James Forsyth James Forsyth

Tory MPs hold away day on strategy, policy, and general knowledge

Tory MPs are currently heading off to Oxfordshire for an away day. But the Tory leadership is keen to emphasise that this isn’t just another BBQ-style event. There will, they say, be a substantial policy element to it as well which could make things interesting as regular rebels Sarah Wollaston, Adam Afriyie and Peter Bone will all be in attendance.

George Osborne, Theresa May and Jeremy Hunt will all hold policy surgeries. Backbenchers will be invited to offer their views on what the government should be thinking about doing in all these areas. They’ll also be presentations on the media environment by Craig Oliver and the new Number 10 press secretary Graeme Wilson.

Lynton Crosby will update the MPs on the party’s campaign strategy. The word in Tory circles is that the party is planning to extend its list of target seats beyond the 40 that have been already been announced.

There will, though, be evening entertainment as well with Michael Gove playing quizmaster.

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