Tuesday, 27 November 2007

Schools Summit

Today I attended the CWO Schools Summit at the House of Commons, as a speaker. Fiona Hodgson and her team (Angela Guillaume, Pauline Lucas, Elaine Hall, Eve Burt) had pulled together this event for 100 sixth form girls to learn about Women in Politics.

Jacqui Lait MP was chairing the event, and the girls heard from Theresa May, Eleanor Laing, Anne Milton and then me!!! Thank goodness I am used to speaking in public. The event was held in Committee Room 14, the Gladstone Room, where the Finance Bill is debated in Committee each year.

There were girls there from 12 different schools, 6 private, and 6 state, from both lower and upper sixth. And my old history teacher, Mr Dukes, was one of the accompanying teachers - what a small world.

The girls were incredibly bright and encouragingly ambitious and put some difficult and probing questions to the panel of speakers about politics, working hours, prospects, and Maggie Thatcher.

The event was a great success, and I hope to be involved in many more events. It was great when one of the state schools from Beckenham were asking questions at the end and said that they had been really inspired by the day.

Sunday, 25 November 2007

NME Meeting - 3rd December

On Monday next week (3rd December) we have an Executive meeting, so if there is anything you'd like me to raise, then do let me know. We will be discussing our plans for the final four months of office and making sure we can finish this year on a flourish. It's been a while since we had an Exec meeting (apart from the two in September below), and it will be good to get a comprehensive update on what everyone has achieved over the last six months. I find that having a meeting tends to focus everyone's mind, and motivates people to finish any outstanding tasks.

The last two meetings we had were to plan CF involvements had Gordon Brown had the bottle to call an election. I couldn't make one the second of these meetings due to a previous commitment which I made known at the time the meeting date was being discussed, but it was convenient for everyone else. I gave my input to Mark in advance of that meeting, which I assume was communicated, and as I understood it was fully involved in the planning process for this eventuality.

In the event, as we all know, Brown bottled it.

Tuesday, 20 November 2007


Since Conference, I have had a number of requests for assistance in setting up, growing and running CF branches in both marginal and other seats. In the last 2 weeks I have dealt with over 10 different CF branches. Now that the e-mail addresses are working on the CF website, enquiries submitted online are being received by Michael Lunn and I am helping dealing with them.

I tend to have an individual discussion with the CF branch. The truth of branch building and sustainability is that there is no one size fits all. It depends on the constituency, the Association, and of course the individuals involved - is it mainly student, working, graduates. All of these can make a real difference in advice offered. The general booklets include general tips on setting up a CF branch, and branch Chairman can obtain copies of these from Michael Lunn.

As I have posted before, ultimately, some key principles work everywhere. What is obvious is that hard work pays off, as does makign sure that we focus on retaining existing members.

I want to highlight one particular case - Jon Ayden and Jason Smith in Newcastle, who have done a sterling job in growing our branches (both student and working life) in Newcastle. As well as focussing on Northumbria university, they are also setting up a city wide group to bring CF members together. Well done to them for getting things moving and for getting on and doing something positive.

Tuesday, 13 November 2007

CF Christmas Party @ Revolution

The annual Conservative Future Christmas Party has been announced for Monday 10th December at the new Revolution bar in the City of London.

140-144 Leadenhall Street,
EC3V 4PT -
Start: 6.30pm

A cash bar will operate but the drinks are reasonably priced, we’ve checked!

If you want to attend, please e-mail Karen Allen at karenallen2@yahoo.co.uk to register.

Saturday, 10 November 2007

CF Campaign Day - Brentford and Isleworth

Join CF for the last campaign day of the year with the fabulous PPC Mary McLeod. The aim is to deliver a 'Mary Macleod' leaflet across the whole constituency. Some canvassing material will also be made available in case people finish delivering their streets early! Those who go to Chiswick Riverside in the afternoon, will be canvassing since we have a by-election there in Dec due to the death of a Councillor.

Saturday, December 1, 2007
Time: 10:00am - 4:30pm
Location: Hounslow Central Tube Station
Street: Lampton Road
City/Town: London, United Kingdom

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