Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Tory Chairmen back Labour candidate and slam CF activists.


Merseyside Tory Area Chairman is apparently the Labour candidates campaign manager

An explosive exchange came about when Merseyside Tory Area Chairman Arron Poole sensationally came out in support of the Labour Students candidate for Liverpool University Guild of Students President in elections taking place this week.

Liverpool Tory Youth Chairman, Aaron Ellis, then wade in and slammed a Conservative Future activist questioning why a CF Chairman was backing a Labour candidate, describing efforts in student union politics as "a waste of time" and told the local CF activist - who is helping grow the Wirral CF activist branch - her efforts were not at all serious and he was not prepared to lend support.



Seems as if it's not just UKIP nabbing Tories.

UPDATE [READ] EXCLUSIVE: Liverpool Tory Youth Chairman defends focus on being sociable.

29 comments:

Anonymous said...

Elected positions in universities aren't party political. Insisting that we make everything partisan when the election is clearly about policies rather than politics is the kind of thing that turns normal people off youth politics. There are bigger things to worry about Tara.

Anonymous said...

This really isn't news.

Anonymous said...

This is tbg! If you want to know how the housing market is doing, go and gawk at bbc news.

Anonymous said...

CF is a childish organisation and this just proves it. Those that formed Wirall CF were doing so as they couldn't get a committee position at Liverpool CF.

Anonymous said...

Doesn't Wirall CF only have 3 members? Their committee? Not worth discussing.

Anonymous said...

People should be welcoming the creation of Wirral CF and not just criticize as the Wirral contains 2 marginal seats both of which the party needs to win to get a majority in 2015.

Anonymous said...

The Wirral CF has only been around for just over two weeks and already has membership in the double figures. That's more than three.I agree that this is not a news story it is just a representation of petty squabbling. The fact that one branch would attack a newly formed branch is not representative of conservative future as a whole. It is quite disappointing to think that an elected official would act in such a way as to smear another CF branch.

Also the Wirral CF was discussed and organised prior to the elections in Liverpool and therefore those elections played no part in it being set up.

Anonymous said...

The Wirral CF has only been around for just over two weeks and already has membership in the double figures. That's more than three.I agree that this is not a news story it is just a representation of petty squabbling. The fact that one branch would attack a newly formed branch is not representative of conservative future as a whole. It is quite disappointing to think that an elected official would act in such a way as to smear another CF branch.

Also the Wirral CF was discussed and organised prior to the elections in Liverpool and therefore those elections played no part in it being set up.

Anonymous said...

The branch was created before the Liverpool elections therefore those elections played no part in its creation.

It is very disappointing that an elected official would publicly smear another branch for the sole purpose of feeding his ego.

The creation of a branch in an area with an Mp, unlike Liverpool, should be welcomed especially since as it stands its membership is already in double figures not three and it will help to campaign for the marginal seats it has a chance of winning.

Anonymous said...

Two of the three members of the executive didn't even stand in Liverpool's elections...serious issue with facts on this comments section.

Anonymous said...

Anyone who is in the Wirral CF is either an absolute selfish dick or a shim! wankaaaaas

Anonymous said...

We all know it's Dan and Katie... please go away.

Anonymous said...

Katie & Dan both stood in Liverpool.... Both got nearly 0 votes

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Anonymous said...

Wirral is ran by two spoilt wannabe politicians who think it is cool to say welfare shouldnt exist because everyone who is on it are scum and there should be no nhs either. They are everything that people hate about conservatives and I feel sorry for Aaron or anyonelse who has to deal with them.

I wont even go into detail about 'tara' who has gone from far left to far right. she is just as laughable as them. She was with us before and am absolute nightmare to be around.

Before anyone asks I am young Labour in liverpool :)

Anonymous said...

Tara, Dan & Katie are careerists nothing more nothing less.

It's hilarious that Tara tries to belittle Aaron, when about 2/3 years ago she was protesting outside George Osborne's house with some anti-cuts sorts.

Dan & Katie are the Romney's of CF. Morons and damage the party image. Sure Wirall CF might be attractive to hardcore, tow the party line, envelope stuffers. But if we're trying to engage normal people in CF politics or attract young people over to the tories, these two should be avoided like the plague.

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Anonymous said...

Having watched this conversation unfold on twitter, I would have to back Ellis, the Wirall CF is completely and totally irrelevant, it is a labour strong hold, Tara should know that, being someone with no political direction, shown by her jumping ship not too long ago. There are very few members of the Wirall CF as far as i know, and they are only there due to the fact that they are too incompetent to be accepted as leaders in Liverpool. It is due to people like them why most youth are completely uninterested in politics.

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Michelle-Louise said...

Right. First of all, people like Tara, Dan and Katie ARE engaging with people, especially the young, and getting them aware. It is why Ian Lewis was elected on the Wirral recently.

Secondly, Tara was never hard left. Someone who was a supporter of Tony Blair was "hard left"? Get up to your room and do some studying.

Thirdly, the Party is making inroads in Liverpool, getting our message across as the only party who can deal with the economy. I lived through the Labour dictatorship of thirteen years which ruined this country and has left the Tories with the job of clearing up the mess yet again.

