Our Candidates Training Wing is running a full program of events each month. We also run events throughout the year for our members. Watch this space for news about our annual fundraiser, Spring Conference Fringe event, and Conference events.

Upcoming events

December 22: CTW Hustings Preparation

In the final Candidate Training Wing event of the year we will be running hustings training. The training will take place in a venue near Russel Square on Saturday 3rd December 2022 between 09:30-13:00.

We will be joined by an MP and Association Officers from different Associations who will listen, ask questions and provide feedback to our candidates.

This Event is now SOLD OUT.

Previous Events 2022

November 2022: Reception with Tom Tugendhat MP

Minister of State for Security at the Home Office Tom Tugendhat mixed with members and friends and spoke eloquently on the threats facing the UK during at the CFAF Reception in November at the Carlton Club.

October 22: CV Writing Workshop with Gareth Fox

CF Armed Forces Training Wing were given seat CV writing training from the oracle Gareth Fox and Rob West at CCHQ,. They discussed what CCHQ and Associations are looking for from candidates carefully crafting their CV applications. 

Party Conference 22: Campaignforce Panel Discussion ‘why military veterans make great politicians’ hosted by former Conservative agent and long serving reservist Jonny Ball. Panel guests included former colonel James Sunderland MP, Brigadier (Retd) Mike Dooley from Salesforce and veterans James Clark from Conservative Friends of the Armed Forces and Donna Gavin.

Party Conference 22: Coalition for Global Prosperity partnered Annual Reception.

Conservative Friends of the Armed Forces and the Coalition for Global Prosperity held our partnered “now legendary” Conference Reception in Hall 8b of the ICC on Monday 3rd October 2022.

The Secretary of State for Defence Ben Wallace MP joined us as our guest speaker but in the audience we had the Foreign Secretary James Cleverly MP, Alec Shelbrooke MP, Stuart Anderson MP, James Sunderland MP, Alicia Kearns MP, Flick Drummond MP, March Fletcher MP, Richard Holden MP, Gagan Mohindra MP and more- too many to name! Industry reps and members mixed over drinks and speeches and a good time was had by all. For those who missed out you were not alone- we had over 1000 people asking to attend a venue with 130 capacity.

Party Conference 22: Capita Sponsored Policy Pamphlet Launch

Conservative Friends of the Armed Forces held our panel discussion/presentation session to launch our Capita sponsored Policy Pamphlet 2022. With over 60 delegates attending and a panel of 5 we heard from this year’s contributors and our audience.

August 2022: ‘Demystifying Russia – unravelling the enigma of what drives Russia’s strategic ambitions’ Webinar

For over an hour Shane Mason shared his observations of what characterises Russia and what drives its geopolitical ambitions followed and chaired a very open, thought provoking discussion with over 20 members and friends, Parliamentarians and Peers who joined us. The feedback was truly incredible and we’re hoping to book Shane in for a future session before Christmas.

June 2022: Candidate Training Wing “Raising Your Profile” Event

Col Bob Stuart MP hosted an evening of speeches and networking. Joy Morrisey MP, Ben Everitt MP, Jacob Young MP and Gagan Mohindra MP joint the guests to share their experiences. Thanks to Sarah Atherton, our parliamentary patron, for joining the group too!

June 2022: By Election Duty in the South West

A whopping seventeen members and friends joined us for campaigning in the Tiverton and Honiton By-Election delivering for the candidate there Helen Hurford. A great day and the weather helped!

April 2022: ANZAC Day Commemoration at 10 Downing Street

A huge thanks to Myles Stacey for organising a group of CF Armed Forces members to an ANZAC Day commemoration at Downing Street. We were joined by students of the ULOTC and other guests.

March 2022: CFAF do Spring Conference

The CF Armed Forces contingent were out in force with 15 members and friends turning up for drinks in a delightful Blackpool local. As well as drinking there was discussion of policies with Stuart Anderson MP who joined us and members like Andy Huggins pictured had their chance to tell a packed auditorium about their ambitions for the parties green agenda.

