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.

Read the full article

Howlett launches poster campaign.


Conservative Future National Chairman candidate Ben Howlett, has this evening launched an online poster campaign designed to catapult him into power.

The poster is originally the "Labour Isn't Working", Saatchi & Saatchi design for the Tories from 1978. The new depiction tells us CF still isn't working and shows CF members queueing to get their ballot papers.

Download the poster and share it on Facebook and Twitter.

EXCLUSIVE: Howlett's up for some fun.


With the close of polls coming up on Monday, national Chair' candidate, Ben Howlett, has spoken exclusively to tBg to reaffirm his commitment to making CF more FUN.

The Howlett campaign received a huge boost yesterday from a London Spin endorsement for the Chairmanship. Ben has been keen to continue the momentum by working hard and keeping in touch with CCHQ and members who have not received their ballot papers, to ensure that they receive one.

Howlett, now widely regarded in media circles to be the next Conservative Future Chairman, is committed to making CF more fun. He also wants to weed out the unsound tactics by his opponents that has blighted him throughout the campaign. Ben says he wants a CF revolution, united, with partying, social action and campaigning going hand-in-hand and at the forefront of what We do.

Ben said: "Every CF member wants one thing, to have a good time. CF must be more fun to ensure we get more members, have more events, have more campaigns, have more social action and become more self sufficient. We need to present ourselves as a vibrant, exciting group of people that can achieve political objectives whilst having a positive upbeat atmosphere about our organisation.

I was at the Fens CF karaoke night while on my 24 hour tour last weekend, it was a brilliant night and we all had a great time. Let’s think outside the box and work together to come up with brand new ideas that mean CF will appeal to all young people."

Sound.

Raja: We cannot ignore the NUS.


Welsh Chairman candidate Zahid Raja has today made a rallying cry to CF members in Wales (and those outside should probably listen too), not to ignore the NUS. Raja says the NUS (National Union for Students) is already too instrumental in student life and CF needs many, many more representatives on the NUS in order to shape the future of the Student Union.

Raja says: "NUS claims to represent the student body across the UK. The media and other organisations recognise the National Union of Students represents the overall student body too...

Therefore, I’m going to bypass this entire argument of ignoring NUS ‘till it goes away’ and propose that we adapt and show how Conservative Future is relevant to the changing landscape of the student movement."

Raja went on to say: "We must get our members elected to Student Union posts and influence policy through sound Conservative thinking. We have already been doing this in Aberystwyth and Swansea. As I have said before, if elected I pledge to create flexible online workshops to provide all the resources a University branch would need to help members run for such posts."

Zahid Raja is the most senior member of the NUS from Conservative Future. tBg is very excited by the Raja2010 campaign, and believes Zahid Raja can take CF Wales on a new innovative direction that England may well follow.

Connect with Zahid Raja on Twitter.

Michael Rock to break his silence.


Epsom and Ewell Conservative Future have announced that the outgoing Chairman, Michael Rock, will speak at their regular monthly social this Friday.

'The Rock' may have a few choice words for candidates in this election and for CF overall looking ahead to the future. Michael will discuss the current Conservative-Liberal Democrat Government, the future for the Conservative Party, and what role the new Conservative Future Chairman and NEC will play in this.

Since taking over the Chairmanship from Mark Clarke in 2008, Rock has been largely credited with the transformation of Conservative Future to an effective campaigning entity; increasing involvement in national campaigns such as NO2ID, and laying the groundwork for successful activity during the recent General Election, Mayoral Election, and by-election victories in Crewe and Nantwich (2008) and Norwich North (2009).

Conservative Future has also seen membership increase by more than 30% to approximately 20,000 during his stewardship.

The event is open to all CF members, whether from the Epsom and Ewell constituency or further afield, and will take place on Friday 24th September from 20:00 at The Epsom Conservative Club, 39 Church Street, Epsom.

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Scandal, endorsements and salad.


At 09.23 this morning it was suggested in comments on this blog that former Chairman wannabe and serial Howlett attack dog, Simon Cavalier-Jones, was not actually a Party member.

London Spin, with it's razor-sharp investigative journalism, broke the revealing story this afternoon. One eye witness told tBg: "I saw a figure sprinting down Millbank toward Millbank Tower, he was trying terribly hard to type on his iPad whilst keeping his trousers up simultaneously. I'm pretty sure it was that guy from London Spin... what's his name again... oh yeah, Kash Karib."

tBg doesn't know whether to laugh or cry at this recent revelation by London Spin. Indeed, this is very embarrassing for Simon. Let's hope nothing else comes out of the woodwork for this independent politician.

