Friday, October 05, 2007

Conference 2007 - Blackpool

A fantastic time was had by all of us that attended. I have managed to post a copy here of the film which was shown to us during conference. Make sure you watch it!

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Peoples Question Time - 25 October 2007

A message from Cllr Roger Evans, AM:

“Hot on the heels of Andrew, Boris , Victoria and Warwick, Mayor of London Ken Livingstone will be visiting Redbridge to answer questions along with those Assembly Members who can find their way from Tower Bridge .

The event details are below, including how to apply for a free ticket. Once again I will be chairing the event (wonder if there's a career in this).

The event will focus on policing and safety, transport, environment and the 2012 Olympics, so if you have questions here is the opportunity to get the answers from the horse’s mouth.”

Saturday, September 08, 2007

Oh what a night!

Havering Conservative Futures 8th Presidents Dinner was a resounding success last night. The Coach House Hotel once again proved to be the place to be.

The evening started off with a few drinks in the garden and the bar, followed by a 3 course meal, a raffle (half of the money raised went to Help the Aged, the Mayor of Havering's chosen charity), a small speech by myself, a speech by James Brokenshire MP and finally more drinks and a disco with some good, and some bad dancing.

Quote of the evening (if there are any more, I am sure the Committee will pop them up here...)
"Isn't GK clumsy?" - by the London North East Chairman who had just managed to fall off the ramp into the Garden and twist his ankle!

Personally, I'd like to thank all of the HCF Committee who helped to organise the event and to everyone who attended for making it such a memorable evening! I hope no one is suffering nightmares from some of the bad dancing witnessed on the dance floor!

Saturday, September 01, 2007

London Mayoral Hustings

Hi All,

Details of the London Consevative Mayoral Hustings as follows:

Tue 11/09, 19:30 hrs - Lambourne Room, Ilford Town Hall, High Road, Ilford.

This is bound to be popular so please book a place if you wish to attend.

To book, contact Emma Gold – 020 7984 8152 or e-mail to

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Squirrels Heath By-election - Cllr Lynden Thorpe

Lynden Anne Thorpe, the Conservative Party Candidate at this by-election, was elected.

Our Congratulations go to Lynden!

Lynden now makes up the three Councillors of this Ward with Cllr Eric Alec Munday and Council Leader Michael John White.

Following the passing of Cllr Eddie Cahill a By-election for Squirrels Heath ward was held on Thursday 23 August 2007.

Persons who stood nominated for election as a Councillor for the Squirrels Heath Ward were:

CAMPBELL Gregory Heugh National Liberal Party, the Third Way, 170 votes
MCINERNEY Peter John The Labour Party Candidate, 210 votes
MURRAY Terry Patrick UK Independence Party, 134 votes
STEVENS Denis Henry Havering Residents Association, 310 votes
THORPE Lynden Anne The Conservative Party Candidate, 1828 votes

Turnout for this By-election: 26.5 per cent

This is a fantastic result!

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Bluelist political online system launch - 12th September 2007

I received an email in relation to the following:

Bluelist political online system launch - 12th September 2007

"We are pleased to announce that we will be launching the Bluelist political online system on the 12th September 2007. This web based system has taken a year to develop and we are confident that we will be delivering something of real value to our Bluelisters and candidates. We will be marking the event with a reception at the National Liberal Club. We hope that many of you are able to join us to mark the occasion. Below are the details of the event:

Date: Wednesday 12th September, 2007, 6:30pm to 8pm

Venue: The National Liberal Club - The David Lloyd George room

Dress code: The rules of the club state that Gentlemen are expected to wear a jacket and tie, for ladies smart town wear is appropriate

The address for the venue is:
Whitehall Place

We also intend to use the event to help raise funds to support campaigning in two key parliamentary seats - Loughborough (where the PPC is Nicky Morgan) and Dagenham & Rainham (whose PPC is Simon Jones). Both Nicky and Simon have been early and active supporters of Bluelist. We will be selling raffle tickets at the event at £10 a ticket to help raise funds for their campaigns.

Exciting announcement about Bluelist

We have been considering for a while the best way to link our political, charities and corporate communities. During our development and workshops on the political system we have debated with members the best way to communicate what we want to achieve. As you know the heart of what we want to achieve is to develop a system that enables you to get more out of your career and organisations that you are involved with so that you can give more back to your communities and the world around you. We want to develop a place that enables you to advance your career and contribute to society through political and charitable causes in one space. We intend to make an announcement on our brand at the launch event."

If you wish to attend this event, please email to book your place. To find out more about bluelist, please go to the website

Thursday, August 02, 2007


Angela Watkinson MP has been kind enough to put together an entry for our blogspot in relation to Upminster....

"One of the things I like about Upminster is that it doesn’t change much – we like it the way it is. Certainly there have been changes since I first moved to Upminster town in 1965 – it still retained its village feel, with lots of individual shops who would accept a cheque without identification, because the shopkeepers knew most of their customers. We had a little cinema, where Somerfield is now, and primary aged children could walk to school unescorted. (Can you hear the Hovis tune?)

Change over the last 6 years is harder to define. People eat out much more these days, so the balance between restaurants and retail shops has changed. Our much loved land mark, Upminster windmill, has suffered storm damage but happily, repairs are already in hand. When restoration is complete, there will also be a visitors’ centre for schools. Local residents complain increasingly about anti social behaviour and PCSOs now assist the police in gathering information. We are all worried about further hospital closures but Upminster constituency continues to be a desirable place to live, with good schools and transport links to London which maintain the high house prices. Unlike most London constituencies, we are 50% Green Belt including some farms. Havering used to be called the Town and Country Borough and I think that describes it very well.

