Wednesday, 8 December 2010

CF tuition fee myth-busting campaign.


The Government has launched a fact-check website on tuition fees. With the vote to take place in Parliament tomorrow Conservative Future Chairman, Ben Howlett has backed the campaign and says "Conservative Future will be helping make the facts clear in the days and months ahead."

Ben said: "I have been struck by the level of misinformation about what the Government is proposing. Students won’t pay anything up-front and won’t pay a penny until they earn £21,000. And when they do start paying, they will pay back £45 less every month than they do now, while the least well off will pay back less in total than they currently do. Students deserve better than the irresponsible myth-making we have seen in recent weeks..."

It's clear that Tory Youth will be trying to win the argument with the Coalition, that it is right for fees to rise for students in England.

Saturday, 20 November 2010

Shocking Albanian Communist crime stats.


tBg's ongoing Albanian campaign has gathered some vital statistics on the Albanian Communist regime that may shock some. The potential EU member is currently denying It's people a referendum over the controversial General Election result in 2009.

5,577 (Five Thousand, five hundred and seventy seven) men killed with a trial or without being trialed at all with the death penalty. The regime classes them as, "the People's enimies".

450 (Four Hundred and Fifty) women killed with a trial or without being trialed at all with death penalty. The regime classes them as, "the People's enemies".

26,768 (Twenty six thousand seventy hundred and sixty eight) persons have been imprisoned for political convictions and reasons named as, "Peoples and Party enemies".

7,367 (Seven thousand and three hundred and sixty seven) women were imprisoned named as, "Peoples and Party enemies".

998 (Nine hundred ninety eight) men and women have died in political prisons.

308 (Three Hundred and eight) Men and women are certified insane because of the terrible tortures that were exercised against them and were also named as, "Party and peoples enemies".

50,000 (Fifty thousand) families were in internment, mostly elderly and children. Out of those, 7,022 (Seven thousand and twenty two) have died in the internment camps.

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Conservative Future call on NUS President to stand down.


Pressure in mounting this evening on NUS President Aaron Porter to step down, after yesterdays violent protest organised by the NUS.

Conservative Future Deputy Clare Hilley said: "As Conservative Future Executive, we're calling on Aaron Porter to resign".

Clare went on to say: "The NUS organised and advertised this protest by calling it a ‘Demolition March’ - and they certainly achieved this aim... The reputation of the NUS was demolished by yesterday’s violence.

Hollow sound bites and pathetic excuses from the organisation’s President Aaron Porter speak volumes about just how out of touch the NUS is with it’s members. The only way to draw a line under this tragic state of events is for its current President to do the right thing and step down."

Howlett slams NUS violent protest.


Conservative Future Chairman, Ben Howlett, has called for "swift action" against those NUS officers and representatives responsible for yesterday violence at CCHQ.

"As representatives of the Conservative Party's student organisation we welcome the NUS' comdenation of those individuals who hijacked yesterdays protest and committed serious acts of violence and mindless vandalism during yesterday's protests. We now look forward to them taking swift action against those NUS officers who played their part.

And we call on the leaders of the NUS to recognise the fact that the vast majority of students, who did not attend yesterdays’ protest, do believe that those looking to enter university should share in paying for the cost of their tuition."

This is a complete disaster for the NUS. tBg is calling on NUS President Aaron Porter, to resign immediately.

Do you know those responsible?


Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Hope in Albania.


tBg has published an article written by Alfred Ppllumbi for a New York republican newspaper, on Scribd. Alfred Ppllumbi is a member of the Youth Democratic Council of the Democratic Party in Albania and a member of the Chairmanship of Democratic Party Zone 40 in the Albania capital of Tirana. He holds an MA in International Relations. The article gives some background information about Albanian politics running up to It's current political crisis.

Original newspaper edition.

Hope in Albania. By AlfredPplumbi

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

CF Co-Op election candidates announced.


Applications for the 3 Campaign Co-ordinators Positions have now closed and the following candidates have applied:

Conal O’Hare
Edward Turner
Fraser McFarland
John Campbell
Jonathan Cope
Joseph Barker Willis
Josh Oddi
Louise Powell
Douglas Pullen
Oliver Cooper
Patrick Sullivan
Peter McManus
Peter Smallwood
Serene Richards

All candidates have submitted an application form which will be circulated to all Regional Chairman and National Executive Members today and they will have 10 days to vote for 3 candidates they would like to work with over the coming months.

All candidates are able to campaign to the Regional Chairman and National Executive.

Tory Youth Chairman Ben Howlett told tBg: "It is great to see so many people wanting to get more involved with Conservative Future from across the country - members from North East, South West and Northern Ireland. It just shows that with the things we are already doing and the plans for the future, Members are seeing a real change in the way CF operates. We have already set a really fun year and I am pleased that some of the best activists are wanting to get more involved. Good luck to everyone."

Thursday, 4 November 2010

Young Albanian fight to solve political crisis through referendum.


