The Bruges Group spearheaded the intellectual battle to win a vote to leave the European Union and, above all, against the emergence of a centralised EU state.

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Building a post-Brexit Britain

With the MPs Owen Paterson and Philip Davies and the Broadcaster Esther McVey

Monday, 24th April 2017 - 6.45 for 7pm
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Admission: £10 (payable on the door or in advance)
Including wine, orange juice, mineral water and nibbles

The Speakers

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Owen Paterson MP
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Rt Hon. Esther McVey
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Philip Davies MP


Rt Hon. Owen Paterson MP
is a Conservative Party politician who was the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs from 2012 until 2014. In 2010 he was appointed to the Cabinet as Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, where he remained until he moved to the Department for Energy Food and Rural Affairs in 2012. He has been the Member of Parliament for North Shropshire since 1997. Paterson is a supporter of the Royal Irish Regiment, which has been based in his constituency. In 2014 he established and became the Chairman of UK 2020, a centre-right think tank based in Westminster. Owen Paterson will discuss fishing and farming.


Philip Davies MP
is the Member of Parliament for Shipley. Issues that Philip feels particularly strongly about are maintaining law and order, tackling asylum and immigration problems, protecting the countryside (particularly from overdevelopment) and ensuring pensioners get a better deal. In October 2005 he became the first Conservative MP of the modern-era to openly state that Britain should withdraw from the EU. Philip is also the parliamentary spokesman for the Campaign Against Political Correctness. Philip Davies is also a member of the Better Off Out group of MPs. He will discuss the issue of immigration.


Rt Hon. Esther McVey
was the Minister of State for Employment (2013-2015). In February 2014 Esther McVey was appointed a Privy Councillor and, in July 2014, was accorded the further privilege of attending Cabinet. She is currently Chair of the British Transport Police Authority. Before entering politics, Esther McVey was a television presenter and businesswoman. Esher McVey’s business career includes supporting small and medium enterprises. Her broadcasting career included, amongst many other shows, co- hosting GMTV, BBC1's science entertainment series How Do They Do That?, The Heaven and Earth Show, BBC2's youth current affairs programme Reportage, and Channel 4's legal series Nothing But The Truth with Ann Widdecombe.

Admission: £10 (payable on the door or in advance)
Including wine, orange juice, mineral water and nibbles

Address of Event

Hall of India
Royal Over-Seas League
Over-Seas House
6 Park Place
St James’s Street
London SW1A 1LR

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