EXCLUSIVE: Former Tory Youth Leader Ben Howlett says Goodbye.



tbg bumped into Former CF Chairman Ben Howlett today on the steps of Costa Coffee for comment on today's Conservative Future election results, due this afternoon.

Ben told tbg - "I would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who has made the last three years as National Chairman of Conservative Future possible. It has been an absolute pleasure to have served the Conservative Party and Conservative Future as the first National CF Chairman elected under a Conservative Government.

"I am very proud of what we have achieved over the years. When I first started we had around 170 branches and now we have 11 Regions with more than 320 branches (with 50 pending/unofficial) all incredibly active supporting campaigns, events, social action and feeding in their ideas to the policy making process.

"As the Party Chairman wrote to me and said the other day, Conservative Future is no longer the 'black sheep of the family', our reputation among the senior party, as seen with a number of receptions with Senior Cabinet Ministers and the Prime Minister, has never been stronger.

"Each and every member can now proudly say they are a member of Conservative Future, an internationally respected organisation which is one of the fastest growing political youth wings in Western Europe.

"Whoever learns today that they will be taking over from me as National Chairman, they have a fantastic organisation to build more branches and ensure that we win an overall majority in 2015. I look forward to working with them in the future.

Thank you again and I look forward to seeing you on the campaign trail soon."