Potential EU member Albania has been locked in political crisis for one year. Young Albanians, among them many conservatives, are pushing the socialist regime to hold referenda elections if there should be a re-count of the vote from June 2009.

To begin the general referendum procedures, Albanian electoral law states that a request for a referendum is required with just 14 signatures on a petition.

The petitioning group should then be given the appropriate apparatus in order to get 50,000 signatures but the Albanian Central Elections Commission took a "politicised" decision and rejected the original request, though it is law for it to be accepted as 14 signatures were gathered.

Young Albanians like Andi Gjoligu are campaigning to have the people voice their will on the matter. Andi explains the situation to tBg.

"A wise man once said that "there are two passions which have a powerful influence on the affairs of men. These are ambition and avarice, the love of power and the love of money." In Albania, the love of power and money are combining to suppress our most fundamental rights. Criminals and tyrants are first getting all our money, then all our lands, and if left unchecked will most surely turn us and our children into their servants forever.

The events of the next few weeks, will determine if Albania is to "have a government which guarantees life, liberty, and property, or whether the country will drift into anarchy, confusion, and the dictation of aspiring demagogues."

A republic lacking a functioning parliament and blocking direct democracy is nothing but a dictatorship on the brink of anarchy

There is a lot to be said about this referendum in Albania, but I will try to highlight a few important chronological points.

1. From the last general elections of June 2009, the two largest political camps in Albania have been deadlocked over the results.
2. The opposition wants a recount; the governing coalition refuses.
3. Both camps have taken part in the manipulation of the voting process.
4. After a year of protests, failed negotiations, hunger strikes, fights in the parliament, and all kinds of political theatrics the crisis is alive and well.
5. The crisis has brought the political system and the economy to a halt.
6. As a result, a request for referendum was submitted to the Central Election Commission (CEC).
7. According to law, the CEC had 20 days to verify the signatures and equip us with the model forms required to gather 50,000 signatures.
8.On the 20th day we went to the CEC who said that the Ministry of Interior had not verified the 14 signatures.
9. At the Ministry of Interior they said they could not read our handwriting. We offered to help with any needed clarifications. They told us to go back to the CEC. The CEC told us they were too busy to help us.
10. Twelve days after the deadline had passed, the CEC held a meeting which resembled a communist style political court. (I have attached some thoughts on the meeting)
11. A week later the CEC provided an official answer saying that the request had legal confusion.
12. The CEC handed down a politically motivated decision.

During the entire time we have tried to engage the western international community but to no avail. I have attached the letters we sent them. For reasons beyond comprehension, the Western international community has played a deaf ear to our request to play a more active role. They are playing the same tune as the Albanian political class--complete indifference. This is very troublesome.

We expected our morally and philosophically bankrupt political class to oppose the referendum by all means, to end the prolonged political. The political class will not support the referendum because they are afraid of the will of the people. They do not want anyone to challenge their political monopoly.

We thought, however, that the western international community would support a grass-roots and non-political initiative The indifference of the international community is sending chills throughout the community of those who are working to peacefully reform the political system. There has been lots of talk about democracy in the past 20 years, but now that the young generation is trying to solve a crisis through direct democracy the international community is no where to be found. No support has been forthcoming, and there are no indications that any support will come any time soon. How should we interpret this?

We have not given up. But we are forced to reach beyond the local diplomatic presence by going directly to the main EU institutions.

Andi Gjoligu"

More to follow on the developing situation and the young conservatives plight in Albania.

Friday, 29 October 2010

National Executive Co-Op elections launched.


Conservative Future National Executive have launched a set of elections designed to find campaign co-ordinators to support the National Executive with campaigning, building membership, organising speakers, setting-up events and producing exciting communications.

When counting is over the three candidates with the highest votes will be elected.

You can email CF Chairman Ben Howlett stating that you would like to apply for the role. If you are interested you must provide the following details:

1. Name and contact details
2. Your association and when you last renewed your membership – ideally your membership number
3. A short biography of your experience
4. Why you think you would be a strong applicant to work on the National Executive
5. 5-10 bullet points on what you want to deliver as a member of the CF National Executive.

Applications are open as of 6pm Friday 29th October and will close 12 noon Monday 8th November.

Howlett said: "I will ensure all checks are made as to correct membership in accordance to rules set out in the constitution. Once all checks are made, you will then receive an email authorising your application. Your application email will be circulated to the Regional College and also the National Executive who will vote for you (1 member, 1 vote). They will have 10 days to vote for their favoured candidates."

Monday, 25 October 2010

CF One-Day conference success.


This past Saturday South London was the host to CF One-Day conference, which attracted over 70 attendees. The audience listened to speeches from Ministers, a Secretary of State, a PPS and a newly elected MP.

