Sunday, 17 February 2013
Tory Youth National Deputy Leader wants Party to 'fully commit to social and moral responsibilities'.
Sarah is committed to the Big Society
Hot on the heels of a brutal national election hustings in London this past Friday, Conservative Future's (CF) one and only National Deputy Chairman Sarah-Jane Sewell has been in an exclusive Q&A session with tbg.
Sarah talks about what she has to offer the Tory Party grassroots over the next 15 months and reveals her opinions on the race for National Tory Youth Leader. Sarah also gives us more information about her CF Red Nose Day plans, her love life and a new found love for Italian coffee.
What was for breakfast?
"This morning, because it's the weekend, I had a smoked mackerel toasty using wholegrain bread with a cup of tea in my favourite Eeyore mug. Got to look after our hearts! All the omega 3 and low GI.
"I don't usually have time for breakfast during the week though, because I'm up and answering emails and doing work and then reading for my degree so I usually just make do with a cup of tea or glass of fruit juice."
What are your opinions on the race for Chairman so far?
"Well they've certainly been interesting. If I were to win my election, I know I would be very happy to work along side any of the chairmen candidates. I've already worked with James Deighton, and particularly Matt Robinson as Regional College Chairman.
"I think it's crucial to have someone elected who can really relate to everyone, not matter where they sit on the 'political line' within the party, how old they are, gender etc. We need someone who will really work as a team with the national exec' and regional chairmen, in order to really strengthen the voices and campaigning forces of the grassroots.
"I've heard mumblings from various people about location etc, I personally don't think it matters where the candidate lives, or where they have lived previously, what does matter, is how they can use their present and previous geographical locations to understand that each individual Conservative Future branch is completely unique, and has very different needs. It's easy to say 'oh well we'll put a national event on here, here and here', but the reality of doing that it actually very hard.
"I think the candidates should truly consider the power of actually giving the support and guidance to let area and branch chairmen organise events tailored specifically to the needs of individual branches and areas, and no one knows what they need better than the actual branch and area chairmen themselves."
Fav’ fizzy pop beverage?
"Don't really drink fizzy drinks to be perfectly honest but I don't mind a bit of Dr Pepper or Dandelion and Burdock."
Can you tell us anymore about this Red Nose Day thing?
"Well Red Nose Day is a part of Comic Relief and has been running for 25 years now. It helps so many people, and by getting involved, we’re really contributing to the Big Society.
"In the UK, the money raised helps young people living on the streets, dealing with mental health, where research suggests that as many as 1 in 12 young people self-harm, or alcohol problems, it helps those who have suffered domestic and sexual abuse, young carers and older people too.
"But it’s not just in the UK that the money is put to good use to help people. Across the world money is spent to help bring fresh water to whole communities, provide lifesaving vaccines, helping people living in urban slums and those affected by HIV and AIDS, and this is only a few ways help is provided. More info can be found here.
"It’s really important that we fully commit to our social and moral responsibilities, and by getting involved with something such as red nose day and doing 'something funny for money', we can really ENJOY raising money. In all the charitable work I’ve done in the past, I’ve always found that by doing something more active to raise money, more money is collected in the entirety, than by simply doing something such as a raffle or just a collection.
"Boris Johnson told us at Party Conference in October 2012 that he and David Cameron had danced Gangnam Style together, and what’s good enough for Boris and Dave is certainly good enough for us as well. There have been so many spoof and spin off videos of the song that it’s about time we did it TORY STYLE - and raising LOTS of money for good causes whilst having fun."
Tea or coffee?
"Nothing beats a good cup of tea, although my Italian flat mate has proper Italian coffee and that is pretty darn good I must say!"
What do you want to bring to CF over the next 15 months?
"Well I will be publishing my manifesto next week, so you’ll see my full proposed plan for the next 15 months then. I’ll be looking to carry on the work I’ve been doing for the past 14 months, in increasing membership, helping to further develop branches in the target seats. Nothing happens instantly when creating a branch, it takes time and a year is really not a very long time.
"I’ll be putting a focus on strengthening rural branches, particularly those that become dormant during university term time.
"I’ll be continuing to support CF Women, CF Post Grads and CF Young Professionals and will also be proposing a 'universities council' much like the regional college, but somewhere that all of the university branch/association chairmen can come together to talk about and support issues specific to students. This will include supporting conservative candidates in University and college student unions as well as the up and coming NUS elections.
"I will also be continuing the behind-the-scenes work of the social media and social action awards that have been running for the past year or so. I spoke to “#thingselliotsays’ in January about my proposed plans for the re-introduction of CFTV and CFradio, these plans which are currently awaiting the final thumbs up from CCHQ.
"Watch this space for my manifesto to be launched next week."
Are you single at the moment?
"I don't really have time to not be single really. CF takes up so much time, and I have university and charity commitments among other things as well. I did go on a VERY lovely date yesterday though. At the end of the day, I'm only 19, and unless I get unfortunately hit by a bus tomorrow, I have a very long time to not be single in the future."
