Thursday, 28 February 2013
EXCLUSIVE: CF Leader Candidate Massacres Rivals Campaign Tactics in 'Most Brutal Election'.
Candidate for National Conservative Future (CF) Chairman James Deighton has sensationally torn into his rivals campaign tactics in and exclusive tbg Q&A session.
James says there have been too many smears and its the most brutal contest he can remember. Deighton answers if he thinks the Tory Youth Wing are taking his bid to be Chairman seriously.
James also reveals to tbg what kind of CF he wants to create, and insight into his love life and that he like a nice hot cross bun in the morning.
What did you eat at breakfast today?
"As I start work early each day I don’t devote much time to breakfast. I usually just grab a slice of toast and a cup of tea. Although at this time of year a toasted hot cross bun is always a nice treat. I enjoyed a particularly good one this morning."
How do you think your campaign is going?
"I’m pleased with my campaign and I believe it’s going well. I am fighting a clean campaign that is focusing on the issues that affect CF members and engaging with them about what they would like our organisation to be like. My manifesto which I published last week is full of practical and easy to implement policies that I think will help to make CF a more accountable, united, and truly national organisation.
"I am spending as much of my free time as possible visiting branches across the regions and talking to the members. That’s what I wish to concentrate on. I want to create a national CF that is closer to the membership, a team that gets out there and engages with people like never before.
"Sometimes I feel that there is too much of a focus on the candidate’s personalities rather than on what they stand for and what they would do for CF. This election is all about serving the ordinary, hardworking members up and down this country and we must always strive to serve them and their needs."
Do you think the Conservative Future electorate are taking your campaign seriously considering your low polling at recent hustings?
"I would definitely say so, yes. I would not have been elected twice to the national executive as the best practice officer if people did not take me seriously.
"There are many extenuating circumstances that explain all these hustings results that would take all evening to go through. I will point out however that I don’t travel with a team or corral people into attending the hustings. I just put in the effort to be there and answer the members’ questions.
"People appreciate the level of commitment I have shown to CF and the fact that I have experience at all levels of CF. Having held branch, area, regional, and national offices. You can be assured that whatever level of CF you are at, I have been there. I know the needs and challenges that you face first hand. That we all face together.
"I have put myself and my manifesto to the vote twice before and on both occasions I won. The fact that I was re-elected to that office shows that I did a good job and fulfilled all my promises to the electorate. I am a man of my word and I always keep my promises. I won’t say or promise things to people that I won’t deliver for a few votes. Trust is very important to me and I promise people that if you put your faith in me I won’t let you down."
What's your favourite fizzy pop beverage?
"I like most forms of pop but I usually opt for that old classic Coca Cola. Although in the words of the BBC other forms of cola are available."
What do you think of your rival's campaigns'?
"Having been involved in national CF elections for a few years now I can without doubt say that this has been the most brutal election I can recall. There have been far too many attacks and smears and not enough focus on the candidates records and pledges. To use that old football analogy people seem far too keen on playing the man and not the ball.
"Last week we saw a huge amount of accusations being thrown at Matthew Robinson and the emails. I do not know whether this was a breach of the D.P.A. or not. As a fellow member of the exec I concur with others that we don’t have member’s data or emails to access. I voiced private concerns to Matthew about this based on what people who received these emails told me but I did not make any public statements on the matter. I don’t wish to make capital out of other people’s mistakes or jump on bandwagons. I feel that in some cases my opponents displayed far too much glee in Matthews’s troubles. As far as I’m concerned the principle of innocence until proven guilty applies.
"Having said this I really don’t wish to dwell on my opponents and their campaigns. How they choose to conduct their own affairs is up to them but it is quite obvious that they all seem to be to varying degrees mired in the proverbial. I reiterate that I am fighting a clean campaign and unless people can produce proof of their allegations I tend to just ignore it.
"People won’t forgive those they see as smearing their opponents for their own advantage. We are all in the same party after all. Whoever wins the election will have to work with everyone in CF and if there is an issue of trust then CF will be damaged by it."
Can you win?
"I think that I’m well placed to do so and where ever I visit I get a good response from the members. Even those that say they are backing another candidate wish me well. Elections are never over until the ballots are counted and we are a few weeks away from that yet so we will just have to wait and see.
"Having served the majority of my time in CF in the Midlands and the North of England, I am a true regional candidate. My candidacy brings a fresh perspective to what has been traditionally a London centric CF. My candidacy is an opportunity for CF to address this imbalance and show that we as a party take the Regions seriously.
"With Robinson’s departure from the race I feel that I’m well placed to represent his previous supporters as a big supporter of the regions and the localism agenda. I will work extremely hard to bring them and others on side.
Are you single? "Yes I am. CF is a harsh mistress at times and takes up a lot of my time. Especially of late ;) Who knows what fate has in store."
[READ] James' Manifesto
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