Guests included Conservative Future members who had travelled from Birmingham and Suffolk to meet the speakers and network with other young Conservatives. The event attracted key speakers including Immigration Minister, Damian Green; Decentralisation Minister, Greg Clark; David Evenett; PPS to Michal Gove; Licensing Secretary, James Brokenshire and local Croydon Central MP Gavin Barwell. Delegates questioned speakers and spoke frankly about what policies they wanted to see from the party over the next few years.

Deputy Chair' for membership Clare Hilley said, "Thank you to our activists who attended and for those who joined us in the pub afterwards.". Clare organised the event and says the CF Executive are planning to hold another one before Christmas and several others in the first half on next year across the country.

Clare has asked Conservative Future members if they think that CF will be able to host a similar event in their region.

Members can contact Clare via email.

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Livingstone calls on voters to use AV tactically.


This Thursday residents in Tower Hamlets will vote for the borough's first ever elected Mayor. Labour's candidate Lutfur Rahman was recently sacked after links with Islamic extremists were revealed. As a result Mr Rahman is now standing as an independent.

The election in Tower Hamlets is fought on the AV system and Ken Livingstone is supporting and campaigning with Rahman. Livingstone has been negatively encouraging non-Tory voters in Tower Hamlets to use their preference votes for Rahman to keep the Tories out.

Livingstone's actions are probably a precursor to what would actually happen in every election fought under AV rules.

Meanwhile, a bid to allow 16 and 17-year-olds to vote in next year's referendum on changing the voting system to AV, was defeated on Monday night.

MPs voted by 346 to 196 against lowering the voting age for the referendum on whether to replace the current first-past-the-post system with the alternative vote (AV). The Liberal Democrats are now under fire for not supporting the bid, after they called for the voting age to be lowered to 16 in their general election manifesto.

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

CF Chairman wants members elected to NUS.


CF Chairman Ben Howlett met with the National Union of Students (NUS) President, Aaron Porter, last night to discuss the Browne Review and a range of matters that are of concern to CF members. This evening Howlett has called upon CF members to get elected and work alongside the NUS in delivering a fair deal for students.

Ben said: "It is important that CF can have a dialogue with NUS as the majority of our members are students. I want to see CF on campuses across the country campaign against Students Unions that are wishing to squander student money to campaign against the cuts."

Toolkits are to become available across campuses, these will be accessible to all members that wish to run campaigns to get CF representatives elected to the NUS. It seems Ben has taken a leaf out of the recently defeated Welsh Chairman candidate Zahid Raja's book.

Read the full article.

Howlett hails Super-Saturday success.


This coming weekend sees CF Super-Saturday being rolled out nationwide. Swindon will host Super-Saturday on the 23rd, at the same time Deputy Chair' Clare Hilley hosts a One Day Conference in Croydon. It seems this years national executive have really hit the ground running.

Over 40 CF'ers turned out to this past weekends Super-Saturday in Tower Hamlets.

CF Chairman Ben Howlett said: "Conservative Future is a campaigning force that can support the Conservative Party in its campaigning efforts nationwide. This month CF introduced a monthly campaigning and social Super-Saturday in London and the South West regions as experiments. The London event organised by London CF Regional Chairman Nick Clarke was a huge success with approx 40 CF members coming along to support the Tower Hamlet's Mayoral Campaign

I want this to be your chance to get involved. Following on from Nick's superb efforts this month Alexandra Swann and I are working with every region across the country to organise their November Super-Saturdays. These events will be held in each region on the first Saturday of the month, and will rotate around your region involving everyone. This is a great chance for each region to work as a part of national campaigns and events at a local level."

Details of the other Super-Saturday to be held this month:

SOUTH WEST ENGLAND

Super-Saturday in Swindon – Saturday 23rd October at 11:00am

Meet: Tawny Owl Pub [Taw Hill, North Swindon, Wiltshire. SN25 1WR - just off Thamesdown Drive]

Facebook group.

Friday, 15 October 2010

Liberal Youth and MP slam Coalition on tuition fees.


Liberal Youth have slammed the Browne Review recommendations saying, "you can't build a future on debt".

Liberal Youth Chairman, Martin Shapland, went on to say: "This move has the potential to cripple students with unprecedented levels of debt which will act as a real deterrent to those from poorer backgrounds seeking a better life through the education system.

Higher Fees will not be acceptable to grassroots Lib Dems and, I imagine, most of the Parliamentary Party.

Liberal Youth will be standing shoulder to shoulder with students..."

This positioning comes as Lib Dem MP, Julian Huppert spluttered to Ekklesia.co.uk today: "I've been an anti-fees campaigner since I was an undergraduate. It's a pretty clear thing." Asked if this meant that he would vote against the government, Huppert said that he would certainly vote against them if they put forward the recommendations of the Browne Review.

Liberal Youth is now calling on Lib Dem MP’s to reject any motion which would raise student fees and will be moving an emergency motion at its conference in Manchester on the weekend of the 22nd October.

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Conservative Future back unlimited tuition fees.


