INTERVIEW: New Conservative Future Women Leader 'Wasn't Going to Stand'.




AISHA VANCE-GRIMARD has been elected Conservative Future (CF) Women Chairman this week and has told TBG she wasn't going to stand but, was encouraged by friends and intends to put, "encouraging more women to stand in local and national elections" at the center of the organisations ethos.

Aisha walloped her opponent Elizabeth Anderson by 10 votes to 6 at the AGM this week. In an exclusive TBG Q&A session Vance says she wants to build a strong career, reveals her background and an insight into her eating habits.

What did you eat at breakfast?

"Peach yogurt, blackberries and a strong latte!"

So, what’s it like winning an election?

"Humbling. Initially I wasn’t going to stand, but I received a lot of encouragement and support from CF friends so I decided to go for it."

Were there any tears upon the announcement?

"I think anytime someone puts themselves out there, especially for something that you’re passionate about, you become emotionally invested—and that’s a good thing."

How do you plan to represent CF Women?

"I have plans in mind that will be centred on hosting great events, and campaigning for our members. I will also be focussing on encouraging more women to stand in local and national elections, and building on the great foundation Clare has created.

"Our next event is scheduled for May. We will be screening FrackNation; a documentary on fracking, rebutting the claims in Josh Fox’s documentary, Gasland. So be sure to stay tuned for more information!"


What’s your favourite fizzy pop beverage?

"Dr. Pepper! It brings back memories of visiting my grandparents in Florida during spring breaks. It was the only time I used to drink pop as a kid so whenever I have it now, I get a wave of nostalgia."

Where are you from?

"Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada."

Do you have any further aspirations within the Tory party, apparently they’re crying out for women?

"I think it’s really important to have a strong career before you enter politics, so that’s where my goals are at the moment. My husband and I just bought a home in Bromley, so I’m really looking forward to getting involved locally there."

You’re not going to defect anywhere, are you?

"Nope! :-)"