Guest Speaker at the Annual Dinner of the North West Hampshire Conservatives at Essebourne Manor, Hurstbourne Tarrant was Nick Herbert, MP for Arundel and South Downs.
Nick Herbert, the Shadow Justice Minister, was introduced by Sir George, who thanked him for his role in averting the merger of Hampshire Police Force with Thames Valley last year.
In his talk, Nick Herbert contrasted the challenges confronting Margaret Thatcher in 1979 with the challenges today.
"We had problems of inflation, over-mighty Trade Unions, and of public ownership - which she confronted and overcame. Today, we have the problems of a broken society, with more anti-social behaviour, lawlesness - and problems of climate change."
"The Party must be "in time" but drawing on its basic principles."
He said more should be done to get value for money in public services, and to reduce police bureaucracy."Only one-fifth of a policeman's time is spent out on the beat"
He answered a range of questions on education, prison reform and other subjects.
Nick Herbert was thanked by Therese Coffey, the Association Chairman.