Line-up for ‘Tory Glastonbury’ revealed as party tries to boost youth engagement – UK

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A Labour MP and sauce pioneer Loyd Grossman have been revealed as speakers at a festival dubbed the “Tory Glastonbury”.

They will join a host of Conservative big beasts such as Michael Gove and fresher faces including Jonny Mercer in a bid to attract more young people into the party.

The one-day event on 8 September will be held across eight tents, but with seemingly no music.

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It was launched last year after Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn addressed tens of thousands of fans on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury.

Tory MP George Freeman, who has organised the event, lamented at the time of the Labour leader’s appearance: “Why is it the left who have all the fun in politics?”

This year’s line-up will feature prominent parliamentarians, including Baroness Warsi, International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt and Environment Secretary Mr Gove.

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But some surprising names feature too.

Labour MP Peter Kyle is down to speak, as is Mr Grossman.

Giesla Stuart, the former Labour MP and chief Brexit campaigner, Dr Ben Goldacre and the Lebanese ambassador to the UK are also on the line-up.

Sessions will be split between eight tents: hopes and fears; politics; society; arts and culture; economy; global Britain; and two for technology and innovation.

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Early bird tickets cost up to £30, or £5 for anyone aged 13-15.

It will come three weeks before the Conservative Party Conference, which will see more sober speeches and debate.

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