Howlett also has another reason to be pleased today. Top CF blog London Spin is endorsing his campaign. Westminster's top newspaper said:

"Conservative Future needs a unifying force and a strong Chairman that can unite a broken movement – that person is Ben Howlett.

His (Howlett's) detractors argue that CF would perform better if it transformed into some kind of right-wing debating society, because there are no major campaign challenges coming up. But CF is not the Bow Group and, in case nobody noticed, the Boris Mayoral campaign is already gathering pace."

tBg bumped into Ben Howlett at Pizza Express while the news was breaking. tBg asked Ben what he thought of the Simon Cavalier-Jones scandal:

Ben said: "I have just come from a Freshers Fair recruiting new members. We have a massive membership drive going on across the country at the moment and if Simon would like to become a member of CF, he should contact his local association. We are decentralised, bottom up, grassroots membership organisation after all."

Ben seemed to want to get on with his Caesar Salad with extra sauce, so tBg quickly asked what he thought of London Spin's endorsement:

Ben said: "I am delighted that theBlueGuerilla and London Spin have endorsed my campaign. I want to ensure that CF is a united force and I will be acting from day one to ensure every region is working together turning every area across the country Blue."

Sound.

++UPDATE 17:32++ London Spin is reporting SC-J has his paperwork...

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Cox defiant in the face of defeat.


Craig Cox has come out fighting just days before election deadline day. The CF Chairman candidate has been on the back-foot for most of the campaign and has never really mounted a serious challenge against the juggernaut, that is the Ben Howlett campaign.

Earlier today tBg reported on Ben Howlett preparing for Conference, as any well organised potential leader should just 6 days before polling day. tBg believes it's not assuming power, but being ready to take the reigns if need be. Cox however, seemed to have taken this report as a smack in the mouth.

Cox has released a stern statement to tBg stating:

"It would seem from the statement released by my opponent earlier today that he has assumed he has managed to win the election without the results being in.

He (Howlett) can talk about victory parties at conference, working with CCHQ and getting on with the job all he likes. The fact of the matter is that no one man is bigger than the electorate, and no one man can declare the result without it even being concluded.

My campaign has been based around policies, not platitudes. Now there is a new distinction; hard work versus hubris. I shall be talking to ordinary CF members right up until polls close, promoting my vision of a modern, political and united CF."

Cox continued his last gasp attack on Howlett: "It seems my opponent is more concerned with planning his victory party."

Cox seems to be buoyed by a somewhat vague-Coxy-esq' Tory Bear endorsement. tBg has made it clear why he thinks Howlett should be Chairman and why Cox should not.

London Spin has now also declared for candidates this evening.

++UPDATE 20:03++

Ben Howlett has responded to Coxs' statement:

Ben says: "I am disappoint that Craig has so publicly and personally attacked me in this way.

As an old friend of Craig I wish to continue that friendship after the election.

If I had a victory party, which I haven't organised yet, I would love to have Craig there and I hope Craig would invite me to his."

Howlett prepares for Conference.


With conference only a few weeks away, Ben has been preparing himself for what could be his first conference as Chairman of Conservative Future.

With opposition camps wondering if they have “given up” or not, Howlett is already planning the first few weeks of his term as Chairman.

He has already received invites to speak from debates, youth events, Scout fringe meetings, drinks receptions, campaigns events, social action and Party meetings.

So far Ben has confirmed he is already working with Birmingham Conservative Future members to run campaigns and working with Birmingham University CF helping to support events. He said “I love the chance of getting my hands stuck in and getting on with the day job”.

He will also be attending events such as the Tory Bear party which looks to be another excellent event.

Ben said: “With the election not long over before Conference starts, it is going to be tough to get some of my policies implemented quickly so I will need to begin the implementation from day one.

I will be working with CCHQ and the Party in order to implement my ideas as quickly as possible. I already have strategies and policies which members have already seen, now it is time to get on with the job."

Monday, 20 September 2010

Cox returns to battle.


A Sullivan endorsement.


tBg is today throwing It's weight behind Patrick Sullivan for Appointed Officer. Patrick has a wealth of experience and tBg thinks he is ideal for the role. He is also a complete legend, and we all love him.

