Falklands War Heroes

The Falklands War, which may prove to be the last ‘colonial’ war that Britain ever fights, took place in 1982. Fought 8,000 miles from home soil, it cost the lives of 255 British military personnel, with many more wounded, some seriously.

The war also witnessed many acts of outstanding courage by the UK Armed Forces after a strong Task Force was sent to regain the islands from the Argentine invaders. Soldiers, sailors and airmen risked, and in some cases gave, their lives for the freedom of 1,820 islanders.

Lord Ashcroft, who has been fascinated by bravery since he was a young boy, has amassed several medal collections over the past four decades, including the world’s largest collection of Victoria Crosses, Britain and the Commonwealth’s most prestigious gallantry award. This is his seventh book in the “Heroes” series championing gallantry.

Falklands War Heroes tells the stories behind his collection of valour and service medals awarded for the Falklands War. The collection, almost certainly the largest of its kind in the world, spans all the major events of the war.

This book, which contains nearly forty individual write-ups, has been written to mark the fortieth anniversary of the war. It is Lord Ashcroft’s attempt to champion the outstanding bravery of our Armed Forces during an undeclared war that was fought and won over ten weeks in the most challenging conditions.

Veterans’ Transition Review – Third follow-up report

In late 2012 Lord Ashcroft was appointed the Prime Minister’s Special Representative on Veterans’ Transition. At that time the apparent plight of Service Leavers was much discussed in the media, highlighted by some charities and of concern in government. Lord Ashcroft’s interest in the Forces and their charities, military history and courage provided the background to the appointment, and he was in a position to bring a completely independent approach as he held no candle for any particular body.

To give the appointment real meaning Lord Ashcroft decided to conduct a detailed review of the transition of Service personnel into civilian life, setting up a small team which, over the course of a year, met every organisation that had a stake in this field, conducted further surveys and held discussions with government departments. The result was The Veterans’ Transition Review, published in February 2014. It set out some 43 substantial recommendations of which the government agreed to implement 40; two of the others could be achieved in a different way and the third, concerning Northern Ireland, remains unresolved. In agreement with Oliver Letwin, who was leading and coordinating the government’s effort, Lord Ashcroft said he would publish follow-up reports annually to monitor progress.

This is the third annual follow up report to The Veterans’ Transition Review.

Download the full report here.

Read the research summary to this report.

 

Visit VeteransTransition.co.uk for more information

The Lost Majority

The 2017 general election was supposed to be a walkover for the Conservative Party – but the voters had other ideas. In The Lost Majority, Lord Ashcroft draws on his unique research to explain why the thumping victory the Tories expected never happened: what real voters made of the campaign, why Britain refused Theresa May’s appeal for a clear mandate to negotiate Brexit, where the party stands after more than a decade of ‘modernisation’ – and the Tories’ mammoth task of building a winning coalition when 13 million votes is not enough for victory.

To purchase ‘The Lost Majority’ click here

 

Veterans’ Transition Review – Second follow-up report

In late 2012 Lord Ashcroft was appointed the Prime Minister’s Special Representative on Veterans’ Transition. At that time the apparent plight of Service Leavers was much discussed in the media, highlighted by some charities and of concern in government. Lord Ashcroft’s interest in the Forces and their charities, military history and courage provided the background to the appointment, and he was in a position to bring a completely independent approach as he held no candle for any particular body.

To give the appointment real meaning Lord Ashcroft decided to conduct a detailed review of the transition of Service personnel into civilian life, setting up a small team which, over the course of a year, met every organisation that had a stake in this field, conducted further surveys and held discussions with government departments. The result was The Veterans’ Transition Review, published in February 2014. It set out some 43 substantial recommendations of which the government agreed to implement 40; two of the others could be achieved in a different way and the third, concerning Northern Ireland, remains unresolved. In agreement with Oliver Letwin, who was leading and coordinating the government’s effort, Lord Ashcroft said he would publish follow-up reports annually to monitor progress.

