Past Events

European Britain Global Britain: Foreign Affairs and International Relations Post-Brexit

11th November 2020

A panel-style webinar with Rt Hon The Lord Hague of Richmond, Tom Tugendhat MP, Neale Richmond TD, Sir David Lidington KCB CBE and Rt Hon Alistair to launch the first publication by the CGE Foreign Affairs Policy Group. The publication is comprised of a collection of essays from CGE members, with a variety of backgrounds from retired diplomats and politicians to business, share a Conservative perspective in presenting a common approach on how this UK post-Brexit vision can be delivered by the government in a pragmatic way, whilst reconciling past divisions on the subject of the EU. 

A common theme running through the collection of essays is that for the UK to realise its ambition to become ‘Global Britain’, continuing to work closely with its allies and neighbours in Europe will be of significant assistance; our foreign policies will rarely be contradictory but more often mutually reinforcing


Meeting the challenge of climate change: the role of ESG and the City

Webinar with Rt Hon The Lord Deben and Sir Roger Gifford

2nd September 2020

Rt Hon Sir David Lidington KCB CBE chairs a webinar with Lord Deben and Sir Roger Gifford to discuss the role of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) and the City. 

Lord Deben is current Chair of the Independent Committee on Climate Change. Previously, he was  Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food between 1989 and 1993 and was the longest serving Secretary of State for the Environment.

Sir Roger Gifford is a senior banker, he led the UK Government's Green Finance Taskforce in 2018 and Chairs the UK Green Finance Institute. He is an Alderman of the City of London Corporation and was Lord Mayor of London in 2013.


Webinar with Dr Norbert Röttgen MP and Rt Hon Sir David Lidington KCB CBE

24th August 2020

Rt Hon Sir David Lidington KCB CBE chairs a webinar with Dr Norbert Röttgen  to discuss the German perspective on the challenges facing Europe and on how the German Presidency is seeking to shape the future of the Union.

Dr Norbert Röttgen MP is a Member of the German Bundestag, former Deputy Federal Chairman of the CDU and current Chair of the Bundestag Foreign Affairs Committee.


Conservatives and the European Convention on Human Rights

Lord Daniel Finkelstein OBE in conversation with Rt Hon Dominic Grieve QC

20th July 2020

The Rt Hon Sir David Lidington KCB CBE, the newly elected CGE Chair, former Minister for the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, chairs the launch of the CGE paper - Conservatives and the European Convention on Human Rights

Lord Finkelstein OBE, The Times Columnist and Conservative Peer, is in conversation with The Rt Hon Dominic Grieve QC, CGE Vice President & former Attorney General, to discuss the paper.


Webinar with Ian Wright and Fergus McReynolds

28th May 2020

Ian Wright is the Chief Executive of the Food and Drink Federation and Fergus McReynolds is the Director of EU Affairs at MakeUK. 


Webinar with David McAllister MEP and the Rt Hon Dominic Grieve QC

5th May 2020

David McAllister MEP is Chair of both the European Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee and the UK Co-ordination Group. Before being elected to the European Parliament in 2014, David McAllister served as Minister-President of Lower Saxony from 2010 – 2013. He is a CDU politician and member of the European People's Party (EPP).