Cox has "given up".


News is reaching tBg's desk that Craig Cox has "given up" and gone into hiding.

A super-source for tBg from inside the Cox campaign said: "Craig has gone into hiding and has basically given up... long was it known that he never wanted the job in the first place."

tBg was inclined to disagree, but almost choked on his sugar cane when he searched 'CraigCox' and #cox2010 on Twitter, and it found nothing. Cox has had no news on his website since September 7th.

++UPDATE 15:36++

Though Craig Cox has been VERY quiet and seems to be no longer campaigning online trying to reach every member, the Cox camp are refuting tBg's source. The Cox campaign has released this statement to tBg:

"Craig and his team would be grateful if you clarified your story and reminded your readers that he is still campaigning, meeting voters, answering questions via email and fighting for every last vote.

He's steering clear of the gossip blogs and focusing on talking to branches about his vision of a united, modern and political Conservative Future. For accurate information on the Cox Campaign, see cox2010.co.uk".

Tory Bear launches attack on Zahid Raja.


Tory Bear has launched a savage attack on Chairman for Wales candidate Zahid Raja.

TB was endorsing candidates today in an article when he raged: "...CF Wales isn't the most exciting of organisations". TB went on to rip apart Zhaid Raja by declaring him, "...a Tory Reform Group loon..."

TB went on to cry: "The sooner Zahid Raja wakes up and realises he is in the wrong party the better. These quasi-socialist NUS NIMBYs need to be kept as far away from the Tory greasy poll as possible... (Zahid)...has more in common with Ed Balls than any Tory..."

Tory Bear had disappeared from all radars for a couple of weeks. tBg had heard he had been kidnapped by Tory ideologues (rumoured kidnappers include Edward Leigh, Owen Paterson and Greg Hands), sent back with orders to destroy the TRG.

TB thinks CF members should vote Grant Tucker (TRG Welsh Youth Chairman?) for Welsh CF Chairman because: "TB met him down at Spring Forum and he's a good guy". LOL?

Read the full article

Sunday, 19 September 2010

EXCLUSIVE: Whalley's vision for South-West CF.


In, what could be, a final push to urge CF members to vote for him, CF regional candidate for the South-West, Jack Whalley, today spoke to tBg.

tBg: So Jack, how are you enjoying life in the Tory Party?

Jack: "I’ve enjoyed every minute of my time in the Conservative Party so far.
Every minute. Some might be surprised by that, but it’s true. From the
thrill of election night counts to that feeling you get when you clinch
that all-important speaker, you can’t beat it. I feel that the time is now
right to put myself forward to serve Conservative Future in the South West.

tBg: You are currently Bath CF Chairman, how has this role weighted your decision to run for Regional Chairman?

Jack: "As chairman of the Bath branch of Conservative Future, I have
responsibility for developing our presence at the University of Bath, Bath
Spa University and those under-30s in the city. At well over one hundred
members and with unprecedented levels of growth, I have demonstrated the
skills and determination required to be successful...".

Whalley proposes:

Increased Communications

*The South West is home to a diverse range of CF branches. Quite simply, I feel that there is a lot of room for improvement in communication. I want to communicate with members in all areas, be it studying members or constituency members. I will provide regular updates. You want to be ‘in the loop’? I’ll make sure you are. Communication will no longer be top down only. Instead, communication will work from the bottom up and even between branches. It’s about what the regional team can do for you, not just what you can do for the region.*

Generating Discussion

*How should CF in the South West be organised? We’ve all got our own opinions, and as a party member, that’s only natural. What I know is that it’s your right to be heard by those who have responsibility in the party. I aim to put an end to unanswered e-mails and cries for help. We all know how frustrating it is. I want to ensure maximum levels of accountability, providing you with plenty of opportunities to voice your opinions… safe in the knowledge you will be listened to!*

Empowering Individuals

*Straight from the heart of our national manifesto, I want to put power back into the hands of local CF members. Branch chairmen should no longer go without reward for their dedication and initiative. From now on we will publicly recognise successful recruitment drives, events and campaign days. I will provide everything I possibly can to make sure that branch committees and members can achieve their goals. No more restricted branches struggling to perform basic CF functions.*

Encouraging Collaboration

*We should work together to share campaign expertise and event plans. There is absolutely no reason why the region shouldn’t have events which spread across the whole of the South West and allow everyone to get involved. To avoid low turn-outs at events, I will provide a central forum for discussion and invitation sharing. Campaign days and speakers should benefit everyone across the region.*

Whalley went on to say: "In short, the four key aspects of my manifesto are improved communication, useful discussions, member empowerment and friendly collaboration. The South West has the potential to become the heart of the next-generation Conservative Party. I’m the person to make sure that happens."