March 2022: Parliamentary Assessment Board Training at an exclusive London venue

Potential candidates in our Candidate Training Wing along with others from our membership came along for a two hour presentation on the “list” process. Drinks in a private bar followed.

February 2022: Spreading the word in the South West

Executive Director James Clark was given a warm welcome by delegates at the South West Regional Conservative Conference when he attended a panel on diversity within the party.

January 2022: Campaigning in Southend West

Great to see some supporters and members of CFAF amongst the crowds out in Southend West to support candidate Anna Firth. A pleasure to bump into Mark Francois MP, Jackie Doyle-Price MP and the Home Secretary Rt Hon Priti Patel MP there too!

Previous Events 2021

November 2021: Campaigning in Old Bexley and Sidcup and North Shropshire

Teams were out in force supporting two candidates in November 2021 – Louie French and Candidate Training Wing member Neil Shastri-Hurst. We organise regular action days to support Conservative candidates across the country.

04 October 2021: Conservative party Conference 2021 CF Armed Forces Reception

We held our legendary annual in person Conference drinks reception for members and friends on Monday 4th October 2021 from 20:30-22:00. The Secretary of State for Defence Rt Hon Ben Wallace MP was our guest of honour and he persuaded Minister of the Armed Forces James Heappey MP, Minister for Procurement Jeremy Quin MP and Minister for Defence People and Veterans Leo Doherty MP. Minister at the FCDO James Cleverly MP, Alicia Kearns MP, James Sunderland MP, parliamentary patron Sarah atherton MP, Mark Fletcher MP, Darren Henry MP and Stuart Anderson MP amongst others all attended.

16 September 2021: Policy Pamphlet 2021 “in-person” Launch

We held our inaugural Policy Pamphlet launch at 15 Great College Street, Westminster, SW1P 3RX on Wednesday 15th September 2021 from 18:00-20:00 and were joined by approximately 50 members and friends.

Former Secretary of State for Defence and CFAF stalwart Penny Mordaunt MP joined our parliamentary patron, Sarah Atherton MP and Andrew Walton CBE, Head of UK Strategy at Saab to speak to guests.

25th June 2021: James Sunderland MP imparting some wisdom to the CF Armed Forces Training Wing candidates.

May 2021: Gagan Mohindra MP joined the CF Armed Forces team out in force campaigning for Peter Fleet in the Chesham and Amersham By Election..

May 2021: CF Armed Forces members and CWO join forces to ring to win for Jill Mortimer in the Hartlepool By-election.

22nd April 2021: James Cleverly MP joined the Candidates Training Wing discussing his experiences as a candidate, MP, Party Chairman and Minister at the FCDO.

16th April 2021: David Jones MBE joined members of the Candidates Training Wing to share his thoughts on the changes and improvements to the candidates selection process.

27th March 2021: Secretary of State for Defence Ben Wallace MP discussed the Integrated Review and the Defence Command Paper at Conservative Spring Conference with James Clark, Executive Director of CF Armed Forces hosting.

13th March 2021: Delighted to join Thames Valley Conservatives for a dedicated break out session at their Spring Conference. Thanks to James Sunderland MP, Sarah Atherton MP and James Clark, ED CFAF for giving their views and William Hall, CFAF Policy Lead for chairing.

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27th January 2021: CF Armed Forces invited to a discussion with MPs, Lords and Senior Stakeholders at the APPG for the Forces Covenant to discuss passage of the armed Forces Bill through both Houses with Minister, Johnny Mercer MP.

26th January 2021: Members only closed round table discussion on civilians in conflict with Warchild and the Institute for Global Prosperity. 14 Members joined us for this high level discussion/briefing.

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Previous Events 2020

23rd December 2020: Merry Christmas to CF Armed Forces Members and Friends from the Secretary of State for Defence Rt Hon Ben Wallace MP.

