Young Britons' Foundation

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A leaflet distributed in the UK by the Young Britons' Foundation at the time of the 2010 General election.

The Young Britons’ Foundation was co-founded in July 2003 by Donal Blaney, Greg Smith and Ben Pickering.[1]

The Young Britons’ Foundation was entirely inspired by the success, drive and spirit of the American conservative movement.
First introduced to organisations such as the American Conservative Union, the Young America’s Foundation, the Leadership Institute, Collegiate Network and the Heritage Foundation at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), it was clear to co-founder Donal Blaney and Greg Smith that Britain was behind in the training and development of younger political activists.[2]


Founder Donors

Kevin Fallon | John Midgley & Laura Midgeley | Paul Osborn | Paul Shea | Tom Scott | Chris Walsh | Sarkis Zeronian[3]

Other details of known funding are in the table below:

Funding received by the Young Britons' Foundation in £ sterling per calendar year
Donor Organisation 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
Healthgear Contracts[4] - - - - - 54,999 -
Institute for Policy Research[5] - - - 1,000 100
Nigel Vinson Charitable Trust[6] - - - - - 1,400 -


Board of Trustees


Advisory Board

Bryan Auchterlonie | Morton Blackwell | Iain Dale | John Dodd | Matthew Elliott | Andrew Griffith | John Hilboldt | David Keene | Mark Loveday | William J McCarthy | Alan Mendoza | Professor Patrick Minford | Iain Murray | Ben Pickering | Ron Robinson | Greg Smith | Russell Tillson

Parliamentary Council

Lord Trimble | Lord Parkinson | Earl of Stockton | Liam Fox MP | Bill Cash MP | Gerald Howarth MP | Julian Lewis MP | Nigel Evans MP | Greg Hands MP | Daniel Hannan MEP | Nirj Deva MEP | Roger Helmer MEP | Chris Heaton-Harris MEP


Activist Training Conference

The line up of speakers for YBF's 10th Activist Training Conference at Churchill College, Cambridge University on 13 - 15 December 2013 was:

Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP, Secretary of State for Local Government | Rt Hon Lord Parkinson of Carnforth, Former Conservative Party Chairman | Rt Hon Lord Tebbit, Former Conservative Party Chairman | Graham Brady MP, Chairman of the 1922 Committee | Conor Burns MP, Bournemouth West | Steve Baker MP, Wycombe | Robert Halfon MP, Harlow | James Cleverly AM, London Assembly Conservative Group Leader | Tim Montgomerie, | Matthew Elliott, TaxPayers’ Alliance | Ted Bromund] Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom | Shane Greer, Publisher of Campaigns & Elections | Alex Deane, Weber Shandwick (formerly of Big Brother Watch) | Matt Sinclair, TaxPayers’ Alliance | Jonathan Isaby, TaxPayers’ Alliance (formerly of ConservativeHome) | Raheem Kassam, Student Rights | Emma Carr, Big Brother Watch | Christian May, Media Intelligence Partners | Peter Botting, Political Consultant | David Canzini, Former CCHQ Head of Campaigns | Greg Smith, Political Consultant | Rory Broomfield, The Freedom Association | Paul Abbott, Petrol Promise | Andre Walker, Trades Union Reform Campaign

The weekend of events, including 'a private viewing of the Churchill and Thatcher archives' takes place under the Chatham House Rule.[7]


External Resources


  1. About Us, The Young Britons' Foundation, accessed 9 November 2008.
  2. The Genesis of the Young Britons’ Foundation, Young Britons' Foundation, accessed 9 November 2008.
  3. The Genesis of the Young Britons’ Foundation, Young Britons' Foundation, accessed 9 November 2008.
  4. Data accessible from: Electoral Commission Donations: Basic Search, accessed 6 May 2011
  5. Data compiled from filings at the Charity Commission.
  6. Data compiled from filings at the Charity Commission.
  7. YVF10: The Tenth YBF Activist Training Conference, Young Briton's Foundation, accessed 27 September 2013