2015 General Election alastair wilson alexandra swann amy atkinson anastasia beaumont bott Andrea Jenkyns andrew mitchell andrew pelling andrew thorpe-apps andy burnham andy coulson angela merkel Annesley Abercorn anti muslim anti-gay argentina assault austin mitchell back boris back boris 2012 backbencher ban banned barack obama barley mow-gate bath cf bbc ben howlett benefit cap benefits bnp bob crow bob lanzer boris boris island boris johnson boston boundary changes Brexit brighton british rail budget bullying callum crozier cameron brown campaigning cannabis cardiff catholic cchq cf cf east cf election cf london cf policy forum cf poll cf wales cfelection11 channel 4 channel five charlotte argyle child benefit china chris grayling chris heaton-harris chris huhne chris pain christine emmett christmas Christopher Harries clare hilley cllr stephen west CLWCF coalition conference conservative future conservative future chairman conservative party conservative party conference Conservative Way Forward conservative womens organisation conservativehome conservatives corby council councillors craig cox craig lawton crawley crimes criminal cross keys homes croydon cuts cyril smith daily express daily mail daily mirror dan hannan danielle fleet danny alexander darius laws dashtory data protection david cameron david davis david laws david miliband dean hyatt death death penalty debt defect deficit democracy democrats deputy chairman disabled dominic mcdonough donal blaney donald trump donations downing street drunk DWP east midlands eastleigh economy ed balls ed davey ed miliband ed vaizey edl education eimhear macfarlane einy shah election Ellie Vesey-Thompson Elliott Johnson energy england english defence league environment epsom and ewell cf equal rights eric joyce eric pickles essex eu eu referendum europe evening standard exeter expenses facebook falklands feltham and heston film food food banks foreign aid foreign policy fox news france francis maude free press free schools freedom friends of Israel fuel funding fundraising funeral funny gagged gareth shanks gavin barwell gavin cook gay gay marriage gaza GE2017 geoff brooking george galloway george osborne gerald vernon-jackson geroge galloway Gerry Adams gordon brown gossiptory grant shapps grant tucker greenpeace gregg barker growth guardian guido fawkes gulf war halloween hampshire tories harry aldridge harry cole hartlepool health care heathrow help for heroes henry smith hollande holmes_argyle home office homophobia homosexuality house of commons howard bloom hugh muir human rights iain dale iain duncan smith ids immigration india industry inflation international aid IRA iran iraq war islam israel italy jack buckby jack whalley jacob rees-mogg Jacob Wilkinson james cleverly james deighton james morton james wharton jasmine rahman jeremy browne jeremy hunt Joan Ryan jobs joe cooke john bercow John Ferrett john hayes john mccain john peck john prescott john pye john redwood johnathan levy josh geddes julian assange justine greening karl mccartney karl williamson Kavya Kaushik KCL Tories ken clarke ken livingstone knife crime labour labour party labour youth laura-rose saunders law and order leadership bid lee gilroy leeds legal len mcCluskey Leon French leveson lgbt lgbtory lgbtq in ukip liam byrne liam fox Liam Walker lib dem lib dem rebellion liberal democrats liberal youth liberty liberty league lincoln lincolnshire lincolnshire cf liverpool liza chantelle lobbying london london 2012 london cf london spin loony left lord oakeshott lords lords reform louise mensch louise powell louth louth & horncastle lynton crosby mahiki mahiki-gate mahyar tousi mail on sunday manchester margaret thatcher maria hutchings maria miller marijuana mark clarke mark hoban mark reckless martin shapland matt robinson matthew robinson matthew wilson mayor of london michael champion michael fabricant michael gove michael mates michael rock micheal heseltine middle east mike hancock milton spies mitt romney mo metcalf-fisher Morley & Outwood mugabe muheed jeeran muslim nabil najjar nadine dorries national union of students nationalisation nazi neil hamilton netenyahu nhs nick clegg nick de bois nick southworth nicolas clark nigel farage north east north korea north west northern ireland nottingham notts county council nus oliver cooper olly neville ollyshambles olympics OUCA oxford university paddy ashdown palestine parliament parliament street party patrick mercer patrick sullivan paul holmes pensions peter mandelson peter smallwood peterborough petition philip smith phillip smith phone hacking piers morgan plotting PMQs police police and crime commissioner policy political scrapbook poll pop charts portsmouth portsmouth south posh poster campaign president hollande prime minister priti patal private sector privatisation protest public sector putin quit R.I.P. racism racist railways re-shuffle rebekah brooks rebellion recession red ed red nose day reece warren referendum religion republican party reshuffle revolution rich people richard farnell richard holloway Richard Williams richmond cf rob comley rob manning robert manning robin hunter-clarke ross butcher royal mail rufford rupert murdoch russia sacked salford samantha hoy sanctions sarah harding sarah palin sarah-jane sewell saudi arabia sayeeda warsi schools scotland scottish independence scottish tories secret society sex sexism shane moore Silvio Berlusconi simon danczuk simon harley simon hughes sir george young sky news SNP social action socialism south east south east cf south-west cf south-west regional chairman Southampton spending stacey bott stephen canning stephen hoffman steve hilton stewart jackson stoke-on-trent strike surrey cf swansea cf syria tara hewitt tax tax cuts tax payers alliance tbg tbg tv teamjasmine telegraph terrorists the commentator the guardian the hoff the old lion the pope the queen the sun the times the wright stuff theblueguerilla theresa may thorpe-apps tim farron toby elliot tommy robinson tony blair tory tory bear tory chairman tory reform group trade union transport trolls tuc tuition fees twitter ucl uganda uk ukip ukip conference unemployment unions UNISON unite Universal Credit usa victoria ayling vince cable violence violent protest virgin trains wales war wedding welfare welsh conservatives west coast rail westminster whitehall william hague wind farms wirral cf woolwich work and pensions working class working man worsester cf wwe yazdan chowdhury ybf yougov young independence yvette cooper zac goldsmith zahid raja zanu pf zimbabwe zionist federation