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Forest's work is carried out by a small team including freelance researchers and public affairs consultants who work on specific projects and campaigns.
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Attend our events
Forest has a well-deserved reputation for organising some of the best events at party conferences and and elsewhere. Highlights include a 'Politics and Prohibition' party at the 2006 Conservative conference in Bournemouth when we dressed a hotel ballroom to look like a Chicago speakeasy, complete with actors dressed as poker players. Later in the evening our thespians changed into police uniforms and staged a mock raid that culminated in the "arrest" of one of our guest speakers. The charge? "Inciting people to enjoy themselves."
Other Forest events on the Conservative fringe have included three comedy evenings (two at The Comedy Store in Manchester, one at the Hyatt Hotel in Birmingham) plus, in 2016, a party for 500 in Birmingham that was nominated for a 'Best conference event' award.
We have also organised events at Labour and Liberal Democrat conferences including, in 2011, a party for 200 Labour party members at the famous Cavern Club in Liverpool. Naturally, it featured a Beatles' tribute band.
We also host events in London including, until recently, an annual boat party ('Smoke on the Water') attended by 200+ guests, and an annual Freedom Dinner for 150+ guests at Boisdale of Canary Wharf. Speakers have included General Sir Mike Jackson, former head of the British army; journalists Rod Liddle, James Delingpole and Brendan O'Neil; and the late Lord Bell, former advisor to Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan.
We have also organised events at Boisdale of Belgravia, our favourite smoker-friendly bar restaurant, the famous Groucho Club in Soho, and the Houses of Parliament where, in 2011, we organised a reception for 200 on the terrace at the House of Commons.
Our most successful event (it attracted camera crews from 12 countries) was our 'Revolt In Style' dinner for 400 people at The Savoy hotel in London shortly before the introduction of the smoking ban in England in July 2007. Speakers that night included BBC presenter Andrew Neil, TV chef Antony Worrall Thompson, and Claire Fox, director of the Academy of Ideas.
In June 2019 we marked our 40th anniversary with a Gala Dinner for 180 guests at Boisdale of Canary Wharf. Speakers were Claire Fox (now Baroness Fox of Buckley), and Mark Littlewood, director-general of the Institute of Economic Affairs. Prof Madsen Pirie, president and co-founder of the Adam Smith Institute, gave the toast, and presentations were made to Antony Worrall Thompson, and former MSP and MEP Brian Monteith (a former spokesman for Forest in Scotland).
Other guests at Forest events have included artist David Hockney, musician Joe Jackson, plus MPs, peers and parliamentary researchers.
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