Conservative Friends of the Commonwealth
By Conservative Friends of the Commonwealth
Wide-ranging discussions with some of the most influential conservative thinkers across the commonwealth and globe.
#60 Natasha Asghar on Welsh Politics, Media & more
Natasha Asghar is a Welsh Conservative Party politician who represents South Wales East in the Senedd since the 2021 Senedd election. She is the first female ethnic minority member of the Senedd and was named as one of the BBC's 100 Women in 2021.
August 04, 2022
#59 General Robert Spalding's discusses his new book - War Without Rules
China expert General Robert Spalding walks us through China's new playbook. Many people are finally waking up to the alarming reality of China's stealth war on the United States and puzzling over how to push back against its insidious infiltration. What few realize is that we have one real advantage in this war: the Chinese Communist Party strategy for total war has been written out in Unrestricted Warfare, the Chinese book, well known there, that has become their new Art of War. In War Without Rules, retired Air Force Brigadier General Rob Spalding takes Americans inside Unrestricted Warfare. He walks readers through the principles of this book, revealing the Chinese belief that there is no sector of life outside the realm of war. Purchase his book here - https://www.amazon.co.uk/War-Without-Rules-Playbook-Domination/dp/0593331044/ref=sr_1_1?crid=123W1X3N7TWUK&keywords=war+without+rules&qid=1657638649&sprefix=war+witout+rules%2Caps%2C74&sr=8-1
July 13, 2022
#58 Professor David Heymann talks Ebola, Covid-19 & Vaccinations
David L. Heymann (born 1946) is an American infectious disease epidemiologist and public health expert, based in London. He is currently Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. For 22 years Heymann was based at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva on secondment from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) during which time he rose from Chief of Research of the Global Programme on AIDS to Founding Director of the Programme on Emerging and other Communicable Diseases. Before joining WHO Heymann was based for 13 years in sub-Saharan Africa on assignment from CDC where he worked Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, DRC and Malawi. During this period he participated in the response to the first, second and third outbreaks of Ebola hemorrhagic fever in DRC. In 2009 he was appointed an honorary Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) for service to global public health.
May 09, 2022
#57 Dr Luke Evans MP on Online Safety Bill, Body Image & Social Media
Luke Evans is a British Conservative Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Bosworth in Leicestershire.
May 03, 2022
#56 Charlotte Salomon on Israel, Anti-Semitism & Judaism
Charlotte is a Deputy Chair of Saffron Walden Conservative Association & Media Consultant. Twitter - @SalomonSoup Instagram - @salomonsoup
April 14, 2022
#55 Peter Barnes speaks on Rishi Sunak's fortune, Elon Musk , Twitter & More
Peter Barnes is a political consultant & strategist. Twitter - @Barnesy19 Instagram - @barnesy123
April 10, 2022
#54 Tim Wilson MP talks Australian Politics, reframing the role of the Centre Right & more
Timothy Robert Wilson is an Australian politician and a member of the Liberal Party of Australia. Wilson serves as the Federal Member for Goldstein in the Australian House of Representatives. He is currently the Assistant Minister to the Minister for Industry, Energy and Emissions Reduction. We discuss Australian politics, China, Covid, Commonwealth & much more!
March 01, 2022
#53 1 Year of Joe Biden with General Spalding, Michael Chertoff & Robert Zoellick
Russia / China / Infrastructure / Ratings / Democrats & More! Our guests include Michael Chertoff who was the United States Secretary of Homeland Security to serve under President George W. Bush, General Robert Spalding who was Senior Director for Strategic Planning at the White House & Robert Zoellick who was the 11th president of the World Bank
February 21, 2022
#52 An Exclusive Talk with Former Australian Deputy PM, Michael McCormack
CFOC is delighted to welcome Michael McCormack who at the time of the episode was the Australian Deputy Prime Minister
February 16, 2022
#51 NZ-UK Relationship with Simon Bridges & Ranil Jayawardena
We have a world exclusive event with New Zealand's Simon Bridges MP & UK's Ranil Jayawardena MP discussing the UK/NZ relationship. We are honoured to have National Party's Simon Bridges who has served as Leader of the National Party and Leader of the Opposition between 2018 and 2020, and has been the Member of Parliament for Tauranga since the 2008 election. Also on our panel we have Conservative Party's Ranil Jayawardena who was appointed Minister for International Trade in May 2020. He was elected as the Conservative MP for North East Hampshire in 2015. This exclusive event discusses the future relationship between New Zealand and the UK. We also chat about the newly agreed free trade deal as well as the potential the two countries have.