The Browne report was released today calling for the cap on tuition fees to be abolished and a free market introduced. Conservative Future Chairman Ben Howlett has backed the plans.

After attacking Labour failures in the education system, Ben said: "By removing the cap and still contributing a loan of up to £7000, the government now has an opportunity to create world class education institutions that allow markets to improve educational quality for students, that can compete against universities across the world and can create a progressive system of education that ensures the poorest in society will not be priced out of the market."

The report seeks to balance higher charges with support for poorer families. As now, students would not have to pay fees up-front, but would receive a loan. But they would not have to start repaying it until their earnings reached £21,000 per year, up from the current level of £15,000.

All students will be able to borrow £3,750 per year - and young people from families earning less than £25,000 will receive an additional grant of £3,250.

Ben said: "We must support the progressive moves within the proposals that protect the poorest in society, including:

The threshold of repayment being raised to £21k up from £15k as set by Labour.

Real interest rates on loans for better paid students.

Bringing in extra grants and loans for the poorest students.

This is an issue not to play politics with. These are difficult decisions being made in the national interest. The proposals present an opportunity to progressively revolutionise the higher education sector while protecting the poorest. With these proposals we will once again have world class institutions of higher education."

tBg thinks this is yet another massive swipe at already hard-hit middle England. There are also many things wrong with a 3.25k grant to those students from families earning under 25k. Family demographics are different from town to town, street to street, house to house. These changes in tuition fees will see capable British teenagers not going to university.

Education must be accessible to all, no matter how much money you have. It looks as if it'll be the middle classes not sending their children to university.

CCHQ censor CF Deputy Chair'.


Deputy Chair' for membership Clare Hilley today announced how she plans to overhaul the CF membership system. CCHQ says Clare's ideas and dissection of the CF system is "too controversial" for publication on the Conservative Future website.

Conservative Future had a turnout of 1% in last months election. This is a huge failing, in part due to the way members join CF, which ultimately means CCHQ doesn't not have a full database of members. It is also the failing of Clare's predecessor. Clare says she plans on hitting 10% under her tenure in next years election.

Clare said: "(The) current system has been in place for over ten years now and it is quite simply inadequate and unsatisfactory and I believe that a radical overhaul is necessary".

After consulting members, Clare points out four reasons why she believes CF had such an appalling turnout:

1) CF members were not aware that there was a CF election
2) CF members who wanted to vote did not receive a ballot paper
3) CF members who received a ballot paper did not feel the election was relevant to them thus did not vote.
4) CF members were not aware that they were part of CF so thought that the ballot paper that they received was not intended for them

Clare believes that these problems can be overcome by having a centralised database with all of our members on as we will be able to send frequent updates about CF activity in their area.

Clare went on to say: "The majority of CF members tend to ignore CF elections as they feel that it is not relevant to them as they are not at university and are young professionals. In order to change their perception we need to build upon our relationships with outside organisations like City Future, CWF, TRG, The Bow Group, CWO and other Conservative and conservative leaning organisations to provide the training and opportunities that our CF members need."

You can contact Clare with your views and opinions about these matters at clare.hilley@conservativefuture.com

Read Clare's article in FULL

Monday, 11 October 2010

Hilley announces One Day Conference.


Working with Croydon local association, CF Deputy Chair' for membership Clare Hilley has organised a One Day Conference. The conference will take place on Saturday 23rd October.

Clare has secured two Ministers and two PPS's to speak as well as the local MP Gavin Barwell. Clare said, "David Evennett MP will be speaking. He is the Parliamentary Private Secretary to Michael Gove the Education Secretary, so it will be a great opportunity to question him on the tuition fee increase and the case for a graduate tax."

One Day Conference line up is as follows.

James Brokenshire - Member of Parliament for Old Bexley and Sidcup
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Home Office)

The Rt Hon Mr Greg Clark MP - Member of Parliament for Tunbridge Wells
Minister for Communities & Local Government

David Evennett - Member of Parliament for Bexleyheath and Crayford
Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Education

Damian Green - Member of Parliament for Ashford
Minister for Immigration

Gavin Barwell – Member of Parliament for Croydon Central

The conference will be held at Trinity School, Shirley Park, CROYDON, CR9 7AT.

Tickets: £16 Lunch, wine and raffle.
Further details: Tel. 020 8660 0491 or croydonconservatives@tory.org

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

PM David Cameron conference speech LIVE 2.30pm.

Wide support for new Tory child benefit rules.


A survey released moments ago by YouGov indicates wide support amongst the British people, that in principle the Tories have got it right on child benefit. 83% support the new rules and 15% oppose.

The Prime Minister may have tough a battle on his hands winning the argument that couples individually earning under £44,000, but over that amount when their earnings are combined will still receive child benefit.


There is also overwhelming support for a cap on the amount of benefits a family can receive. Under new Tory rules a family on benefits will never reach a higher income via the benefit system, than a family that goes out to work. Support is at 86% and opposition is at 8%.


Tory stands down in Scots are "thick" remark furore.


