Ben Howlett: A New Year message from Conservative Future
Over the last 18 months Conservative Future has seen a radical transformation. We have seen more events, more campaigning, more social action projects and above all else a much improved reputation. We are an integral part of the Conservative Party family and a campaign machine that can motivate hundreds of activists across the country to campaign for the Party.
I would like to use this New Year message to firstly thank members and all those that have supported Conservative Future this year and second to set out CF’s wider plans for 2012. Over the last year Conservative Future has gained over 110 new branches with 310+ nationally, with a CF presence in over 90% of our universities. There have been CF events with members of the Cabinet and we even had a reception with the Prime Minister. Events not only happen in London, they happen across the UK, from Scarborough to Exeter, from Belfast to Medway. We are internationally respected, hosting a series of Conservative politicians from across the world and even looking to build CF branches in ex-pat communities across Europe. Our communications have improved massively and we look forward to a continuation of our monthly newsletter Your Voice that is sent to all CF members across the UK advertising events and bringing news to members.
I want to take this opportunity to give a special thank you to all those that have helped Conservative Future grow and transform over the last year. To the 2010-2011 National CF Executive who worked so hard to ensure that CF was doing more than it has ever before. To those at CCHQ who have provided so much support behind the scenes. To Andrew Stephenson, a brilliant local MP and a great supporter of CF within the House of Commons and in particular the Co-Chairmen Andrew Feldman and Sayeeda Warsi, who have both helped support CF in so many ways they are too long to list. Last but not least our members, who have campaigned for the successful No to AV campaign, campaigned for Boris to be returned as Mayor of London and held fantastic events across the UK. With a new executive, we look to take CF to the next level.
Conservative Future is back at the heart of debate, campaigning, improving communities by social action and working to get Boris re-elected as Mayor of London – as well as working for an overall Conservative majority in 2015 with David Cameron as Prime Minister.