Monday, 2 November 2015

Liam Walker Announces National Conservative Future Leadership Bid.

RUMOURS of an imminent Conservative Future (CF) leadership challenge have come to fruition after Liam Walker announced his intention to run for National CF Chairman, TBG can reveal.

In a statement Oxfordshire based Liam Walker said: "Following a letter sent a few weeks ago from Conservative Party Chairman, Andrew Feldman, to activists in which he stated that Conservative Future elections will be held after the party review process has taken place in June, I am today announcing my intention to run for National Chair of Conservative Future."

Liam Walker
The Walker camp has seen frantic activity since this website revealed, Friday, a top CF activist would disclose his candidacy at the weekend. Walker has since featured at yawn inducing ConservativeHome and in an open letter to CF members, outlining his beliefs and hopes for the future of the organisation, which included the following:

  • Our voice back. Someone not afraid to stand up for young people in our party.
  • Put the fun back into what we do, we aren't just about delivering leaflets. Increase the number of social events including a Christmas Party.
  • Hold an annual CF National Conference giving members an opportunity to voice concerns, ideas and updates on their own branches. Would also include things like media training, social media tips and key note speakers.
  • Support our members making sure those who are willing to give up their own time to set up/run a CF branch have the support to do so. Help and advice with holding events etc.
  • Work with the party to have our own campaign teams using the Team2015 model of local people in local seats supported with CF Action Days. Invite MP's and Cabinet Secretary's to help out or speak at a campaign event.
  • Hold regular meetings across the country for members to feedback ideas and hold the National Executive to account.

Walker has categorically ruled out running a slate and says he will, "work with whoever is elected into any of the positions nationally, regionally and at branch level and encourage all to get involved in the elections if they wish.

"I look forward to the campaign and to meeting as many members of Conservative Future as possible"
- said Walker.

The announcement hasn't been met everywhere with smiles and handshakes however. One CF'er was fuming: "Receiving Liam's email tonight was absolutely disgraceful. In the wake of Elliot's death, this announcement was very premature and very self-loathing. Totally unacceptable."

Other CF'ers are buzzing with excitement: "Walker is fantastic and has a very large character. If anyone can help put CF back together it's Liam."


Salman. said...

Think pretty much most people this that his timing is bloody awful. Campaigning for 8 months. 8. Months. You don't spend that long campaigning unless you want to 'piggyback' off an event....a recent tragedy. Awful.

Quaid Combstock said...

Although I have nothing against Liam, I can't say I currently see any reason to vote for him. The policies he has quoted within his manifesto pledge are the same things every candidate for National CF Chairperson has said before him. Equally, I think it is disappointing to piggy back off the current anti leadership due to recent times with Elliot.

Just to point out the issues with his pledges:

1) Every CF Chairman candidate, as well as most politicians use that line. It's always about bringing back the voice...

2) We do have a lot of socials events? The social calendars falls to the local and regional associations, not national. Realistically, it's again only a select few, cliché, members who actually go to these events.

3) CF national conference? We already see one another at the main party conference? Why would I go to two events for the same thing?

4) Even Mark Clarke beat you to RoadTrip2015... So they did stick to that pledge well.

5) You don't need to hold hearings? Again, that's down to the Regional Associations to do, hence why we elect Regional Chairmans.

Disappointingly, there is nothing original here yet worthy of my vote. I want someone who stands out, not who just repeats last year's manifesto pledges...

Anonymous said...

Dreadful use of a tragic event for personal gain. And to announce the week of Elliott's birthday as well!

Isn't his campaign slogan the same one UKIP's Matt Richardson used a few years ago?? What a clown.

Anonymous said...

Disgraceful timing, politically unnecessary and clearly being done to try and benefit from our recent tragedy. But how is he even change? This is the same old wishy-washy platform of platitudes we’re all far too used to. Real change please.

Anonymous said...

The entire organisation needs flushing out! Yet again more narcissism and selfishness

Anonymous said...

"very premature and very self-loathing"????? How was it self-loathing?

Nice to see such criticism and attacks, from those so recently pushing the anti-bullying banner. When has Walker's name ever been mentioned on this site without the words potential National Chair following shortly afterwards? Surely no-one except potential opponents are surprised.

This is a welcome move away from the London centric arrogance that pervades CF.

Liam Walker said...

I love myself and the conservative party.

Anonymous said...

Pretty shocking that Walker is using the death of CF activist to further himself. Not sure it surprises me that a careerist like him would do such a thing.

Anonymous said...

Out of all the potentials, Walker is the one I like the most. Personally and politically. But his timing is bloody awful.

Joe said...

Disgusting timing. No candidacies should be announced until Spring 2016, at which point the internal investigation will have hopefully concluded.

Walker's announcement is crass, insensitive and suggests he does not have the correct character to provide a clean break for CF. Frankly, this announcement comes just too soon after the Elliott Johnson tragedy for my own liking and detracts from Walker's valid points.

Anonymous said...

I look forward to the election. Providing things aren't to London Centric, which things have been for too long. We need someone that'll stand up for the remote of places, not just London.

Anonymous said...

Campaigns start as soon as soon as there is an election date, this is fundamental political reality. Your statement is akin to saying that Boris Johnson ran for the 2012 mayoral election in the hoping of 'piggybacking' off the London riots the summer previously.

Lindsey Simcox said...

Liam has done a great job in Witney and I hope he's given the opportunity to bring the same enthusiasm and drive to the national CF position.

Picking apart his statement and character before any real campaigning has begun is a classic example of what needs to change in CF.

Anonymous said...

He's been convicted of theft, his moral compass is as lax as Mark Clarke & co. Funny how Liam has turned his back on RT after they wouldn't let him run on their slate...

Tom Simcox said...

Does one have to surrender ones identity when entering the moral high ground? Why has no-one been putting their name? It diminishes any sincerity.

I am pro Liam and proud of it.

Anonymous said...

Is former Special Constable Walker really the sort of person we want? Someone with a conviction for theft? Haven't we learnt our lesson from dodgy careerist Mark Clarke? I won't be supporting dodgy careerist Liam Walker!

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