December 20, 2021
#50 John Anderson | Democracy, Lock-downs, Regulation and much more
Deputy Prime minister of Australia for six years between 1999 and 2005, he was responsible for many fantastic achievements. Highlights include restoring Australia's AAA credit rating and being the first post-second world war administration to create a surplus of tax revenue. He also has his very own famous YouTube channel boasting some of the biggest world names. In this episode we discuss Democracy, Lockdowns, Cancel Culture and much more.
November 09, 2021
#49 Commonwealth Matters - UK's 2021 Budget Discussion
Sunil, Phoebe & Noah breakdown the latest budget, offering their thoughts & opinion
November 03, 2021
#48 International Book Launch of "National Identity - Confessions of an Outsider"
We launch New Zealand National Party MP Simon Bridges' new book which is an open, honest and at times intensely personal memoir about race, fatherhood, marriage, masculinity, fitting in, and the things that shape our national character.
September 14, 2021
#47 Commonwealth Matters - New Relationship with Government
Another episode of Commonwealth Matters where we review Freedom Day and what could happen in the future + the new relationship with government post Covid Twitter :- @CFOC2020 Instagram :- @officialcfoc
September 12, 2021
#46 Commonwealth Matters - The Freedom Question - Religious, Individual and Civil
Commonwealth Matters Team discuss EU law on companies having the Right to ban Muslim Employees from wearing headscarves in some contexts. The balance between religious freedom, individual freedoms and security. Twitter :- @CFOC2020 Instagram :- @officialcfoc
August 29, 2021
#45 Commonwealth Matters - Nationalism, Globalism and Patriotism
Another Commonwealth Matters Episode with the CFOC team of Sunil, Noah & Phoebe discussing Nationalism, Globalism and Patriotism. Twitter :- @CFOC2020 Instagram :- @officialcfoc
August 15, 2021
#44 Jeffrey Archer talks about his political and writing career
Jeffrey Archer has sold over 320 million copies worldwide. Jeffrey was a Conservative MP and has been the deputy chairman of the party. We discuss in detail his writing and political career as well as some of his thoughts on the current state of democracy. Twitter - @cfoc Instagram - @officialcfoc
July 27, 2021
#43 Sir Charles Walker talks about Lock-downs, Covid-19, Sage & More!
Sir Charles Walker in the past year has become one of the most talked about politicians in the UK. Our event with Sir Charles was an exclusive, where he discussed lock-downs, Covid-19 as well as his issues with Sage and behavioural psychologists.
July 18, 2021
#42 Andy Pilley (Fleetwood Town F.C. Owner) talks ESL, EFL, Regulation & More
CFOC's very own special advisor Andy Pilley discusses the European Super League, EFL, Independent Regulator and much more. Twitter :- @CFOC Instagram :- @officialcfoc
July 14, 2021
#41 Priti Patel talks far left, racism, identity politics & much more (CFOC)
A special Conservative Friends of the Commonwealth event , we have with us the home secretary Priti Patel , who has served as Secretary of State for International Development from 2016 to 2017. A member of the Conservative Party, she has been Member of Parliament (MP) for Witham since 2010 and is our current Home Seceratary. Priti Patel talks far left, racism, identity politics, political correctness & much more. Twitter - @cfoc Instagram - @officialcfoc
June 22, 2021
#40 Commonwealth Matters - G7, Israel/Palestine, Macron & More
CFOC team of Sunil, Phoebe & Noah discuss some of the most significant events that have occurred in the past few weeks.