Anonymous said...

They can not connect with young people when they think any kind of welfare state is some kind of abomination, especially in Liverpool. The conversation above between Tara and Aaron, Tara states that debates are completely irrelevant, now that seems a bit silly to me does it not to you? The simple fact is,any level headed conservative, in the UK, believes in some socialist principles. Not to mention the fact that those who argue against it come across as spoilt fools, unable to articulate an actual argument without looking like supporters of a dictatorial regime.

Anonymous said...

The lesson learned here should be, when you express such argumentative, agressive and negative views on twitter and in real life, do not be surprised to have the come back in your face.


And btw guys, this is CF. Everyone grow up.

Anonymous said...

"Tara was never hard left"

http://www.knutsfordguardian.co.uk/news/8752068.More_police_than_students_attend_protest_outside_Tory_office/?ref=rss

Don't think tony was a fan of 'taxing the rich to pay for education' or big red stars...

Mark Dodsworth said...

Some of the comments on here are ridiculous. I remember both Katie and Dan when they first joined the party as part of a CF branch I was chair of, they are not careerists, but they are definitely passionate about their politics and very strongly opinionated.

Wirral CF is not a waste of time, it is a new project and therefore won't have many members to start with will it? If it doesn't work out, at least they tried something. However, the Wirral is a small but key area for us on the electoral map and it is right there is a small branch working on the ground.

I'm sure Katie, Dan and Tara have made mistakes at times like we all do but at the end of the day we are part of the same party with the same goal of getting a majority, so lets quite the slanging matches and get on with what we need to do.

Also, if there is something that I can assure you puts people off joining CF, it is arguing.

Tara Hewitt said...

Hi,

Nice that this all gets all personal really shows the maturity of some people and just damages CF further to the outside world.

Dan and Katie are fantastic, hard working mature and great advocates for the party and I'm privileged for working with them to help set up Wirral CF which will be key for supporting the Parties target seats here in 2015.

As for attacks on my own politics (which by the way had nothing to do with this issue but simply a cheap shot considering the work that I do for the party) You can read my political views on my blog
http://www.blueblairite.blogspot.co.uk/
Where you can judge for yourself about my politics. Yes I was a sabbatical officer at a University and Yes I opposed the new fees system which was SU policy I supported a graduate tax and I wont apologise for taking that position. However if you want to define my whole politics because there is a picture of me stood next to some lefties banner at one then good for you but I think my actions, views and support for centrist aspirational politics speak for themselves. If you want some facts I was nearly no confidenced for the same hard left for NOT SUPPORTING Free Education and for supporting a graduate tax as Vice President of Liverpool Guild of Students which lead to the left storming the building and trashing it. I was too "right wing" a sabbatical officer but dont let facts get in the way of a good old anonymous cheap shot from a keyboard warrior.

Hope we can all put this behind us knuckle down and work together for the good of the party as personally I find this childish behaviour rather tiresome and I will be getting back to working with my friends and collagues in Wirral, Liverpool association, Liverpool CF members and people across the UK as we are one party and want one thing a conservative government.

Gareth Anderson said...

The problem with all political youth wings is that they are filled with people who are absolutist in their beliefs on just about everything. The advantage CF has is that at least most of our members are talented and intelligent.

Spats like this are pointless and help nobody. I know most of the people involved in this non-story and they are all very able and ambitious people. Not ambitious in the greasy-pole way either. They are ambitious for our party.

Tara asked a reasonable question for somebody who might not be aware of how well the political groups get on at Liverpool University right now and Arron gave a reasonable explanation. That's where it should have ended, but unfortunately people became needlessly personal and divisive.

I am from Liverpool, was Chairman of Liverpool University CF a little over a decade ago, I know the Wirral extremely well and am a councillor in Cheshire. Both Liverpool and the Wirral are vital for growing CF and the party as a whole, but for very different reasons. Liverpool brings students from across the UK together where they can get involved and bring a wealth of ability to the party. Wirral holds many marginal council seats and two marginal constituencies so if anybody dismisses the Wirral for us then they haven't a clue what they are talking about. Dan and Katie are doing a terrific job there along with Tara, and Arron is doing a brilliant job with Liverpool University CF. They are doing their jobs differently because they are different areas needing different approaches and I for one want to thank and congratulate them all.

If anyone has a problem, chat in private about it. And I would ignore the anonymous keyboard warriors on here, they are unlikely to be of much use in the real world.

Anonymous said...

Why bother to debate how left Tara Hewitt is as the facts tell a perfectly good story.

She resigned as a member of the Labour Party just over a year ago and became a member of the Conservative Party. Like all new members she's most welcome but she might want to look around a little and get settled-in before she starts two many fights!!

http://order-order.com/2012/01/31/another-young-blairite-jumps-ship-labour-students-lgbt-officer-joins-tories/

Anonymous said...

Shock Horror someone is friends with someone from another political party and backs them for SU politics.....
Heaven forbid. Grow up and stop arguing on twitter.....

Tara Hewitt said...

Wish people would like me have the honestly and openness to use their own name on comments I am happy to stand by my actions and words and I wish others would too x

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