Priti Patel, Jacob Rees-Mogg and Nadine Dorries are among the confirmed all-star lineup of speakers for the Conservative Democratic Organisation’s Take Control conference.
From politicians to pundits, the grassroots campaign group has a range of speakers lined up for their first annual conference in Bournemouth on 13 May.
Already confirmed to make appearances are former Cabinet ministers under Boris Johnson, Jacob Rees-Mogg, Priti Patel and Nadine Dorries. Rees-Mogg’s sister, Annunziata, will also be speaking.
Speaking about the CDO‘s mission, Patron Priti Patel said:
“I believe that our members are our greatest assets. Our membership comes from all walks of life and are embedded in their local communities. They have strong Conservative values, backing enterprise and free markets, believe in empowering people, communities and businesses, and are in tune with the public we need to persuade to elect us to Government.
“Conservative members are not career politicians, but they represent our country’s hard-working law-abiding majority, so we must listen to them, learn from them, and empower them.
“The mission of the CDO and the purpose of our conference is to do just that. It is to raise the profile and the standing of our members and to press for change within our Party. It is only by changing our Party’s constitution to empower and embrace our members that we can move forward as a Party, develop a strong Conservative manifesto, and unite to campaign to win another term in Government.”
Conservative commentators such as Sophie Corcoran and GB News’ Dan Wootton are also on the line-up with GB News reported to be presenting a special show from the conference.
Other conference speakers include MPs Conor Burns, Andrea Jenkyns, Paul Bristow, Desmond Swayne and Conservative Party Vice Chairman Paul Holmes.
Lord Cruddas, CDO President, is due to make a speech as well as popular political conservative pundits such as Aman Bhogal, Nile Gardiner, Mark Littlewood, CDO Chairman David Campbell Bannerman and Lord Moylan.
CDO Chairman for West of England, Dawn Melvin, said:
“I joined the CDO to give our members the voice they deserve.
They are the very heart of our party and I and others are here to ensure they are listened to.
I’ve seen our true Conservative values diluted over the last few years in the party and I and others are here to get things back on track”.
CDO Chairman for the East Midlands, Annunziata Rees-Mogg, said:
“As a Conservative I believe in democracy for both our country and our Party.
“It’s time to make sure our own constitution enshrines the power of our supporters at its core.
“That is why we need the Conservative Democratic Organisation to support members’ rights and thereby ensure future electoral successes”.
The group was set up in December 2022 by Lord Cruddas, David Campbell Bannerman and Conservative Post Founder Claire Bullivant with aims to lobby the Conservative Party to be more representative of its grassroots by installing more democracy to the members.