June 20, 2021
#39 In Conversation with Lord Popat
CFOC's Eddie & Noah discuss the importane of the Commonwealth with Lord Popat. He became a Member of the House of Lords in July 2010 and is the first Gujarati to represent the Conservative Party in the upper house. From January 2013 to March 2015 he served as a Minister of the Crown at the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, and the Department for Transport. He was Lord-in-Waiting, with the duties of a party whip. He was subsequently appointed as the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Rwanda and Uganda in January 2016.
June 07, 2021
#38 In Conversation with Mike Lake
We host an event with Canadian Member of Parliament for Edmonton-Wetaskiwin, Mike Lake MP. Political discourse, autism, conservatism and much more is discussed! Subscribe to our channel. Twitter :- @CFOC2020 Instagram :- @officialcfoc
June 01, 2021
#37 COVID-19 2nd Wave in India - Anil Padmanabhan (Bharatvaarta)
Another joint collaboration with our good friends at Bharatvaarta, we have veteran journalist Anil Padmanabhan with us discussing the 2nd wave in India.
May 27, 2021
#36 In Conversation with Tom Tugendhat
Recently banned from China, we had the fantastic Tom Tugendhat, MP for Tonbridge and Malling, and Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee. A regular voice for human rights, our discussion will cover a some fascinating topics including India, China, racism and much more.
May 20, 2021
#35 100 Days of Joe Biden with Robert Spalding
We continue our 100 Days of Joe Biden series with General Robert Spalding is a senior fellow at Hudson Institute. His work focuses on U.S.-China relations, economic and national security, and the Asia-Pacific military balance. Spalding has served in senior positions of strategy and diplomacy within the Defense and State Departments for more than 26 years, and is an accomplished innovator in government and a national security policy strategist. As Senior Director for Strategy to the President, he was the chief architect of the framework for national competition in the Trump administration’s National Security Strategy (NSS). We discuss Robert's groundbreaking book Stealth War: How China Took Over While America's Elite Slept. He demonstrates how China has waged a six-front war on America's economy, military, diplomacy, technology, education, and infrastructure - and they're winning. In the book he reveal China's motives and secret attacks on the West. His concern isn't merely that America could lose its position on the world stage but more urgently, that the Chinese Communist Party has a fundamental loathing of the legal protections America grants its people and seeks to create a world without those rights.
May 16, 2021
#34 100 Days of Joe Biden with Michael Chertoff
We continue with our 100 Days of Joe Biden series with Michael Chertoff who is an American attorney who was the second United States Secretary of Homeland Security to serve under President George W. Bush. He was the co-author of the USA PATRIOT Act. Chertoff previously served as a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, as a federal prosecutor, and as Assistant U.S. Attorney General. He succeeded Tom Ridge as U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security on February 15, 2005.
May 14, 2021
#33 100 Days of Joe Biden with Robert Zoellick
As part of our 100 Days of Joe Biden series, we have with us Robert Zoellick who was the United States Deputy Secretary of State and U.S. Trade Representative, from February 7, 2001 until February 22, 2005. He also was the eleventh World Bank President. Robert discusses the first 100 days of Joe Biden's presidency.
May 11, 2021
#32 Commonwealth Matters - 100 Days of Joe Biden
The CFOC team of Sunil, Noah & Phoebe discuss Joe Biden's first 100 days. Approval ratings, Afghanistan, Vaccinations, Immigration, Executive Orders are just so much of the topics covered.
May 10, 2021
#31 In Conversation with Liz Smith
We host a fantastic event with Liz Smith is a Scottish politician who has been Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) for Mid Scotland and Fife since 2007. A member of the Scottish Conservative Party, she has served as Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform since 2020. With the Scottish elections pending, Noah asks a number of interesting questions to Liz.
April 29, 2021
#30 Discussions with Bridges - 1
We are joined by our patron and New Zealand National Party MP, Simon Bridges who discusses everything from woke-ism, policing, Prince Philip and much more.
