The London Swinton Circle was founded in the mid 1960’s. Its original membership was composed solely of those who had attended Conservative Party training schools at Swinton Castle in Yorkshire, and who wished to maintain contact with each other through regular meetings in London. The London Swinton Circle later expanded its membership to welcome members from all backgrounds who support traditional Conservative and Unionist principles.
The Circle holds regular meetings which are addressed by speakers on issues of interest to the Circle. Over the years the Circle has been addressed by members of the Conservative Party, the United Kingdom Independence Party and from the Ulster Unionist parties. The Circle has also been addressed by a number of authors, journalists, campaigners and other political commentators.
On 4 February the Circle was addressed by Sammy Wilson MP. There was a wide ranging discussion, including consideration of the new Prime Minister, that the effect of the proposed Brexit deal would be bad for Ulster, whether the recent climate change announcement for cars was realistic, HS2, and that the release of terrorists needed to be taken out of the hands of the Parole Board. While there should be no second independence referendum in Scotland the speaker emphasised that the greatest danger to the Union came from apathy in England.
Members may also be interested in the Bruges Group Conference on 7 March entitled “Britain’s Global Future”
The aims and objectives of the Swinton Circle include:
- National Sovereignty
- Maintenance of the Union
- Support for the Commonwealth Realms
- Proportionate punishments for crimes, including the restitution of capital punishment
- Qualified and justified immigration rather than mass immigration
- Equitable taxation and greater accountability of public spending at both the national and local level of government
- The promotion of values and morals within a Christian framework
- The celebration of British culture