Cooper defies CCHQ policy.


Chairman and Deputy Chair' candidate Oliver Cooper has been promoting his policy on getting more CF'ers elected to councils in England and Wales in the past few hours.

Cooper says: "(My) ...aim is to increase the presence of CF on local councils. By having more CF members selected for, and elected to, local councils – and equipped to sit on them – we can carve a reputation for the party not as the old party, but as the young party. If councils are to be the future, a conservative future depends upon it."

tBg had tried to promote this policy at CCHQ, he was lambasted and shot down in flames. It still remains shocking to tBg that CCHQ are only interested in funding and training future CF Members of Parliament, entirely skipping a local roll that actually puts and keeps candidates in touch with society on a ground level. tBg believes being a councillor is the best training and experience anyone can have when running for Parliament.

Whoever wins Deputy, tBg hopes this policy is implemented and shouted from the roof tops.


Friday, 17 September 2010

CF Councillor causes Diane Abbott to have ‘sleepless nights’.


Yesterday Conservative Council Candidate sensational increased the Conservative majority in New River ward Stoke Newington, the seat currently represented by Labour Leadership contender Diane Abbott.

While Abbott was touring the country trying to pick up a handful of Labour votes for her Leadership Campaign, CF activists were busy trying to increase the majority in the key by-election of London. Benzion Papier, the new Conservative Councillor in New River Ward increased the Conservative majority from 39 to 560 with one of the biggest by-election swings seen in recent weeks.

Ben Howlett made a statement: “My congratulations go to Benzion and his campaign team for keeping control of the seat and increasing the majority in such a massive way. It is great to see so many CF aged candidates such as Benzion winning seats in untraditional Conservative territory. This seat was on the doorstep to one of the stalwarts of the left and I am glad to see the people of Hackney rejecting socialism and embracing conservatism.

I recently worked with Nick Clarke (London Regional CF Chairman Candidate), Justin Hinchcliff and Matthew Coggins (North East London Conservatives) to set up a CF campaign evening in Hackney and we had a great turnout. I want to see more CF candidates winning seats in Labour heartlands and I have always said they have my full backing.”

Full results; Hackney:
http://www.hackney.gov.uk/3344.htm

Swann launches campaign website.


With just 10 days till polling deadline day, Deputy Chair' (Political) candidate and firm libertarian, Alexandra Swann, has today launched her new website. The site includes her message as to why she is standing, a manifesto and blog.

Swann says: "If elected, I will work tirelessly with the new Chairman, DC for Membership, Appointed Officer and Regional Chairmen to ensure that those who feel disenfranchised want to get back involved with their local branches while promoting a positive, efficient and fun CF that we and, as importantly, the party can be proud of."

Keep up-to-date with Alexandra and her campaign. www.alexandraswann.co.uk

Connect with Alexandra on Twitter

Thursday, 16 September 2010

"Where's my ballot?" #2


As if by genius, dubbed the "Zanu CF" ballot shortfall by London Spin, tBg can reveal that CF members up and down the country are still not receiving their ballot papers.

Deputy Chair' candidate Clare Hilley has released this statement:

"As of today I am still awaiting my ballot paper and there have been dozens of complaints from members that they have not received one either.

It is not too late if you haven't. Follow these steps but please do it quickly:

A) if you're a national member email alan.mabbutt@conservatives.com to request one

B) if an association member contact your local office and ask them to contact Alan requesting a ballot paper.

Your ballot paper must be returned by 12pm on 27th September."

++UPDATE++ 22:53

CF Chairman for Wales candidate Zahid Raja has also been in contact with CCHQ over missing ballot papers, he tweeted their response...


Vote Howlett for Conservative Future National Chairman.


In our FOURTH major announcement, tBg is today urging CF members to vote Ben Howlett to become Conservative Future National Chairman. Ben has displayed the likeable personality and stardom characteristics that are needed to take CF in a fresh and dynamic direction.

tBg could go on forever why Ben is the best candidate, he however will not.

