Who we are

CGE's and YCGE's executive officers and patrons come from a broad spectrum, and include individuals from politics, business, and law. 

The Conservative Group for Europe has traditionally had strong support in the Conservative Parliamentary Party and we currently have more than 70 Parliamentary supporters. 


  • The Rt Hon. The Lord Clarke of Nottingham CH QC

Vice Presidents:

  • John Bowis OBE
  • The Rt Hon. Dominic Grieve QC
  • Lord Inglewood


  • The Rt Hon. Sir David Lidington KCB CBE

Deputy Chair:

  • Stephen Hammond MP

Vice Chair:

  • Liz Spencer


  • Mark Leverton

Member Secretary:

  • Peter Wilde


  • Colin Bramall

Young CGE Chair:

  • Ivan Botoucharov

Young CGE Vice Chair:

  • Matthew Schlachter

Executive Committee:

  • Kenny Campbell
  • Michael Cluff
  • Daniel Paterson
  • Tim Skeet
  • Martin Smith

Council Members:

  • Edward Bickham
  • Mark Boleat
  • Peter Dawson
  • Gerard Fox
  • Dirk Hazell
  • Peter Moore
  • Christopher Nash
  • David Nicholson
  • Anthony Simpson


  • Rt Hon John Gummer, Lord Deben
  • Rt Hon Lord Heseltine of Thenford CH
  • Rt Hon Lord Hunt of Wirral MBE
  • Rt Hon Lord Hurd of Westwell CH CBE
  • Lord Kirkhope of Harrogate
  • Rt Hon Sir John Major KG CH PC ACIB
  • Rt Hon Lord Patten of Barnes CH
  • Lord Plumb of Coleshill DL
  • Ian Taylor MBE
  • Robert Walter