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About CUCA



The so-called 'Cambridge Mafia' in 1962

Founded in 1921, the Cambridge University Conservative Association is the largest and most active political society in the University. The Association provides many opportunities to engage in some of the excellent debate and political activity we maintain at Cambridge. 

Twenty-two former chairmen have been elected to Parliament since Lent 1950, including eight in a row from Michaelmas 1959 to Lent 1962, many of whom served in the cabinets of Thatcher and Major. These include Kenneth Clarke (Home Secretary 1992-93, Chancellor of the Exchequer 1993-97, Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice 2010-12), Douglas Hurd (Home Secretary 1985-89, Foreign Secretary 1989-95), and Norman Lamont (Chancellor of the Exchequer 1990-93).

Discussion and Debate

Society events provide wide-ranging opportunities to hear from the leading lights of Conservative politics and journalism while getting to know like-minded students. Speaker meetings are always free and open to all members of the University. Our recent guests have included Lucy Frazer, David Gauke, Greg Hands and Peter Lilley. Our flagship event is Port & Policy, a weekly debate held at Little St Mary's Church on Saturdays. For a small entry fee, members can debate 3 exciting motions and enjoy unlimited drinks. To find out more, keep an eye on our social media!

Social Events

Alongside our political activities, the Association provides a calendar of many social events throughout the year. With pub crawls, our famous Port & Policy, and a host of other exciting events, CUCA members find many opportunities to relax and socialise. This includes our termly 'Chairman's Dinner', a limited ticket 3+ course meal to celebrate the term - a longstanding tradition not to be missed!

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