Meet the new chief of Conservative Future [CF]. Unlike any of her predecessors, she’s a Baroness and 64 years old
DESPERATE times call for desperate measures it seems, with the Baroness Chisholm of Owlpen being parachuted into the role until such a time that a new youth organisation can be established. The move follows the suspension of the entire National Executive from their roles.
The Baroness, who does not leave much of a trace online, is hardly a familiar face within CF circles and has had a noticeable lack of presence at any CF related event.
The disgraced National Executive, who have kept low profiles since Mark Clarke was expelled from the Conservative Party for life, are unlikely to be allowed to return to their roles.
Calls from across CF circles have ranged from completely shutting down the organisation to having immediate elections.
TBG understands that there remains only one confirmed possible candidate for the role at this stage. Liam Walker, who chairs Witney Conservative Future, has remained quiet despite kicking his election campaign off early.
The move was met with mixed responses. Whilst some welcomed the decision, others shunned the announcement as "insensitive". Sources say Walker is concentrating on a comprehensive plan for the youth organisation to take it forward.
TBG sources also reveal that there are moves to establish two separate organisations; one that focuses on students and the other on young professionals. It is not understood at this stage how either would operate.
One insider tells TBG: "Whilst there are some that completely dismiss CF, there are others who have worked damn hard. Across the country, branches have come together in really difficult times. Just look at places like York, Bedfordshire and London. They’ve worked really well and can always be called on to campaign. Simply dismantling them is an insult to the hard work of so many people. The actions of a few should not tarnish the future of everyone else."
Another Leicester based activist told TBG: "It’s clear the last set of Exec members cared more about themselves than making campaigning accessible to anyone outside the RoadTrip brigade. The future should learn from the mistakes of the past. Whatever happens we need to put activist welfare at the very heart of any changes."