16th December 2020: Leadership Team members joined Amanda Milling and Matt Hancock for a thank you from the Outreach Department.

04th November 2020: Members Ed McGuiness, Will Hall and President James Clark were joined by Mims Davies MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Employment at the Department for Work and Pensions for a session on behalf of the RBL to sell Poppies at Westminster Underground Tube Station.

06th October 2020: Online Panel Event at Virtual Conference sponsored by Capita. Johnny Mercer MP, Minister for Defence People and Veterans, Andy Start and Huw Lewis MBE joined members to discuss “the Armed Forces and social mobility”.

Edited video of the event

04th October 2020: Online Panel Event at Virtual Conference sponsored by Capita. Darren Henry MP, Tom Randall MP and Richard Holden MP joined members to discuss “Strategies for attracting and building technical expertise into the Armed Forces”.

Edited video of the event

22nd July 2020: Online Panel Debate co-hosted by Conservative Policy Forum, sponsored by Capita. James Sunderland MP, Cath Possamai and Ren Kapur joined members to discuss the question “Have we turned the corner in UK Military recruitment and retention?”

Edited video of the event

18th February 2020: Annual Fundraiser at the Cavalry and Guards Club with guest speaker Penny Mordaunt MP and Shaun Bailey AM. Delighted to be joined by so many members, friends, MPs and Industry Experts.

Previous Events 2019

Monday 11th November 2019: Armistice Day Lunch at the Carlton Club with Gen Sir Jack Deverall. Ticket proceeds to Care After Combat.

Saturday 9th November 2019: Campaigning Action Day for Theo Clarke, Candidate in Stafford.

Tuesday 29th October 2019: Conservative Voice Meeting – Defence.

Saturday 19th October 2019: We held a successful Campaign Action Day for David Burrowes, the Candidate in Enfield Southgate. There’s a picture below or see our facebook page and twitter for the video.

September/October: CF Armed Forces held a very popular reception at Conservative Party Conference in Manchester. We were delighted the Secretary of State for Defence Ben Wallace could attend and speak. A huge thanks to him and to our sponsors Amey for a brilliant evening.

July: CF Armed Forces held a sold out event at the Carlton Club on the future of Defence. A huge thanks to the panel (General Sir Richard Barrons; Lucy Fisher – Defence Correspondent, The Times; Professor Peter Roberts, Director Military Sciences, RUSI and Bruce Park, Defence Partner, Deloitte) and to Lewis Feilder, our Board member who organised and chaired the event.

July: Three of our Members who are also parliamentary candidates including Wolverhampton candidate Stuart Anderson met other friends and supporters at the Candidates summer reception.

July: Members and Friends joined Ian Duncan Smith at a Battle of Britain Event in Kensington.

July: CF Armed Forces were invited to join Sevenoaks Conservatives in welcoming future Prime Minister Boris Johnson to speak about Defence issues at a fundraiser.

June: In his capacity of President of CF Armed Forces, James Clark was invited to discuss veterans mental health issues with leadership contender Jeremy Hunt MP and Secretary of State for Defence Penny Mordaunt MP.

June: Seven Members and Friends across two consecutive evenings were provided with tickets to see the Trooping of the colour parade in St James.

May: Representatives and friends invited to the launch of the Victoria Cross Exhibition at the Imperial War Museum

May: Members and Friends of the organisation were out campaigning in the local elections.

March: CF Armed Forces representatives attended Palace of Westminster meetings on the living situation for resettled Afghan Interpreters and for the launch of Conservative Friends of Afghanistan with Sir Michael Fallon MP and Tom Tugendhat MP.

February: Parliamentary Launch. A huge thanks to those who attended our introductory event on Monday 4th February 2019 in Westminster. The event was well attended by MPs, Peers, Conservative Candidates and Industry Leaders. The Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson MP joined us and spoke about his enthusiasm for the organisation. A huge thank you to Saab and Kanto for their contribution to making the event possible.