly and directly attack the ‘libertarian right’. As we well know – having hosted more than 400 of them for drinks on Tuesday night – that’s an enormous section of her own party. But the […]

by × October 7, 2016 ×