April 22, 2021
#29 India-UK Relations with Bob Blackman MP & Bharatvaarta
Robert 'Bob' Blackman is a Conservative Party MP from the United Kingdom, who has served as the Member of Parliament from Harrow East since 2010. He has also served as the Executive Secretary of the 1922 Committee since 2012. Bob is a great friend of India, representing a constituency, where a third of his voters are of Indian origin. He has made great attempts to integrate and assimilate his constituents of the Indian origin in the business, social and political mainstream over the years. In the Labour dominated politics of the London area, he is one of the few Conservative MPs who win consistently with his strong local connect. Bob understands the UK - India relations very well. He has been advocating a trade deal between the two countries. He tweeted the myths being spread on the recent Indian farm reforms and appealed to his fellow British MPs to not fall to the propaganda being spread about these laws. Bob had met PM Narendra Modi one on one during his last UK visit. Bob was awarded the Padma Shri for exemplary public service in 2020. In this wide ranging conversation, we discussed India-UK relations and what the future holds.
April 06, 2021
#28 Commonwealth Matters - Managing the threat of China
The CFOC team of Sunil, Phoebe & Noah discuss managing the threat of China.
March 29, 2021
#27 In Conversation with Ranil Jayawardena MP
Ranil Jayawardena is a British Conservative Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for North East Hampshire since May 2015 and the Minister for International Trade since May 2020. In this podcast we have an engaging, detailed chat on trade as well as covering social media.
March 29, 2021
#26 An Environmental talk with BCA & CFOC
CFOC are joined by two members from BCA who discuss a variety of subjects centred on the environment.
March 28, 2021
#25 In Conversation with Simon O'Connor MP
We have an engaging conversation with New Zealand National MP Simon O'Connor on trade & the National Party's future. Simon David O'Connor MP (born 25 February 1976) is a New Zealand politician and a member of the New Zealand House of Representatives. He is a member of the National Party and is spokesperson for customs, and associate spokesperson for housing (social) and social development. He is also Chair of the Foreign Affairs, Defence, and Trade committee.
March 21, 2021
#24 Climate Change discussion with Aliza Ayaz
Sunil & Noah chat with international climate activist Aliza Ayaz. She has been appointed as the United Nations youth ambassador for Sustainable Development Goal 13 (SDG13).
March 15, 2021
#23 Indian Farm Reforms with Bharatvaarta & Anand Ranganathan
A fantastic event with leading columnist, Anand Ranganathan and our good friends at Bharatvaarta. We discuss in detail the farm reforms, offering a unique perspective. Anand Ranganathan is a professor, scientist, author, and also, among the most popular television commentators, renowned for his articulate and forthright views on social and political matters. This podcast is available on YouTube, Apple, Google, Spotify and other popular platforms.
March 09, 2021
#22 In Conversation with John Howard
A wide-range chat with the former Australian Prime Minister John Howard. We discuss his 11 years as Prime Minister as well as his current topics such as CANZUK, Identity Politics and much more. John Howard, served as Australia’s Prime Minister between March 1996 and November 2007. He is the nation’s second longest serving Prime Minister, was a Member of Parliament for 33 years, and was Treasurer in an earlier government.
March 04, 2021
#21 Commonwealth Matters -The China Crisis: How did we get here? (Part 1)
The CFOC team of Sunil, Phoebe & Noah discuss the China Crisis and how China have risen to become the superpower they are today.
March 03, 2021
#20 In Conversation with Simon Bridges
We have leading New Zealand Politician in Simon Bridges MP on our platform to discuss the National Party, Covid-19, CANZUK and much more. Simon had served in several Cabinet portfolios, including those of Minister of Transport (2014–2017) and Minister of Economic Development (2016–2017) as well as serving as Leader of the National Party.
February 22, 2021
#19 In Conversation with Judith Collins MP
CFOC hold a fantastic event with Judith Collins, the leader of New Zealand National Party with special guest Simon O'Connor (Chair of the Foreign Affairs, Defence, and Trade committee). Lots of different subjects were discussed with the two of the New Zealand Parliament including CANZUK, Commonwealth and Trade.
February 22, 2021
#18 Commonwealth Matters - Global Britain
The CFOC team of Sunil, Noah & Phoebe discuss Global Britain and the Commonwealth with clips from Michael Chong (Canadian MP & Shadow Minister of Foreign Affairs), Dehenna Davison (British Conservative MP) & John R. Baird (Canadian MP & Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2011 to 2015).
