Conservative MPs Are Having A New Year "Away Day" To Plot Policy And Strategy
All Conservative MPs have been asked by CCHQ to attend a “residential parliamentary party away session” in the new year, to “meet and share ideas” on policy, strategy and campaign best practice.
PoliticsHome understands the two day event will begin on Thursday January 6 and end at lunchtime on Friday January 7. It comes as the party finds itself divided on the issue of parliamentary sleaze allegations and second jobs for MPs.
An exact location for the away day is yet to be decided, but MPs have been informed it will take place in a West Midlands location, with CCHQ covering the cost of meals and the overnight stay.
It is believed that Tory MPs will discuss policy, strategy, and campaign best practice, and are set to be joined by senior cabinet colleagues and CCHQ staff.
Some MPs also believe the away days are likely to involve bonding exercises aimed at breaking down “cliques” and strengthening relationships between longer and shorter serving MPs.
“I imagine it’s just going to be ‘let’s get everyone all in the same room and have a great big hug because we’re all friends’”, one Tory MP told PoliticsHome.
“My understanding is they try to get you out of your friendship group – so they’ll be pairing 2019-ers with 2005ers to try and break down some of the cliques and groups.”
Another Conservative MP said the highlight would be "seeing how Conservative MPs interpret the 'smart casual' dress code."
A member of the 2019 intake said he feels excited for the event, which he believes will be a good opportunity to get to know colleagues he isn't currently close with.
CCHQ has been contacted for comment.
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