The Cambridge University Conservative Association


According to Wikipedia:

” The Cambridge University Conservative Association (CUCA) is a long-established political society going back to 1921, with roots in the late nineteenth century, as a Conservative branch for students at Cambridge University in England. It is looked upon by the Conservative Party as a training-ground for future party leaders”

” The present-day Cambridge University Conservative Association was founded in 1921, with its inaugural annual dinner held on 24 January of that year.

In 1928, the annual St. John’s College magazine The Eagle defined “a Cambridge Conservative [association member as] the proud possessor of a certain tie, obtained by signifying with a subscription his refusal or his inability to think out any social question.”

” In 1992 The Economist wrote that “competition to rise to the top of CUCA is good preparation for a political career in the Conservative Party, for several reasons. Ideology counts for nothing.

What matters is knowing how to make friends and when to stab them in the back. If you cut your political teeth at CUCA, you are liable to end up sporting a sharp set of fangs.”

In 2005 The Daily Telegraph described “a classic CUCA manoeuvre” as being “secretive, conspiratorial, overcomplicated, probably calculated to benefit some chum or other, so clever that it is stupid.”

The list of former chairmen of CUCA makes for very interesting reading.

They include the following:

Geoffrey Howe

Leon Brittan

Norman Fowler

Kenneth Clark

Norman Lamont

Alan Bradley

David Mellor

John Selwyn Gummer

Andrew Mitchell

Simon Milton

Some of these names have been linked to very unpleasant allegations dating back years.

Is there more to the Cambridge University Conservative Association than meets the eye?

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