Thursday, 28 February 2008

You Can Get It If You Really Want

The Conservatives have launched a fantastic new countrywide membership campaign (with a video launch exclusively on Facebook). Set to the tune of "You Can Get it if You Really Want" it is an upbeat and catchy campaign.

I think this is a brilliant idea and not before time. With the news that Michael Vaughn was putting the video together, I was excited about what to expect. It delivered a message of aspiration, which Labour seem to have completely forgotten about and is at the heart of conservatism.

You can link through to the main Conservatives page here for more details, and for the remaining poster campaigns.

Saturday, 23 February 2008

Working Life Breakfast

Karen Allen is hosting a Working life breakfast with Jeremy Hunt MP on 26th February. For further details and tickets, please e-mail Karen on

Friday, 22 February 2008

London Universities Ball

I attended the London Universities Ball last night at the Russell Hotel, near Russell Square in London. The event was fabulously organised to Arleen and her team and I even managed to win a raffle prize.

The event brought together students from across London, as well as attendees from Kent, Oxford and no doubt other further afield places. Boris Johnson was the main speaker before dinner, Nadine Dorries gave an after dinner speech, and Dr David Bull, the PPC for Brighton & Pavilion did a sterling job on the auction. Unfortuately I had an early start and had to leave to catch the last tube, leaving the students to dance the night away!

I was delighted to attend and support such a brilliant event. Well done to Arleen and her team and I look forward to the invite for next years!

Wednesday, 6 February 2008

CF Hustings

There are two official hustings event this year ie those run by CCHQ.

The first of these is on Friday evening. I understand there are a few spaces left (although not many).

London Event – Friday 8th February 2008 starting at 7.30pm CCHQ, 30 Millbank, London, SW1P 4DP

Manchester Event – Friday 15th February 2008 starting at 7.30pm Kro Bar, 325 Oxford Road, Chorlton-on-Medlock, Manchester, M13 9PG. Cash bar available.

All speakers and guests must register with CCHQ, and be a valid Conservative Future Member. CCHQ reserves the right to refuse entry. To register please contact Amanda Cowan stating which event you wish to attend and whether you are attending as a candidate or as guest. Places are limited at both venues.

Both events will be chaired by Boni Sones, Executive Producer and Author, Women's Parliamentary Radio.

General Rules of Hustings

There will be a complete ban on the use of cameras / camera phones / and recording equipment. Anyone seen using recording equipment will be asked to leave the premises by the organisers.

Order of speakers

Lots will be drawn by the Chair for the running order of both the NME candidates and the Chairmen candidates.

Attendees will be reminded that we are looking for short questions on the issues of the elections, not speeches about what may or may not have gone on in the past or any other statement.

Chairman Candidates

All Chairman candidates will be given 5 minutes to speak and then answer 5 questions from the floor. The candidate’s answers should be to the point and not last more than 1 minute per question.

Usual rules of taste and decency apply to questions.

NME Candidates and Area Chairman Candidates

All NME and Area candidates should be given 2 minutes to speak and be allowed only two questions from the audience. The candidate’s answers should be to the point and not last more than 1 minute per question.

Spokesmen for candidates who cannot make the hustings are only allowed to speak for 1.30 minutes. They will not be allowed to answer questions on behalf of their candidate.


CF Elections

Nominations have now closed for the CF elections. A full list of those who are standing can be found at

I wish all the candidates the very best of luck with their campaign.