Conservative candidate in next year's Holyrood election, Ivor Tiefenbrun, has resigned after allegedly saying Scots were "so thick" for hating Margaret Thatcher.

The founder of electronic firm Linn Products, was going to fight the Glasgow Maryhill seat. Tiefenbrun is said to have told The Scotsman newspaper that "you would have to be thick to accept that" Baroness Thatcher was an "evil force" in Scotland.

In his resignation statement Tiefenbrun said he did not want anything to divert attention away from important issues facing the country. The Scottish Conservatives said Mr Tiefenbrun's decision had been taken in the best interests of the party.

Monday, 4 October 2010

New Tory child benefit rules will reward marriage.


Just because he didn't say it, doesn't mean it's not true. There seems to be an argument sweeping round media circles about new child benefit rules announced by Chancellor George Osborne today. Apparently a single parent on £44,000 a year will not receive child benefit from 2013. However, if two parents earn £40,000 a year (combined £80,000) then that family is still entitled to claim.

Yes. This is true. In opposition, Cameron and Osborne always alluded to the fact they would reward marriage and strong families through the tax and welfare system. It doesn't surprise tBg that Cameron and Osborne have taken this opportunity, in time, to really reward marriage and keeping families together.

Osborne: We spend more on housing benefit than the police.


Chancellor George Osborne has given his conference speech in Birmingham this lunchtime lambasting the previous government saying, Labour has left Britain in an economic nightmare, again.

The Coalition are planning cuts to services and benefits, as well as having to introduce higher taxation on individuals and banks. Though, George Osborne says it is right to protect NHS spending. Osborne said that if left underfunded and unreformed the NHS would, "just get worse, and I didn't come into politics to see that happen"

The Chancellor also said Britain's welfare system keeps people down and constrained saying the "system traps millions into dependency". Osborne says the British people just want a fair society. To begin achieving this goal George Osborne said he will limit the total amount of benefits any one family can receive. A family on benefits will receive no more than an average family earns going out to work.

Higher rate tax payers (around £44,000 and above) will begin not to receive child benefit from 2013. Some higher rate taxpayers may moan that they pay so much tax, and get nothing in return. tBg supposes Osborne is sticking by that Tory tag-line, "We're all in this together".

Saturday, 2 October 2010

Blogger issues grovelling apology to Howlett.


Notorious blogger Yasin Akgun has made a grovelling apology to Ben Howlett after threatening to be on his tail every day. Yasin's erratic outburst came as Ben Howlett was declared victorious in the race to become CF Chairman. Mr Akgun said: "You should have known better than to fuck with a blogger... Lying about people will always bite you down in the end. And I'll be the one that does it."

It's unclear what exactly Mr Akgun is spitting fire about.

Yasin Akgun has now issued an apology to Ben Howlett (below).


Tories quaffing champagne ban.


It seems pretty pointless that someone at CCHQ has to tell everybody else at Tory conference that drinking champagne should be kept discreet, as it gives out the wrong impression to voters.

The fact that Tories have to be told not to drink champagne just reinforces some stereotypes and defeats the purpose of the ban.

One Tory said: "We’re about to do the biggest cuts in a generation - can you imagine how bad it’ll look if it’s all pictures of grinning Tories knocking back champers? The message has been about getting down to business".

Lord Strathclyde has jumped on the bandwagon too and cancelled his traditional drinks reception calling it, "inappropriate" now the Party was in power. Tory MP Eric Pickles also said he wanted visitors to conference to look "humble"... What a load of tosh.

So no champagne again this year. tBg doesn't even like the stuff, give him a JD & Coke any time.

Thursday, 30 September 2010

Swansea CF to launch election complaint.


tBg is hearing news tonight that Swansea CF may launch an official complaint to CCHQ over the handling of the recent national election. The Swansea CF Board plan to meet to discuss the motion.

It is thought the Swansea CF board will pose a series of questions. One source told tBg that they will be asking, "why they didn't get the vote (ballot) till Friday evening or never in some cases." Swansea CF had a membership of around 40 at the time of the elction, it is now thought to be around the 80 figure after a successful Freshers Fayre.

Another source told tBg: "Personally I've lost the will to live with CF and just want to get on with getting our candidates elected."

Welsh Tories accused of Tucker "cover-up".


Welsh AMs Mohammad Asghar and William Graham have been accused of a "cover-up" by Labour councillor Armand Watts. Asghar and Graham openly supported Grant Tucker for election to CF Chairman for Wales, their endorsements were on Tucker's website and Welsh press has picked up on it.

CF Chairman for Wales, Grant Tucker, caused a storm when he released an online video stating he, "really would like to see George Galloway dead".

Both Tory AMs, Asghar and Graham, praise Tucker, Mr Asghar said: "I witnessed Grant’s excellent work ethic and determination during the recent General Election campaign and know how ambitious he is for the party in Wales."

