Shadow Foreign Minister David Lidington and Amnesty International address party conference fringe meeting

05 October 2009

The Conservative Party Human Rights Commission held a fringe meeting at the Party Conference in Manchester on Monday 5 October 2009, addressed by the Director of Amnesty International UK, Kate Allen, and the Shadow Foreign Office Minister David Lidington MP.

In her remarks, Kate Allen set out the major international human rights challenges which will face the next British Government.

David Lidington responded by reiterating the Party’s commitment to place human rights at the centre of its foreign policy.

Nicola Blackwood, Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Oxford West and Abingdon and a Commission member, proposed the vote of thanks.

Tony Baldry MP, who chaired the event, said: “This fringe meeting is the fifth year in a row that the Commission has held an event at Party Conference, and is an important feature in the delegates’ programme. We value this opportunity to focus on particular international human rights issues, to engage with experts from outside the party, and to explore ways in which the party can increase its efforts on human rights. We warmly welcome our partnership with Amnesty International.”