Ben has shown he is ready to lead and take everybody with him. Ben believes in Modern Britain, Our Party and Its members. He has shown this by travelling vast swathes of this great nation meeting CF members up and down the country.

Ben will, and has shown he can mobilise CF up and down the country to campaign against Coalition plans for Aspiration Tax and AV. He also has great ideas on Campaigning, School Campaigns and Branch Development. These are all the big issues tBg believes Conservative Future has to engage in over the next year.

The worst thing that could happen to CF on September 27th would be a Craig Cox victory. It would be a year of bad headlines and all of our hard-work being dragged through the mud. Cox only has himself to blame for this, when hitting national headlines holding up a "Bring Back Slavery" sign, and the witch hunt that has ensued since.

tBg would consider it an abomination if Cox were elected. Have your own opinion on Cox and why someone would do what he done. The bottom line is, CF doesn't need any of that baggage.

Ben Howlett has some quite frankly nasty enemies whom have tried to smear him over the past couple of months with viral impersonations and cries of supporting racism. These people now support the only candidate to have been caught in a race row. They should obviously not be listened to. However loud they shout, they should be ignored and members should vote for decency, honesty, fresh ideas, vibrant energy, hard-work, dynamism, and a leader that truly believes we are all equal.

We must not let our fellow members down, Vote Howlett.

Keep up-to-date with Ben's campaign to be Conservative Future National Chairman.

Connect with Ben on Facebook and Twitter.

Vote Raja for Conservative Future Chairman for Wales.


In the third of our FOUR blockbuster announcements, tBg is urging CF members to vote Zahid Raja Chairman for Wales.

tBg has been following the Raja2010 campaign and has been more than impressed with the effort, consistency and innovative ideas coming from it.

Zahid Raja proposes a Growth, Work Experience and Internships policy.

Zahid has worked with NGO’s like UNICEF (President of the Swansea branch) and Amnesty (National STAN committee) in developing their youth branches in Wales. Zahid proposes to create Welsh internships to complete some essential work in CF. Giving new young activists a meaningful role at the heart of our politics.

Zahid Raja has also fought for and won Swansea University CF free accommodation and places to Conference. He wants to equip other branches at Universities to get the same. Raja also plans to launch ‘Blue Hours’ – a concept that adds competition to campaigning.

Zahid Raja has massive potential within our Party and could go all the way one day.

Keep up-to-date with the Raja2010 for CF Wales campaign.

Connect with Zahid Raja via Facebook and Twitter.

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Vote Swann for Conservative Future Deputy Chair' (Political).


In the second of our FOUR major announcements tBg is urging CF members to vote for the feisty and feminine Alexandra Swann for Deputy Chair' (Political).

Swann is an up and coming star in CF and is on tBg's list of future Home Secretaries to be disgraced and sacked. She has no competition and is a shoe in. Outrages.

tBg suggests the next National Chairman abolish this role, and have one deputy.

Vote Hilley for Conservative Future Deputy Chair' (Membership).


In the first of FOUR major announcements tBg is urging CF members to vote Clare Hilley for Deputy Chair' for membership.

Level-headed Clare has massive experience within CF and has been a loyal and hardened activist for over a decade. tBg believes Clare's values and ideals are in line with itself and modern-progressive Conservatism able to take CF in the right direction. Decent, hard-working and conscientious Clare has earned her spot at the top of this organisation.

Watch Clare's new campaign video.


Keep up-to-date with Clare and her campaign to become Deputy Chair' at The Hilley Blog.

Connect with Clare on Facebook and Twitter.

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Cox campaign manager in election premonition furore.


Support Michael Champion.

CF extraordinaire Michael Champion is to embark on a journey to Noon Bagla, Kashmir in Pakistan to help run a medical centre. You can sponsor Michael by clicking here.

Howlett wants to bring back CF Conference.


Today Ben Howlett has sensationally announced that he wants to bring back the CF National Conference.

Howlett announced that next years CF National Conference will start off quite small, testing the water to see how successful they can be and if they get strong feedback then CF can allow them to grow the following year.

As a part of Howletts' localist agenda he also committed himself to work with Regional Executives to ensure that they can have their own regional conference with training opportunities provided at a local level.

Ben said: “Over the last few months I have been lobbied hard by members across the country to relaunch the CF National Conference. To be honest, given their prior history, I was sceptical at first. However I have been persuaded to think again about the opportunities that a conference could have for us.