This is the second annual follow up report to The Veterans’ Transition Review.

Download the full report here.

Read the research summary to this report.

 

Visit VeteransTransition.co.uk for more information

Hero of the Month by Lord Ashcroft

First published in Britain at War in May 2016.

Leonard Harrison was a wonderfully courageous character who possibly defused more unexploded devices than any other man during the Second World War. Not only that but, unlike many other bomb disposal experts from the conflict, he lived to tell the tale.

His physical courage was matched by his technical ability – for he combined defusing countless bombs with formulating detailed suggestions for dealing with fuses in unexploded devices that were accepted by the Ministry of Home Security as the basis of their manual for use in the war.

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Call Me Dave

Call Me Dave, the unauthorised biography of David Cameron - by Michael Ashcroft and Isabel Oakeshott

The unauthorised biography of David Cameron.

After a decade as Conservative Party leader, David Cameron remains an enigma to those outside his tight-knit inner circle. This authoritative biography of Britain’s youngest Prime Minister for nearly 200 years provides a fascinating insight into the man only those closest to him know. Based on hundreds of interviews, with everyone from Westminster insiders to intimate friends, this book reveals the real David Cameron.

What are his greatest strengths and his biggest weaknesses? How did he reach the top, first in the party and then as the leader of the UK’s first coalition government since the Second World War? How did he deal with everything from political triumph to personal tragedy? This unauthorised biography answers all these questions and more.

From Eton to Oxford, through gap-year adventures in Russia to his early days as a party apparatchik and his stint as a PR man, the book scrutinises Cameron’s journey to the premiership – and his record as the most powerful man in the land.

Co-authored by Lord Ashcroft, the former deputy chairman of the Tory Party and respected pollster, and Isabel Oakeshott, the award-winning political journalist, this is unquestionably the most hotly anticipated political book of the year.

Hardback, 608 pages
ISBN: 9781849549141
Release date 05 October 2015

Paperback, 656 pages
ISBN: 9781785900228
Release date 29 September 2016

Order the book here

Veterans’ Transition Review – First follow-up report

In late 2012 Lord Ashcroft was appointed the Prime Minister’s Special Representative on Veterans’ Transition. At that time the apparent plight of Service Leavers was much discussed in the media, highlighted by some charities and of concern in government. Lord Ashcroft’s interest in the Forces and their charities, military history and courage provided the background to the appointment, and he was in a position to bring a completely independent approach as he held no candle for any particular body.

To give the appointment real meaning Lord Ashcroft decided to conduct a detailed review of the transition of Service personnel into civilian life, setting up a small team which, over the course of a year, met every organisation that had a stake in this field, conducted further surveys and held discussions with government departments. The result was The Veterans’ Transition Review, published in February 2014. It set out some 43 substantial recommendations of which the government agreed to implement 40; two of the others could be achieved in a different way and the third, concerning Northern Ireland, remains unresolved. In agreement with Oliver Letwin, who was leading and coordinating the government’s effort, Lord Ashcroft said he would publish follow-up reports annually to monitor progress.

This is the first annual follow up report to The Veterans’ Transition Review.

Download the full report here.

 

Visit VeteransTransition.co.uk for more information

If the Tories are returning to comfort polling, that’s a bad sign

Conservative Campaign HQ is in optimistic mood, according to Dan Hodges in the Daily Telegraph. Lord Ashcroft looks at why.

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Biography of David Cameron

By Lord Ashcroft
I am pleased to announce that my next political book will be a biography of the Prime Minister, David Cameron.

The biography will be co-authored with Isabel Oakeshott, who is currently Political Editor of the Sunday Times and a regular commentator on television and radio. She will work full time on the project after completing her notice period with the paper.

I anticipate that the book will be published in the second half of 2015. (more…)

Twenty minutes of Miliband

Lord Ashcroft discusses Miliband and pre-election TV debates.

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