Saturday, 16 March 2013

Holmes takes Tory Youth Ballot Complaint to Party Chairman Grant Shapps.

National Tory Youth Wing Leader Candidate Paul Holmes today brought up Conservative Future (CF) ballot chaos with Tory Party Chairman Grant Shapps. Shapps soon promised that the issue would be dealt with urgency on Monday.

The encounter took place at the Conservative Party Spring Forum Conference in London. tbg understands that Holmes was the only National CF Chairman candidate to attend the event.

There were some laughs at the Tory Spring Forum too when one Tory stood up to thank Ben Howlett for his hard work as National CF Chairman. The activist didn't realise Ben was actually in the room too - and so the CF'er went on, until Grant Shapps felt like he had to interject to correct the Tory activist.


Simon Harley said...

Surely this is closing the gate after the horse has bolted? Unless the Party Co-Chairman is going to massively publicise the steps C.F.ers need to take to ensure that their details are in order, then there can't be much that he can do. I'm sure that the Returning Officer is doing all that he can at this stage, even if he could have made the process clearer much earlier. Nevertheless, I welcome any efforts Mr. Shapps can make to ameliorate the situation.

What is important is that the next National Executive makes sure that the electoral process is set in stone and that members are well-advised on how to keep their membership current. Two measures which just so happen to be in my manifesto.

Anonymous said...

i'm voting for samuel fletcher in the ukip elections.

Champion said...

Whatever executive is elected, once again it will be with a puny turnout, few eligible members knowing about the elections, no plausible mandate to call themselves Executive Members.

These CF elections have caused more damage to the Party than good - they've been vile and rife with personal, purile abuse.

I suspect most want to abuse the position as a CV builder.

The party needs to get its house in order and undertake a governance review. The current system is a shambles, and does not merit being associated with the Conservative Party.

Anonymous said...

just a few days left. here's hoping we sort this mess out

Simon Harley said...

Champion, I fully recognise where you are coming from, but any paucity of votes this time round will be fully the Conservative Party's own fault. This is their system, their organisation and their vote. Full stop.

I quite agree that any Executive elected this time 'round won't, and is unlikely to have, a mandate, but that doesn't mean we can't strive to make sure that there is one next time for our successors.

Anyone who knows me knows that I'm not in this for the C.V.: I'm only in it because I believe that Conservative Future can do a fuck load better, and I'm determined to do my best to make that happen.

The Party has apparently treated us like children these past few years. If I'm elected that will end. My Constitutional Review will obtain the settlement we deserve, or renegotiate the Conservative Future we know at the moment. The status quo cannot last, and I for one am sick of it.

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

Wo-hoah, Grant Shapps! Shit the bed!
What a weapons-grade loser.

Anonymous said...

what is oily cooper going to do when he loses this election for the nth time!???

Anonymous said...

Paul Holmes looks like Virgil off Thunderbirds.

Anonymous said...

best of luck paul

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