George Freeman said it’ll be a “cross between Hay-on-Wye and the Latitude festival”
The Conservative Party’s Mid Norfolk MP, George Freeman, has announced a one-day “Conservative ideas festival” which has since been dubbed as ‘Tory Glastonbury’. The plan is to be launched in response to Jeremy Corbyn’s popularity at this year’s Glastonbury, after the Labour leader delivered a speech calling for an end to collective hate before Run The Jewels’ set on the Pyramid Stage.
Via Twitter, Freeman said, “Why shld the left have all the fun at festivals? We need a cultural revival of grassroots Conservatism”.
According to Financial Times, the MP has raised £25,000 for a one-day event to be held in September – the weekend before the Tory party conference. The event will be invitation-only for 150-200 festival-goers, and a team of more than 20 people, including 10 MPs, will be organising the event.
2017’s Corbyn-centric Glastonbury saw crowds repeatedly chant the Labour leader’s name at shows. Felix Dickinson rounded off the weekend by sampling a Corbyn speech during his set and Radiohead’s highly anticipated performance saw frontman Thom Yorke mock the Tory motto: “Strong and stable”.
— George Freeman MP (@Freeman_George) July 23, 2017