Last years meeting of Area Execs was a step in the right direction which can be developed upon. With a professional approach and my beady eye looking over the event plans, working in collaboration with CCHQ, we have a real opportunity to get some top notch training; have a few drinks afterwards; meet other CF members from across the country, gain much needed sponsorship and have a really fun time.”

Monday, 13 September 2010

A letter from Jack Whalley.


tBg has received an impressive manifesto from CF candidate for regional South-West Chairman Jack Whalley.

"I am writing today to introduce myself, Jack Whalley, to you as a candidate
in the upcoming CF Elections for the role of Regional South West Chairman.

This is an exciting time within the Conservative Party and with this we
have chance to make real changes within the Regional Structure of the South
West CF.

I wish to take this opportunity to forward on a copy of my Campaign
Manifesto and I would appreciate if this could be re-distributed throughout
your member base.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me and I will
look forward to hearing from you."

You can contact Jack on Facebook, or via email.


Sunday, 12 September 2010

Patrick Sullivan: My plan for a better CF.


Patrick Sullivan, candidate for Appointed Officer, has today spoken to tBg about his plan for a 'Better CF'.

"Throughout my years in Conservative Future I’ve been amazed by the energy and hard work of our members and am truly proud of the excellent job they do. I’ve campaigned for the party in Council, Mayoral and General Elections and I’m proud of this record and the work. It’s this experience that I’d like to bring to the role of Appointed Officer to support the National Team in every way I can. Everyone that knows me understands how much this organisation means to me and the lengths I will go to improve it. These qualities and experiences make a strong candidate to work with the other members of the committee and give activists strong support, wherever they are based.

Make no mistake, this election is crucial to the future of our organisation. We need to make sure we elect a team that will give 100% commitment to our cause if we wish to make ourselves heard on the national political stage. With a committed team and strong leadership, I firmly believe Conservative Future will shine once again. My work on National Social Action projects and last minute by-election challenges means I have been tried and tested before. I fully intend to throw myself into the role of Appointed Officer, if you’ll put your trust in me.

For too long, Conservative Future has been dogged by internal bickering and pointless infighting – so lets show the party we’ve grown up and send the party a clear signal that this kind of backwards-focussed behaviour will not be tolerated anymore. It’s time to elect a strong and experienced team to prepare for the Boris 2012 election battle and present a united front on the national scene."

Saturday, 11 September 2010

Owen Meredith declares for Howlett.



Former NME member, Keele University Chairman and Staffordshire Area Chairman, Owen Meredith, has just encouraged CF members to vote for Ben Howlett on Twitter.

Friday, 10 September 2010

Phil Davidson. Probably the greatest politcal speech, ever.

Barnes and Cleverly back Ben.


With the announcement today that Boris will be re-standing for the Mayoral Elections, prior to the announcement Ben has already been in discussions over the last few months with Lynton Crosby – Boris' Campaign Manager.

Ben today pledged that CF will be integrated with the Boris Campaign and will be meeting with the Boris Campaign Team to ensure that CF as an activist force are working with them in a coordinated effort to re-elect Boris.

Ben has already been in discussions with Nick Clarke, London CF Regional Chairman Candidate, to ensure that CF has a coordinated campaign in London and following the meeting we will have a clear strategy as to CF’s involvement.

With news that Ben has initiated contact with the Boris campaign he has secured high profile endorsements:

"I am very happy and pleased to endorse Ben's candidacy for the CF National chairmanship. Ben has been an enormous asset in London his drive, energy, commitment and foresight are second to none. He will be a great asset to CF and the success of the party"

Richard Barnes AM
Deputy Mayor of London

"I wish Ben the best of luck with the campaign, he has the right ideas and the determination to win the campaign. He helped me with the Boris Campaign and the GLA campaign. Vote Ben"

James Cleverly AM - Deputy Leader of the Conservative Group

Tony Arbour – Assembly Member for Hounslow, Kingston-upon-Thames & Richmond -upon- Thames has also pledged his support for Howlett’s CF Chairmanship bid.

Ben said: “I am delighted that Boris has decided to re-stand as the Mayor of London. He has shown great leadership in London and has improved the region for the better since elected. I want to ensure that Boris is given as much support as possible from CF.

I am delighted that Richard Barnes, Tony Arbour and James Cleverly have decided to support me in my campaign. We have a real chance to win in London and it will be CF helping to lead that march to victory.”

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