London is hosting the Council Meeting of the IYDU (International Young Democratic Union) which starts today. IYDU is a global alliance of 80 centre right political youth organisations from 50 countries, united by a common desire for greater freedom and less government, and a shared commitment to fight socialism.
With the largest attendance (as I understand it) for a Council meeting, with over 250 delegates registered, this looks set to be a great opportunity to meet and network with leading young politicians from around the world. Not only is a great networking event, but also a great opportunity to share ideas and learn from the ways that other politicians in other countries do things. Delegates will have the opportunity to visit Parliament as well as undertaking training over the course of the three days.
The theme for the conference is 'renewing Conservative parties' and it is perhaps therefore hardly surprising to hear that David Cameron MP is one of the guests of honour, launching the event at Australia House this evening. Lady Thatcher is also due to address delegates on Friday evening, and will no doubt have been an inspiration to Conservatives around the world, and not just those of us in the UK.
A special blog reporting all the latest news on the IYDU events in London from 29 November to 3 December 2006 has been launched.