Labour councillor Armand Watts said: "The Tories have tried to cover up their top level support for Grant Tucker as they knew backing a candidate who has made such malicious comments would be frowned upon."

Tory leader in the Assembly, Nick Bourne, was even caught up in the argument in Wales over Grant Tucker. Bourne said: "Who individual AMs decide to endorse for election to positions such as this is entirely their choice."

Howlett acts on election meltdown.


CF Chairman Ben Howlett is to ensure that what happened in this election never happens again. Howlett is to make regional Chair's responsible for gathering and retaining membership data.

Ben said on the The Tory Boy blog: "That is indeed the plan, decentralise it through the regionals with data act clause. 1st meeting of exec. It will all be decentralised through the Regional Chairman and the National CF giving support."

Many members up and down the country were without ballots this year. CF has a membership of over 15,000 and an election turnout of 173 votes. This plan should make it easier for CCHQ to keep up-to-date and call for a branch or regions' members list with ease, if need be.

Kingston CF get 186 sign-ups.


The founder of Kingston University Conservative Society, Gus Magalhaes, featured in Frost Magazine today hailing 186 new members.

Fending off Socilaist Worker Party chants of, "No Tory Cuts", Gus battled on during Kingston University's freshers fayre to set up it's CF society. Zac Goldsmith and Ben Howlett were also in attendance.

Gus said: "Setting up Kingston University Conservative Society was challenging, and at some points daunting, as in recent years it has failed to get off the ground but it has been worthwhile considering the numbers we have recruited. I am very proud of the society and of everyone who worked with me to achieve it success.

I am overwhelmed by the amount of students that signed up to the society over the two days of Fresher’s Fayre. This is a true testament to what I said before about engaging people in the right way in politics – you can get people interested in politics if it is presented in the right way. No one would have expected Kingston University to have delivered the biggest Conservative Society in London."

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Warsi on the war path.


Tory Party Chair' Sayeeda Warsi, has tonight accused the British press of, "anti-Islamic sentiment". Sayeeda said on The Guardian website: "If you have a pop at the British Muslim community in the media, then first of all it will sell a few papers; second, it doesn't really matter; and third, it's fair game."

She also denies she faced discrimination from within the Tory party in the article saying: "I think as an Asian, Muslim woman there were blocs, not within the Conservative party, but within the wider Conservative thinking, that had question marks about who I was and what I represented."

tBg thinks it's a good think that there is a front bencher who will speak out against blatant anti-Islamic sentiment in some of the British press.

In the Guardian's article, Sayeeda also defends Andy Coulson and blames electoral fraud for the Tories not gaining a majority in the General Election.

Labour attack Tucker over Galloway remarks.


Newly elected Chairman for Wales, Grant Tucker, was in the national press again today as he was attacked by a Welsh Councillor. The Labour Councillor is angry at Tuckers' recent election to Chairman for Conservative Future Wales, just two months after he said, "I really would like to see George Galloway dead", in an online video.

Labour councillor Armand Watts, who represents Chepstow on Monmouthshire County Council, slammed Tucker: "I’m extremely surprised that Grant Tucker has been elected as Conservative Future Wales regional chairman just months after he resigned for saying he wished George Galloway was dead.

These kind of poisonous comments do not belong in mainstream politics. By letting him stand again for the youth wing of the party, it shows that the Welsh Conservatives have not learnt the lessons of the past."

"We've got our Party back".


Raging leftie Neil Kinnock believes he has reclaimed his Party.

Kinnock, known for his outrages socialist views and over excitement on the eve of General Elections, said last night after Red Ed's speech: "A trade union delegate leaned over and said 'Neil, we've got our party back'. I thought that was so accurate as an instantaneous response to the leader's speech."

Indeed, New Labour is dead.

Tory MP deals with private sector job losses.


Stewart Jackson is today fending off Labour accusations that the private sector will not rescue British economic growth, 'as proven' in his constituency of Peterborough. Thomas Cook, which employs over 2000 people in Peterborough, is looking to axe jobs after the company claimed that rising costs on the UK could decrease profits by £10 million.

Jackson said: "Thomas Cook is a massively important company to Peterborough. It is one of the biggest employers in the city with a very high rate of satisfaction and brings a lot of money into the local economy. It is also a blue chip company that reflects well on Peterborough.

When I spoke to them last they were quite bullish about the situation and I remain reasonably 
optimistic."

However, Robin Morton, fund manager at Peterborough stockbrokers Varton and Son, didn't seem surprised as it was following a national trend.

Mr Morton said: "Its share price has been dropping since the beginning of 2009. It has certainly underperformed in that period."

Howlett's email bombardment.


New Conservative Future Chairman, Ben Howlett is on his second day at the helm. He says he is spending most of it reading and replying to 150 emails. tBg wonders what all 150 emails say, maybe demanding ballots? It is thought some of the emails date back to 2009.

Meanwhile, The Guardians' Hugh Muir has congratulated Ben on becoming CF Chairman.