February 12, 2021
#17 In Conversation with Michael Chong
Michael Chong discusses Covid-19, forthcoming elections, the commonwealth, trade deals and many more topics with CFOC. Michael David Chong MP is a Canadian politician. He has represented the riding of Wellington—Halton Hills in the House of Commons of Canada since 2004. He served in the cabinet of Prime Minister Stephen Harper as Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister of Sport, as well as the President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada from February 6, 2006, to November 27, 2006. Chong is a member of the Conservative Party of Canada, and was a candidate for its leadership election in 2017. On September 8, 2020, Chong was appointed Official Opposition Critic for Foreign Affairs
February 10, 2021
#16 In Conversation with Shaun Bailey
CFOC have a conversation with London Mayoral Candidate, Shaun Bailey. A number of different topics are discussed including Black Lives Matter, Conservatism and many more.
February 09, 2021
#15 Paul Rota & Sunil Sharma address the University of Surrey Conservative Society
CEO Paul Rota & COO Sunil Sharma speak to members of University of Surrey Conservative Society on a variety of issues related to the Commonwealth.
February 09, 2021
#14 Commonwealth Matters - Censorship & Social Media
The CFOC team of Sunil, Noah & Phoebe discuss Censorship & Social Media with never been heard before clips from General Robert Spalding( former Senior Director for Strategic Planning, National Security Council, White House), Jeremy Hunt MP (former UK Foreign Secretary) & Sir Malcolm Rifkind (Cabinet minister under Prime Ministers Margaret Thatcher and John Major).
January 30, 2021
#13 In Conversation with Sir Malcolm Rifkind
Sir Malcolm Rifkind KCMG QC is a British politician who served in various roles as a Cabinet minister under Prime Ministers Margaret Thatcher and John Major, including Secretary of State for Scotland (1986–1990), Defence Secretary (1992–1995), and Foreign Secretary (1995–1997).
January 20, 2021
#12 CFOC 2020 Year Review
We had faced an unprecedented year full of doom and gloom. However at Conservative Friends of the Commonwealth, we had some fantastic moments of positivity which we share in our Year Review. CEO Paul & COO Sunil share their thoughts on a remarkable year.
December 30, 2020
#11 In Conversation with Michael Chertoff
We discuss with Michael Chertoff a variety of subjects from UK-USA relationship, Donald Trump, COVID-19, Joe Biden, the future of politics, cyber-security, China and much more. Michael Chertoff, an American attorney who was the United States Secretary of Homeland Security serving under President George W. Bush. As Secretary, he led a 218,000 person department with a budget of $50 billion. Mr. Chertoff developed and implemented border security and immigration policy; promulgated homeland security regulations; and spearheaded a national cyber security strategy. In 2009, he co-founded the Chertoff Group, a risk-management and security consulting company.
December 29, 2020
#10 CFOC & CDP Christmas Address with Dr Luke Evans MP & Dehenna Davison MP
Conservative Friends of the Commonwealth team up with Conservative Diversity Project to give our Christmas Address. Two members of Parliament join us in Dr Luke Evans & Dehenna Davison
December 29, 2020
#9 In Conversation with Andy Pilley
A fantastic discussion with English businessman and Fleetwood Town Football Club owner Andrew Pilley as we discuss football, politics, business and Covid-19. https://www.cfoc.co.uk/
December 29, 2020
#8 MP Helen Grant & Sunil Sharma address the Oxford University Conservative Association
Helen Grant and Sunil Sharma hold a hugely insightful discussion about diversity in politics, the future of the Commonwealth and Britain’s place in the world
December 29, 2020
#7 The Commonwealth Reception ft. MP Helen Grant
Following an unprecedented year, we at the Conservative Friends of the Commonwealth held our annual reception virtually. We discussed the incredible year we have had as well as forthcoming plans including future webinars and manifesto plans. We were also joined by our parliamentary chair Helen Grant MP.
December 17, 2020
#6 In Conversation with Dr Luke Evans MP
Dr Luke Evans is a Member of Parliament for Bosworth in Leicestershire. Using his medical expertise he explained more about Covid-19, the economy as well as revealing a new bill he was proposing with regards to body image and social media.
