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Norfolk MP George Freeman reveals plans for Tory festival after Corbyn takes Glastonbury by storm

Mid-Norfolk MP, George Freeman. Picture: Ian Burt

Mid-Norfolk MP, George Freeman. Picture: Ian Burt

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Mid-Norfolk MP George Freeman has announced plans for a Conservative festival.

Glastonbury 2017: Jeremy Corbyn, Clive Lewis and Katy Lewis-Steel, pictured at the music festival. Photo: Clive Lewis Glastonbury 2017: Jeremy Corbyn, Clive Lewis and Katy Lewis-Steel, pictured at the music festival. Photo: Clive Lewis

Following the success of Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn and Clive Lewis at Glastonbury Festival this summer, Mr Freeman has revealed his idea to revive the spirit of Theresa May’s party.

The 50-year-old said: “Why is it just the left who have all the fun in politics?”

Called the Conservative Ideas Festival, the event is intended as a cross between Hay-on-Wye and grassroots for party activists.

Mr Freeman told the Financial Times he has raised £25,000 for a one-day event to be held in September.

The Conservatives annual party conference will be held at the start of October, with the festival scheduled to take place the weekend before.

Downing Street is reportedly aware of the festival, but has agreed it will be held outside the formal structures of the Conservative Party.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn speaks to the crowd from the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury Festival, at Worthy Farm in Somerset. Photo: PA/Yui Mok Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn speaks to the crowd from the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury Festival, at Worthy Farm in Somerset. Photo: PA/Yui Mok

A team of more than 20 people, including 10 MPs, are organising the event, which will be invitation-only.

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