Hugh said: "Let us welcome Ben Howlett, the newly elected head of the Tory youth wing, Conservative Future. Not least because in a torrid campaign he had to fend off scurrilous claims..."

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

David set to make way for Red Ed.


It seems tonight David Milliband has made his mind up and doesn't want to reign on his little brothers parade any more than he already has. Nominations are open for Shadow Cabinet positions amongst Labour MPs, tBg can reveal it is widely expected that David Milliband, "will not put his name forward for a position".

It is thought Red Ed's admission that the invasion of Iraq was wrong, was the final nail in the coffin with regards to David serving in Red Ed's shadow cabinet. According to London Spin, David Milliband was thought to have shown his anger in the Conference Hall itself, just after Red Ed's admission. As delegates clapped, he yelled at Harriet Harman: "You voted for it, why the hell are you clapping?".

The tBg source said: "David is very upset he didn't win. He really thought it was in the bag."

Howlett's first media appearance.


Ben Howlett has made his first media appearance as National CF Chairman. He praised Michael Rock and the new NME, as well as Peter Smallwood and fellow former candidate Craig Cox.

Howlett did however negate the 1% voter turnout and did not allude to how many ballots may have been distributed by CCHQ. Last nights total vote count was 173, CF apparently has a membership of up-to 18,000.

Ben said: "I am extremely pleased to have been elected as your National Conservative Future Chairman and with our new executive committee we will continue to build membership at a grassroots level and make Conservative Future a strong campaigning force.

I am incredibly proud to be following in the footsteps of Michael Rock. He had a vision of a CF that empowered the regions through a clear strategy and it is now my job to carry on his good work. On behalf of CF, I want to thank Michael for his work and wish him, Sophia and the forthcoming family the best in the future.

I would like to thank all those that have voted for me and helped me through the election campaign from those across the country. In particular I would like to thank my Campaing Manager Peter Smallwood who has had four months of my rants and anecdotes; he has been a real pillar - thank you.

I would also like to make a special mention to Craig Cox. From the start of the race I was pleased to have a friend challenging me for the position and he fought a strong challenge and his expertise at a hustings was truly brilliant and I look forward to working with him in the future.

Well done to our Regional Chairman and New Executive Alexandra Swann, Clare Hilley and James Deighton, I look forward to working with you in the future. To those of you that unfortunately lost out I would love for you all to keep involved and I hope to work with everyone in the future.

I said from day one that I would be laying the groundwork for a successful year and we have no bigger issue at the moment than membership. I will be meeting with Clare Hilley our new Deputy Chairman Membership to begin to sort out some of the challenges that face our membership. I am also working on Conference as well as an urgent matter.

We are going to have a great year and I have already started to get Conservative Future running again. Thank you again and I look forward to working with you over my term.

Monday, 27 September 2010

Ben Howlett is new Conservative Future National Chairman.


Ben Howlett was tonight elected Chairman of Conservative Future. Howlett phoned tBg at 17:16 to tell him the news first. The results were published at 17:19 on tBg first. tBg backed Howlett's campaign for Chairmanship and congratulates him on his success.

Congratulations to all those elected.

The total vote count for the Chairmanship was Howlett 113, Cox 60. CF has a membership of 18,000, so to have a total vote count of 173 is very embarrassing for the Tory Party. Howlett's opponent Craig Cox put it best earlier: "I lost by 53 votes in an election with a turnout of around 1%." tBg thinks these figures also give Labour Youth and the Lib Dems much needed ammo to paint Conservative Future as, well, not the future.

We know many members did not receive ballots. tBg would like to know how many ballots were sent out. This will give us a better view on whether this is mass apathy amongst the politically active, or a massive cock-up by CCHQ.

Ben Howlett's surprise first job must now be to launch an unprecedented inquiry into how this election was handled, and what needs to be done to put things right for the future.

Another outcome of these results is that CF now has an openly gay Chairman and two female Deputy Chair's, without any kind of list or 'interfered with' selection process.

The full result is as follows:

2010 Conservative Future Election Results

Craig Cox statement.



Craig Cox is gracious in defeat and has released this statement following Ben Howlett's landslide victory. Cox also talks about the 1% turnout, even tBg thinks Cox deserved more than 60 votes:

Craig said: "I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Ben Howlett on winning the position of Conservative Future Chairman, and wish him luck for his term of
office. He fought a long campaign in which he travelled many miles and spent a
lot of time meeting and drinking with fellow Conservatives. It is clear he
deserves this victory more than I do, and I am pleased that a friend of mine has
won the leadership of the youth wing of the Party I revere.

The thanks I owe to my supporters, friends and campaign team can not be
expressed through words alone. To put it simply, thank you all for your efforts
in attempting to bring my sort of change to our organisation. For my part, I am
singularly responsible for our defeat and I can only apologise for letting you
down.

