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Tory Action

Tory Action was a right-wing pressure group within the British Conservative Party, founded by in November 1974 by George Kennedy Young and Airey Neave[1] and right-wing defectors from the Monday Club.[2]


It was a secretive outfit in which membership was only open to Conservative Party members of two or more years standing, although their 'Aims' simply say "paid-up members". Its published 'Aims' state that "we do not have a corporate creed and our membership holds a variety of views but most feel strongly on sound public finance, on the need for denationalisation, European Union reform, law and order, combatting subversion, halting the growth of the non-European population in the UK, and a repatriation programme."[citation needed]

It published a newsletter entitled The Round Robin.[3]

The group claimed to have a "country-wide network of Conservative office-holders and activists" and claimed credit for canvassing for Margaret Thatcher in her constituency for the 1979 General Election.[citation needed] In 1981, George Young claimed it had the support of at least 25 Conservative MPs, including Ronald Bell who had hosted a Tory Action reception in the House of Commons in December 1980.[4]

By 1990, the Tory Action Committee consisted of Edward Frostick MCIJ (Chairman), Adrian Davies MA, Stephen Derry MA PhD, Geoffrey W Bevan BA(Econ), Michael R Wheddon.[citation needed]

The group ceased activities in the early 1990s.


  1. ^ Larki, Paul A very British jihad: collusion, conspiracy & cover-up in Northern Ireland Beyond the Pale (2004) p4
  2. ^ Seidel, Gill The white discursive order in Zavala, Iris M. (editor) Approaches to Discourse Poetics and Psychiatry John Benjamins Publishing Company (1987) p40
  3. ^ Mercer, Paul Directory of British political organisations (1994) p328
  4. ^ Mercer, Paul Directory of British political organisations (1994) p328