The British Conservative Party is the oldest political party in the world. How, then, is it possible to preserve Conservative values whilst applying them to the challenges we face today?
The Rt. Hon. Iain Duncan Smith is Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in the UK, and a past Conservative Party Leader. Join us for this keynote address, in which he considers how Conservatives on both sides of the Atlantic can bring enduring values to bear on our most pressing social problems, in order to tackle poverty, disadvantage and dependency.
Speaking about the radical reforms that the Conservative-led Coalition has introduced in the UK, he explains how transforming the country’s welfare system goes hand in hand with transforming people’s life chances – continuing a historic mission that Conservatives from William Wilberforce, Lord Shaftesbury and Abraham Lincoln have always had to help people improve the quality of their lives.
Iain Duncan Smith is a graduate of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, and saw active service in Northern Ireland and Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) as well as serving in Canada and Germany. He was elected to the House of Commons in 1992, and after serving as Shadow Secretary of State for Social Security (1997-1999) and Shadow Secretary of State for Defence (1999-2001), went on to lead the Conservative Party from 2001-2003. He established the Centre for Social Justice in London in 2004, and was appointed Chairman of the Conservative Party’s Social Justice Policy Group in 2005. Since 2010 he has served as the UK’s Secretary of State for Work and Pensions.