At the end of the day, I lost by 53 votes in an election with a turnout of
around 1%. I am proud of my policy centred campaign, and the need for our youth
wing to be more active in the political sphere. It is clear that CF needs to
improve its membership data, especially in the throes of an election. I can not
accept that in an organisation of a reputed 20,000 members, only 200 or so had
the means to vote. Even as a candidate, I did not receive a ballot paper. In the
interests of getting on with the job and helping our party stick it to Labour, I
will not be contesting the result of the election, but urge the new Chairman to
take a serious look into increasing the legitimacy from the shambolic nature of
this election to something more befitting of our organisation.

However, do not let this detract from a tfine victory from my opponent. He is an
honest man in good stead, a friend of mine, and now the National Chairman of our
organisation.

Good luck, Ben, and I wish you the very best."

+BREAKING+ Tucker elected.


Conservative Future Chairman for Wales: Grant Tucker elected.

+BREAKING+ Swann elected.


Conservative Future National Deputy Political Chair': Alexandra Swann elected (Swann 139, Khan 33).

+BREAKING+ Hilley elected.


Conservative Future National Deputy Membership Chair': Clare Hilley elected - (Hilley 73, Cooper 47, Hampshire: 20 Gould: 37).

+BREAKING+ Howlett elected.


Conservative Future National Chairman: Ben Howlett elected (Howlett 113, Cox 60).

Turnout has been very, very low due to members not recieving their ballots. tBg wants the new administration to launch an inquiry into this shambles.

+DEVELOPING+ 17:50

tBg caught Howlett coming out of CCHQ, Ben had this to say to CF members: "I won! So pleased, thank you for all your support and it means so much. I look forward to working with you as your CF National Chairman."

Hilley's concern as polls close.


Polls have closed for the Conservative Future national election this afternoon. The count will begin at 5pm and results will begin to roll in shortly after.

Deputy Membership Chair' candidate, Clare Hilley, has shown early signs of concern as many of her supporters did not receive ballot papers. Hilley stated: "Even if I am not successful tonight I would like to thank everyone for supporting me. I have had a great month meeting and speaking to members across the country."

It seems many CF members up and down the country didn't get a ballot, and were unable to cast their vote. One source told tBg: "We're worried that this disastrous state of affairs could let Cooper in the back door."

Sunday, 26 September 2010

Swann outcasted by Team Howlett?

+DEVELOPING+ 20:25


Deputy Chair' Political candidate Alexandra Swann seems to have been shunned tonight by team Howlett. This may leave Swann wondering if she has a future in any CF Ben Howlett cabinet.

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+DEVELOPING+ 21:05


There has been a flurry of action at Howlett HQ this evening. Deputy Political Candidate Alexandra Swann thought she wasn't invited to the Howlett camp gathering. It seems Ben text Swann at around 5:30pm today with an invite. Swann has been known to leave her phone in pubs on Saturday nights after a couple of shandy's.

Smallwood: "It's been an honour".


Ben Howlett's campaign manager has tonight paid tribute to the National Chairman candidate, saying he is a "it's been an honour" to manage his campaign. Peter Smallwood is on his way to the Howlett household where they will share a beef roast, and several bottles of wine.

A spokesman for the Howlett camp said: "They're are sharing this evening together as a recap on polices and promises made to CF members. If elected tomorrow Ben Howlett intends to hit the ground running."


On Friday, "In-the-loop" Smallwood secured Lady GaGa's endorsement of Howlett, as Tweeted by tBg. It has been said they are in a secret discussions about a CF Christmas Party appearance.

+DEVELOPING+ 20:15

CF Chairman for Wales, candidate Zahid Raja, has arrived at Howlett HQ this evening, one source says he says he intends on "getting drunk".

Friday, 24 September 2010

EXCLUSIVE: tBg Projection.


tBg can exclusively reveal that from solid data gathered over the past fortnight, including tBg secret sample polls, secret online exit polling and a super-source from inside CCHQ - tBg projects:

APPOINTED OFFICER: Anshul Gupta/James Deighton/Patrick Sullivan too close to call.

WALES: Zahid Raja/Grant Tucker too close to call.

DEPUTY: Clare Hilley to become next Deputy Membership Chair'.

CHAIRMAN: Ben Howlett to become next Chairman.

Thursday, 23 September 2010

Swann hits out at Howlett's "appalling" attackers.


Deputy Political Chair' candidate Alexandra Swann has this evening backed Ben Howlett for Chairman and launched a scathing attack on Howlett's former opponents, for their 'insidious claims' and 'smear campaign'.

Swann says: "The way Ben has been attacked throughout this campaign is appalling. The dirty reverse smear campaign, fuelled by anonymous comments on blogs and insidious claims by his former opposition has repeatedly put him in the terrible position of being unable to defend his clear record and clean campaign – over the past few months I have not seen a single negative remark made by Ben or his team despite the full on abuse he has received."

Swann is widely expected to become Conservative Future National Deputy Political Chair' on the 27th of September.

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