Established in 1908, The UCL Conservative Society is the oldest student Conservative association in England.
Founded to promote political discussion amongst students, UCL Tories has provided a mouthpiece for Conservatism on campus for decades. We provide the opportunity for students to learn about and engage in Conservative politics in a friendly and enjoyable environment.
With an event a week during term time, we are London’s most active Conservative student organisation.
You can expect a huge variety of events at UCL Tories, and with one a week there is never an excuse to miss out. Everyone is welcome.
We have monthly Port and Policy debates; Policy Forums; Pub Crawls; Black tie dinners; Ceilidhs; Curry nights; Residential/International trips and so much more. We also host a huge number of influential speaker, where the past few years have seen Nobel Peace Prize Winner Lord Trimble, back bench hero Jacob Rees-Mogg, former Defecnce Secretary Rt Hon Dr Liam Fox, former Chancellor Geoffrey Howe and renowned think tank President Dr Madsen Pirie.
There’s more to us than weekly socials – get involved in our Social Action projects or get stuck in campaigning with us, either on or off campus.
We’re committed to doing our bit, which is why we have a dedicated Social Action officer. Speak to us about getting involved in our regular fundraising and volunteering efforts. In the past this has seen us doing everything from cleaning up the Thames banks, selling poppies on campus and helping set up a Christmas Tea Dance for the local elderly.
Similarly, we continue to fight to represent the moderate Conservative student on campus, be that arguing against bans of the sale of bottled water and Nestle on campus, fighting back on motions on international political and religious issues which isolate fellow students or simply demanding accountability from UCLU. You might even catch us canvassing for our local association, HSPCA, or for London MEP candidates in the coming year!
“I joined UCL Tories back in 2011 when I started my PhD at UCL. I wanted to add some diversity to my calendar and meet people beyond the science bubble. I certainly achieved my goal! I’ve made some incredible friends, some lasting (if sometimes embarrassing!) memories and had the pleasure of debating with and learning from some really talented Conservatives, both MPs and students. I cannot recommend it strongly enough.”
Louisa Townson, President 2013-14
Why should I join?
By joining, you get free entry to all general weekly Society events and discount on our blockbuster events, such as the Ceilidh and Alumni Dinner. All our general weekly events are accompanied by complementary drinks and nibbles for our members, while some events can only be attended by paid up members, such as the Tour of Parliament.
How do I join?
Annual Membership is available to buy for all UCL students at www.uclu.org/shop, or buy in person at the Clubs & Societies Centre, 2nd Floor UCL Bloomsbury Building. For alumni, non-UCL and affiliate students, contact our President.
Any famous Alumni?
UCL Alumni and past Society Presidents include at least 6 current Conservative MPs and 1 MEP, including Secretary of State for Wales David Jones MP and Commons’ Culture Committee Chair John Whittingdale OBE MP, alongside former Trade Secretary and key Thatcher aide Lord Young.
Do look around our website and email your committee on firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or queries. Individual Committee members‘ emails are on the Committee page.