December 17, 2020
#5 In Conversation with Robert Spalding
Robert Spalding is a senior fellow at Hudson Institute. His work focuses on U.S.-China relations, economic and national security, and the Asia-Pacific military balance. Spalding has served in senior positions of strategy and diplomacy within the Defense and State Departments for more than 26 years, and is an accomplished innovator in government and a national security policy strategist. As Senior Director for Strategy to the President, he was the chief architect of the framework for national competition in the Trump administration’s National Security Strategy (NSS). We discuss Robert's groundbreaking book Stealth War: How China Took Over While America's Elite Slept. He demonstrates how China has waged a six-front war on America's economy, military, diplomacy, technology, education, and infrastructure - and they're winning. In the book he reveal China's motives and secret attacks on the West. His concern isn't merely that America could lose its position on the world stage but more urgently, that the Chinese Communist Party has a fundamental loathing of the legal protections America grants its people and seeks to create a world without those rights.
November 30, 2020
#4 In Conversation with Robert Zoellick & George Osborne
Robert Zoellick discusses his new book with George Osborne (former Chancellor of Exchequer) Robert B. Zoellick has served as Deputy Secretary, Under Secretary, and Counselor of the State Department; Ambassador and U.S. Trade Representative; Counselor to the Secretary of the Treasury; Deputy Chief of Staff at the White House; and President of the World Bank. His experience spans six U.S. Presidencies-during the Cold War, in its closing chapter, and into the first decades of the 21st Century. Zoellick is now a Senior Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, where he contributes to the "Applied History" project. ABOUT THE BOOK Recounting the actors and events of U.S. foreign policy, Robert B. Zoellick identifies five traditions that have emerged from America's encounters with the world: the importance of North America; the special roles trading, transnational, and technological relations play in defining ties with others; changing attitudes toward alliances and ways of ordering connections among states; the need for public support, especially through Congress; and the belief that American policy should serve a larger purpose. These traditions frame a closing review of post-Cold War presidencies, which Zoellick foresees serving as guideposts for the future. Both a sweeping work of history and an insightful guide to U.S. diplomacy past and present, AMERICA IN THE WORLD (On-Sale: August 4) serves as an informative companion and practical adviser to readers seeking to understand the strategic and immediate challenges of U.S. foreign policy during an era of transformation.
November 24, 2020
#3 In Conversation with Sir Lynton Crosby
Conservative Friends of the Commonwealth's Sunil Sharma and Sir Lynton Crosby discuss his history masterminding elections across the Commonwealth. Sir Lynton Crosby is an Australian political strategist who has managed election campaigns. He has been described as a "the Wizard of Oz", as well as being called "one of the most powerful and influential figures in the nation.” Crosby first became involved in politics with the Liberal Party of Australia, eventually being appointed federal director of the party in 1997. He oversaw the party's successful campaigns at the 1996, 1998, 2001, and 2004 federal elections, which made the Howard Government Australia's second-longest serving federal government. He has since also run Conservative campaigns for the 2008 and 2012 London mayoral elections, as well as the 2015 general election, all of which resulted in victories for the party. https://www.cfoc.co.uk/ Twitter :- @CFOC2020 / @SunilSharmaUK Instagram :- @officialcfoc / @SunilSharmaUK
November 19, 2020
#2 In Conversation with Malcolm Turnbull (Australian Prime Minister 2015-2018)
A wide ranging conversation with the former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull covering a number of topics such as cancel culture, the media, immigration, trade, populism and the future of politics. Please follow the below tags to see our latest events. https://www.cfoc.co.uk/ Twitter :- @CFOC2020 / @SunilSharmaUK Instagram :- @officialcfoc / @SunilSharmaUK
November 19, 2020
#1 In Conversation with John R. Baird (Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs 2011-15)
A fascinating conversation with the former Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs John R. Baird covering a number of topics such as covid-19, EU trade, TPP, Immigration and many more. We were fortunate enough to have a special guest in MP Helen Grant. Please follow the below tags to see our latest events. https://www.cfoc.co.uk/ Twitter :- @CFOC2020 / @SunilSharmaUK Instagram :- @officialcfoc / @SunilSharmaUK
November 19, 2020