We are people who believe in Conservative principles and the Conservative way of doing things - freedom of the individual coupled with responsibility to help those less fortunate. We therefore try in any way we can to make sure that the people who run our lives, by way of local government as well as our national and European parliaments, are Conservatives, too.
Our members come from all walks of life and all age ranges. Some like to be very active within the Association, serving on committees and helping with all aspects of the organisation. Others are keen to attend fund-raising social events. Some do all those things.
In supporting our Conservative Member of Parliament, we offer a range of activities. We do try to cater for all interests.
During election campaigns, we are the ones who deliver the leaflets, stuff the envelopes, answer people’s queries, drive the cars, stand at the polling stations – anything at all which may persuade people to vote for the Conservative candidate.
We are entirely self-funding and receive no money from outside sources. We have to pay for every bit of local information you receive during those election campaigns - every piece of Conservative literature, every ‘phone call – all paid for with money raised by our Association.
We have many active branches in most areas of the constituency including the surrounding villages. Each has its own committee, elected annually, of chairman, secretary, treasurer, etc. Association members belong to whichever branch is appropriate for where they live and may, or may not, choose to be actively involved on their local committee. Committee members arrange fund-raising social events – coffee mornings, lunches, teas, dinners, quiz nights, barbecues, skittles, antiques shows, the list is endless.
At Association level, we hold lunches, dinners – even breakfasts or teas – with invited Cabinet members and MPs from other constituencies as guest speakers. This gives our members and their guests the opportunity to hear at first hand all the latest gossip from Westminster, what is going on in the Conservative Party, and also to ask those burning questions we feel we can only ask in private!
Liam attends as many of these functions as he can manage, culminating in the very popular ‘Dinner with Liam,’ which usually takes place in late autumn.
In addition to the local branches, there is the Conservative Women’s Organisation (the CWO) which meets regularly for a political discussion, as well as organising its own fund-raising social events.
We also have a Ladies Luncheon Club where ladies get together for an excellent lunch about six times a year to which interesting speakers are invited. Food for thought in more ways than one!
For the more politically minded, we run a discussion group for members and non-members plus a policy forum where members feed their views directly to central office.