Sunday, 17 June 2007

Britain's Got Talent

I was really quite taken by this week's Britain's Got Talent show. It has been inspiring to see so many great talents showcased on ITV, and the stories behind them have been fascinating. Before the show started, I was a bit sceptical, but actually I really think it worked.

Who would think that a show would be a great success with a 6 year old, two bar tenders, and a monkey called Bubbles!? But actually, I am happy to say I really enjoyed it, and really enjoyed the variety. What was great was that it modernised "variety".

As I write this it has just been announced that the show has raised over £300,000 for the Royal Variety Show's chairty, which makes it even more worthwhile.

Finally well done Paul Potts, the winner of Britain's Got Talent. As a current mobile phone salesman for Carphone Warehouse, he walked into the auditions, and sang an incredibly amazing rendition of Nessum Dorma. Breathtaking.

CF Jobs on Offer

The Conservative Party is now advertising for the new CF organiser's posts on the National website.

The 2 posts advertised are:
General Manager & Organiser for the South of England:
Organiser for the North of England:

The closing date for applications is 9th July. The key responsibilities are:
  • securing funding for CF and youth vote activities;
  • developing relationships with sponsors;
  • formulating and delivering an annual CF business plan;
  • creating a formula for younger voter campaigning and messaging throughout the country, particularly focussing on target seats
  • planning specific CF campaign days;
  • fielding telephone calls from the media on youth matters;
  • planning CF and first time voter events;
  • CF website;
  • Organisation of Freshers' Fayres.
Developing relationships with our international sister parties, conducting CF elections, guiding and assisting the work of the CF Executive will also be key responsibilities. The role also includes responsibility for CF organisation and campaigning in the North and South of England respectively.

This is a really exciting development for CF and means that we should have dedicated employees in both the North and South of England to work with our Area Chairman, CF Area Chairman, the National Executive, and our Branch Chairman. I look forward to working with whoever the successful applicants are.

Finally, the roles request candidates to have a driving licence, as the role requires travelling across the North / South of England and visiting associations and CF branches, and associations. I fully support this requirement, and know that our CF members will appreciate someone who is willing to get their hands dirty.

Monday, 11 June 2007

CF Update

We are now able to announce two pieces of information relating to the running of CF.

Firstly, Sarah Southern, the CF National Organiser has resigned her job, and leaves to take up another post in CCHQ. There will be two replacements for her, and hopefully we will have one full time employee based out of London, and one in CCHQ. Advertisments will be sent out in due course. I would like to thank Sarah for all the work she has done over the last few years for CF. I have worked with her for nearly two years now, and I have appreciated her input and help on a number of projects. I wish her the best of luck for the future.

Secondly, CF elections have been delayed. There is no definitive date for when elections will take place although it is anticipated they will be in the Autumn. It had been intended for this term to be a nine month term to move the dates to earlier in the year. Understandably CF Executive members are considering whether they are happy to carry on, as they had only committed to running until June, and stood on this basis.

I can confirm that I intend to continue in my role as Deputy Chairman until the next CF elections later this year.

I am currently seeking confirmation as to when the Board propose to have the Area Chairman elections, whether at the same time as the National Executive elections, or some different time.

Wednesday, 6 June 2007

CFI / CF Success

Last night we had a joint event with CFI held at the fabulous Doon Bar, at the Albannach in Trafalgar Square. The fabulous Michael Gove was the guest speaker, who did an excellent job fielding questions from the 150 attendees for over an hour. After that there was a great opportunity for attendees to find out more about both organisations, network, and enjoy a few drinks!

Many thanks to CFI who were instrumental in getting the event together. Also, well done to CF Exec member Ranil who worked very hard with CFI to make the event a great success. Hopefully this will be the first of many national events with other Conservative organisations. If you are interested in running an event with CF, please let us know.

As promised the first 50 to attend received a copy of Michael Gove's book Celsisus 7/7. As a super keenie to get there, that included me. So far, fascinating. When work calms down, I might get to finish it.

Saturday, 2 June 2007

CF Candidate in St Andrews By-Election

Today I went out to St Andrews over in Hornchurch to help out former HCF Chairman, Gary Murphy, the candidate for the by-election in that ward.

It was great to catch up with HCF members, and friends, who are as ever working hard for the Conservative cause. Also out helping were Angela Watkinson MP, and Syed Kamal MEP.

The by-election is a week on Thursday - I wish Gary the very best of luck for the count.

Friday, 1 June 2007

Upcoming Events

There are a number of events coming up, details of which are below.

Monday 4th June
Nick Boles, potential candidate for London Mayor, speaking at the Goldsmiths Tavern, 316 New Cross Road, Lewisham SE14. Starting at 7pm.

Tuesday 5th June
CF / CFI reception at Doon Bar, Albannach by Trafalgar Square
Guest speaker is the excellent Michael Gove MP
Phone: CFI 0207 262 2493 to book your ticket. Just £5 in advance, or £7 on the door.
Places are limited and tickets are nearly sold out.

Saturday 16th June
GMCF Ball, Manchester
Venue: The Arora International Hotel, Manchester. Dress for dinner!
Guest speaker- Den Dover MEP
7.30 for 8pm. Champagne or cocktails first, and then a 3-course dinner. Afterwards, we have the private area of the bar reserved for us, and one of Sankey's resident DJ's is playing. At £35 (£30 for students) it really is the bargain of the century!!

Saturday 23rd June
Worcester CF Summer BBQ from 6:00pm - 11:00pm
Tickets £5.
Guest Speaker: Peter Luff
E-mail Anne-Marie Bray on for tickets and details of the exact venue.

Wednesday 4th July
CWF Summer Reception at the St Stephen's Club, 34 Queen Anne's Gate, Westminster SW1H 9AB from 6.45pm to 9pm.
Visit to download the ticket application form
Dress code: Business attire

Thursday 5th July
London West CF Summer Drinks
Venue: The Ship, 68 Borough Road, London
Nearest tubes: Borough, Elephant and Castle
A perfect event for non-party members, and new members, as well as existing members.