Monday, February 19, 2018

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Friday, February 2, 2018

Yorkshire CPF Conference votes overwhelmingly for a Party Chairman elected by the members

Speaking on the motion "That This House believes that the Conservative Party Chairman should be elected by the members" The motion was carried by an overwhelming majority. Out of 110 attendance only 28 voted against.
This was a brilliant conference with motions for debate and discussion, participation and involvement. A superb example for the rest of the Conservative Party. This should be how the Party Conference is organised. Congratulations to everyone involved.

Decline & Fall of Democracy in the Tory Party Episode 1 Part 2

This shows what happened in Northern Ireland after the historic vote at the Party Conference to allow the people of Northern Ireland to join the Conservative Party

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

The Decline and Fall of Democracy in the Tory Party

This is the first of a series of films showing how democracy has diminished within the Tory Party.   This first episode shows the build up to the people of Northern Ireland being allowed to be members of the Party.   It was filmed several years ago.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Priorities for the new Party Chairman

The following article was published today on the Conservativehome web site.   It sets out a vision for the Conservative Party and the essential first steps to reviving the membership. For all Conservatives it gives hope for the future.

Priti Patel: Priorities for the new Party Chairman. He should prepare the way for Tory members to elect his successor.

Last updated: January 10, 2018 at 6:37 am

Priti Patel is MP for Witham, and a former Secretary of State for International Development. This is the second in her two-article series about Conservative Party reform.
Yesterday I shared my thoughts on our inability to compete against a Labour movement, who will do anything to get their Leader elected against the essential need for us to become a grassroots movement once again. Devolution and reform of our membership were amongst my suggestions but we must go further to empower our membership and also present a Conservative vision based upon our values and beliefs to the country and to every generation.
I have always believed that, since the Conservative Party is a champion of democracy, we should allow our activists to elect the Chairman of the Party. This would build an important link between our Party machine and our members, making the Party more accountable and engaged with our grassroots. The dedication of our activists has earnt them the right to have more of a say in how our Party is run, in candidate selection, and in discussing and forming the policies, ideas and vision relevant to their communities and our nation’s future.  Not policies dreamt up in the Westminster bubble, but those grounded in the knowledge and experience of activists across the country. A link between the Chairman and activists is vital if we are to truly represent the views of our nation locally and nationally.
I also believe that it is time to give a voice to the membership and enhance their role within the Party. Having a dedicated Members day at conference would enable members to propose and debate motions from the floor at Party Conference and allow them to have their voice heard. We should never be afraid of debate either with ourselves or with the public who we seek to serve. We should not be scared of trusting our members to elect the Party Chairman, finance their associations or debate issues relevant to them or their communities.
And this matters because our Party has survived and thrived for so long because our values and principles are consistent and enduring. There is no other Party for people who believe in our country, welcome freedom, value meritocracy, and want to live in a society where hard work and aspiration is rewarded. The ‘aspiration Britain’ – a land of opportunity and a country where anyone whatever their background, can succeed.
While we must call out Labour for their freedom-destroying, economy-wrecking, tax, spend, borrow and debt approach, we must also offer the public a positive vision for our country and stand tall on our own terms. That means rediscovering our belief in freedom and free markets, but also restating our proud Conservative tradition of care and compassion, of protecting people from the worst excesses of the system.
We believe in freedom and free markets not out of ideology, but because freeing people from the control of the state demonstrably delivers more wealth, jobs and opportunity all across the world. We believe in care and compassion, not because it makes good economic sense to look after those who can’t look after themselves, even though it does, but because this is the ultimate test of our civility and our humanity.
How we address the new challenges facing our country, including Britain’s place in the world post Brexit, and how and why we invest in people, institutions and services and tackle social injustice at home and abroad with Conservative solutions should all be part of how we engage with the public.
We must also stop talking about policies without speaking about the underlying principles and values that underpin them. Slogans, placards and in the case of Corbyn appearances at music festivals may grab headlines, but they do not transform lives, create jobs, provide public service or raise our standing in the world.
We must show the public that it is only the Conservatives who believe in the future of our country and people; with their inherent potential to succeed; in a prosperous nation living within its means; in a country where inspiration and hard work brings rewards; and where a strong economy provides comprehensive public services to provide protection and opportunity to all of us – a vision for a successful and prosperous Britain.

If ever there was a time when the British public, my children, your children, and future generations needed a continued strong Conservative vision then it is now. With the courage of our convictions and the self-belief to stand up for our values, our Party can deliver a country built on aspiration, opportunity and freedom which creates success everyone in Britain can share in.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Plummeting Party membership - do we need a Tory Momentum?

Fancy being compared to the Chairman of Momentum!   But the article in the New Statesman raises a serious point.   Only by a substantial increase in membership can The Tory Party avoid entryism.   To achieve that perhaps the Tory Party can learn some lessons from Momentum like - democracy, enthusiasm, youth, participation and involvement. Then we might see membership rise.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Party members speak up!

Listen to the party members from the New Forest constituency talking about the Conservative Party from 2 hours 49 minutes in.

Friday, December 22, 2017

A Conservative Philosophy

Some years ago a group of Conservative members put together their thoughts on Conservative Philosophy.   In the past five years these thoughts have had over 100,000 views on the Our Fight for Democracy web site.   At a time when the Conservative Party is searching for a narrative for its policies perhaps in framing legislation it should remind itself of what ordinary party members believe in!

A Conservative Philosophy

Inherent in and at the core of the Conservative Party’s philosophy is a belief in:

An economy based on:
Free markets and trade
Private ownership and enterprise
Monetary and fiscal probity
Gainful employment
Minimum intervention by the State
Low taxation

A society based on:
Patriotism and duty
Reciprocal rights and responsibilities
Respect for law and order
Equal educational opportunities

This philosophy:
Accommodates the view that each human being is an individual, answerable to and for him or herself and also a responsible citizen of the community
Allows that there are bound to be social and economic inequalities in life and that the strong have a duty to help the weak and encourage them to help themselves
Leads to policies that are justified by common-sense rather than doctrinaire theory

A philosophy is more a statement of belief in the nature of things than one of intent or action which, respectively, are the foundations of strategy and policy.   The perceived aim of the Conservative Party is to build a democratic society that is both prosperous and at ease with itself.   To achieve this aim the following objectives must be pursued by the Party:
Maintain itself as a national organisation supported by a broad section of the population from all walks of life
Uphold the rule of law and order and the concept of equality of all before the law
Create favourable conditions for the creation of wealth and thereby to sustain high levels of employment and living standards
Promote free enterprise, maximise choice and minimise regulation
Provide or enable the provision of high quality services in fields where the State must provide them
Control public expenditure within a balanced budget and with low levels of taxation
A foreign policy which is conducive to our National interest.
 Ensure the integrity and security of the realm