Sunday, 27 November 2011

The CF Revolution has Begun

Ask any member of CF and they will tell you just how hard it is to get a new branch off the ground. Whether it’s organising the meetings, booking the speakers or chasing down new members and encouraging them to turn up, everyone knows that our movement is growing because of the hard work of each and every one of our volunteers. CF members are often the unsung miracle workers of the party, providing a network of campaign support, ideological debate and members to drive campaigns across all levels of the party.

Over the weekend, I had the pleasure of attending the Northern Conservative Future Christmas Dinner, the first event of its kind, attracting over 150 attendees from across the UK. It was truly inspiring speaking to activists who have recently created or transformed their branches and driven up their membership numbers, working in a collaborative effort. Collectively, the efforts of these members has transformed the Northern regions into one of the Party’s most slick and well oiled campaign machines, spreading the Conservative message to supporters and swing voters alike.

Watching Philip Smith, Chairman of the Northern Partnership, the dozens of branch Chairman and volunteers surrounding him on Saturday night, it was clear that something truly special is happening with CF in the North. Our members are confident, up for the challenge, leading by example and ready to grow and expand their powerbase, spurred on by the fact they have a strong team leading the way and helping them get on.

After years of the CF pendulum swinging in favour of the south, I have no hesitation in saying that CF’s Northern revolution has begun, and with elections just around the corner we could well see a strong representation from areas outside of the London bubble when the votes are counted. The room was jam packed with talented individuals- a wealth of opportunity awaiting them and it’s time we recognised this drive and elevated our fine Northern candidates onto the national stage.

Branches across every corner of the UK should take note of Northern CF’s achievements and seek to replicate them wherever possible. It only takes one or two volunteers before the snowball effect kicks in and membership numbers start to rise. For CF the Northern revolution will deliver a new generation of talent onto our National team, but this isn’t the end of the story, it’s just the beginning.

Pictures coming soon….

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