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THE FREEDOM ASSOCIATION (TFA) is a pressure group in the United Kingdom that describes itself as non-partisan, centre-right and libertarian , which has links to the Conservative Party and UK Independence Party (UKIP). TFA was founded in 1975 as the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR FREEDOM (NAFF) and gained public prominence through its anti-trade union campaigns. Its popularity grew after campaigning against perceived abuses to individual freedom including big business, big government, organised labour and terrorist activities. By the end of the 1970s the organisation had around 20,000 members including the wife of the late Labour politician Herbert Morrison
Herbert Morrison
.

In the 1980s, TFA campaigned against sporting sanctions imposed on apartheid -era South Africa – earning a judicial rebuke after taking unsuccessful legal action to overturn the International Cricket Council ban on touring teams, which it saw as an imposition on cricketers' freedom. TFA has also campaigned against the UK's membership of the European Union
European Union
and for greater impartiality at the BBC
BBC
, having in the past exerted pressure to secure an impartiality clause in the Broadcasting Act 1990 . The Association's honorary President
President
is Christopher Gill . The current Chief Executive of The Freedom Association is Simon Richards .

CONTENTS

* 1 Origin

* 2 Political stance

* 2.1 Principles * 2.2 Party links

* 3 Leadership

* 4 Campaigns

* 4.1 Trade unions * 4.2 Apartheid-era South Africa * 4.3 National identity cards * 4.4 Better Off Out
Better Off Out
* 4.5 The BBC
BBC
and the licence fee * 4.6 Libel Reform * 4.7 Magna Carta
Magna Carta
in the 21st Century * 4.8 Vaping
Vaping
* 4.9 Freedom Association Societies

* 5 Political events

* 5.1 The Freedom Zone * 5.2 Pub quizzes * 5.3 Freedom in the City * 5.4 Magna Carta
Magna Carta
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MAGNA CARTA IN THE 21ST CENTURY

The Freedom Association considers the Magna Carta
Magna Carta
to be one of the most fundamental documents in English Law. The Association produced a book, Magna Carta
Magna Carta
in the 21st Century: Modern Britain and The Erosion of Freedom which highlighted how the traditions of Magna Carta
Magna Carta
were being usurped by legal traditions from elsewhere in the world. The book is designed for school children, to educate them about the core concepts of English legal traditions. In doing so, the Association hoped it could enhance the understanding of both Magna Carta
Magna Carta
and the conditions necessary for a legal system to be free from corruption. In 2015, on the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, The Freedom Association held a number of events with The Hampden Trust and the Federalist Society
Federalist Society
for Law and Public Policy Studies across England to debate the relevance of the Great Charter in the 21st Century.

VAPING

In 2016, the Freedom Association launched the Freedom to Vape campaign. It aims to lobby the Government to remove the regulations imposed on the vaping industry by the European Union’s Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) 2016. The campaign also wants to raise awareness of the difference between vaping and smoking combustible tobacco and to set up a ‘freedom-to-vape’ scheme for businesses who welcome vapers.

FREEDOM ASSOCIATION SOCIETIES

Beginning in 2009, the Association initiated a programme to create localised "Freedom Association Societies" at universities throughout the United Kingdom. The first such group was established at the University of York
University of York
followed by another founded at the University of Exeter by John Gill, the grandson of Christopher Gill , the Association's President
President
. Other Freedom Association Societies have since been established at Bath Spa University
Bath Spa University
, the University of Birmingham , Brighton University , Cambridge University , Cardiff University , Portsmouth University and both the University of Southampton and Southampton Solent University
Southampton Solent University
. In the 1980s, TFA ran a Campaign for Student Freedom, against the National Union of Students .

POLITICAL EVENTS

THE FREEDOM ZONE

The Freedom Zone is a fringe event run by the Freedom Association, focusing on topical political issue through discussions with politicians and commentators, which has been run at party conferences since 2008. Most recently, they attended the 2014 Conservative Party Conference, where they held discussions on the Magna Carta, Policing, UKIP
UKIP
and the EU. Speakers at the Freedom Zone have included Eric Pickles , Daniel Hannan
Daniel Hannan
, Hugh Orde
Hugh Orde
, Dominic Raab
Dominic Raab
, Fraser Nelson , Paul Staines , Peter Lilley , John Whittingdale
John Whittingdale
, Ruth Lea and Nigel Farage . The Freedom Zone is always held outside the "secure zone" of the main Conservative party conference, because the Freedom Association claims that it has been banned from the main venue since 2006, when it was told that there was no space within the zone for its stand. It therefore promote debates of more controversial issues, which normally do not feature in the main debate such as during the 2013 Freedom Zone, when they held a debate on the problem of Tory defection to UKIP
UKIP
- "Why I left v Why I'm staying", having already invited Nigel Farage
Nigel Farage
to speak the day before. The Freedom Zone has also been to the UKIP
UKIP
and Liberal Democrat Conference in 2011 and the Labour Party Conference in 2012.

PUB QUIZZES

The Freedom Association also hold pub quizzes , usually with Jacob Rees-Mogg as quizmaster, in Westminster that have, according to Iain Dale , gained a "cult status".

FREEDOM IN THE CITY

Held regularly in the City of London
City of London
, Freedom in the City events provide an opportunity for those working in the City to hear from political speakers.

MAGNA CARTA DAY PIMM\'S & POLITICS BOAT TRIP

Restarted in 2013 after a 19-year hiatus, the Magna Carta
Magna Carta
Day Pimm\'s & Politics Boat Trip is a day-long river cruise down the Thames
Thames
from Windsor to Runnymede
Runnymede
. Guests are welcomed on board the cruise with a glass of Pimms and a buffet lunch.The cruise always includes a line-up of speakers who in the past have included Daniel Hannan
Daniel Hannan
MEP, Robert Halfon MP and Christopher Gill .

MARGARET THATCHER BIRTHDAY WEEKEND

Established following the death of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
Margaret Thatcher
, annually the TFA organises a weekend in Grantham
Grantham
, the birthplace of Margaret Thatcher, to celebrate her legacy on the date of her birth. Taking place at the Best Western Angel -webkit-column-width: 30em; column-width: 30em; list-style-type: decimal;">

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