Upminster constituency used to be a series of villages which have gradually joined together over the years. My vision for the future is to upgrade the parts that need it whilst retaining their individual local character. Our churches, voluntary organisations and sports clubs are all well supported – it is simply a great place to live."

I hope to be able to post a few more items from other MP's and PPC's in the area in the near future.

Sunday, July 08, 2007

Pamper afternoon

All relaxed and sleepy! Would recommend it to anyone who needs to take time out and relax.....

Monday, July 02, 2007

8th President's Dinner

Dear All,
I am pleased to invite you to the 8th Havering Conservative Future President's Dinner.

The details are as follows:

Date: Friday 7 September
Venue: The Coach House Hotel, 33 Main Road, Romford, RM1 3DL
Time: 7:00pm for 8pm meal
Disco: till 1am

Due to the numbers that attend this event, we require you to pre-order your meal and the menu is detailed below:

Homemade Minestrone Soup
Fanned Honeydew Melon with Ginger Syrup

Chicken Supreme a la Crème
Grilled Fillet of Salmon with Hollandaise
Sautéed or New Potatoes
Selection of Seasoned Vegetables

Chef's Selection of Desserts

Coffee and Mints

NB: Fully licensed bar

This is a perfect opportunity for people to network and catch up. It seems the CF NME elections are being delayed, but this means for those of you who have already decided to stand for a position, you can start networking and get your campaign off the ground!

If you require any further details, or wish to attend, please contact me at for further information.

Friday, June 29, 2007

London North East AGM

This week I attended the London North East Area AGM. There were no uncontested nominations for the posts. Cllr Peter Golds was duly elected as Chairman for the forthcoming year. The other members of the LNE Executive are Matt Davis, Graham Postles, John Moss and Gareth Thompson.

We were briefed on the forthcoming Conservative Candidate for Mayor selections and the timetable that this will run to. This has already been published on Conservativehome, so I will not list it out in full.

We were also briefed on the forthcoming GLA elections due in 2008. Our Assembly Member, Cllr Roger Evans AM is restanding as our candidate for Havering and Redbridge and we look forward to being involved in the campaign over the next year.

There is also a DVD which has been produced by central office which provides lots of information regarding campaigning and interesting topics. Havering CF will soon be in possession of a copy and if you are interested in viewing it, please contact me (

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Monday Poll - Question 21

Do you think Gordon Brown will call an election within a year?
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Monday, June 18, 2007

Monday Poll - Question 20

Is Salman Rushdie's title a 'provocative act' towards the Islamic world?
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Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Girls only!

I am in the process of organising a girls afternoon out. I have found a spa on a bit of a budget.

It is £12.50 to get in for three hours, so £25 from lunchtime onwards until close, and then pay for massages etc as required. Prices are from approx £6 for a Body Scrub and £20 for a half hour massage.

Take a look around the website......

A few of us are looking at going on Sunday 8 July if you wish to join us, but of course, the rules at the spa for this day are for girls only.

Times and meeting points will be confirmed nearer the time.

If you wish to attend, please let me know at and I will ensure you are sent the confirmation as and when.

Monday, June 04, 2007

Monday Poll - Question 19

Do you like the new London 2012 logo?
Don't Care
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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

What did the Mayor of Havering do all year?

Cllr Wendy Brice-Thompson provided a very interesting talk on Saturday night about her year as the Mayor of Havering 2006/2007.

The event was well attended with over 20 people there to find out more and ask questions.

We were taken through an interesting collection of photographs that she took during her term and found out more in relation to Habbit Shed, her charity for the year.

The scrap book that she has been presented with for the first half of her term is almost 30cms thick! The scrap book for the second half of her term is being finalised now and sounds as if it is going to be just as big!

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Save the date - Dagenham & Rainham Dinner

Thursday 27 September, 7.30 for 8 pm
Railway Hotel, Hornchurch
Speaker: Bob Neill MP (former Havering Councillor)
Price: TBA

The event is being run to support James Brokenshire's local campaigning in Hornchurch and Roger Evans' re-election as the GLA Member for Havering and Redbridge.

Details of how to apply and ticket cost will follow imminently.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Monday Poll - Question 17

Are you looking forward to the new series of Big Brother?
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More campaigning in Dagenham and Rainham

On Saturday help was provided to Simon Jones in the new Dagenham and Rainham Constituency. Canvassing and leaflets were delivered with about 15 people turning up to help out!

If you want to get more involved please contact as there are many opportunities to do some leafleting and canvassing locally as we are very busy at the moment.

Monday, May 14, 2007

Monday Poll - Question 16

What is the Worst part of Tony Blair's Legacy?
The Millennium Dome
The Introduction of Spin Doctors
The Iraq War
The 'Cash for Honours' Investigation
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Wednesday, May 09, 2007

What did the Mayor of Havering do all year??

Cllr Wendy Brice-Thompson, the current Mayor of Havering for 2006/2007 has kindly agreed to do a talk on her year in office. This is a brilliant opportunity to find out more about what the Mayor does, what type of events they get invited to, and find out what goes on behind the scenes!

You will be able to ask questions about any of the events she attended, her favourites, and of course, those she may wish to forget!

The event is being run by Romford Town Conservatives and is on 26 May, 7:30pm at 85 Western Road. To book youself a place please contact It costs £5 and you get either Fish & Chips or Chicken & Chips and a dessert. The bar will be open on the night too - but you must reserve a place so that we can ensure the food is there!

Simon Jones - new website

Simon has got his website up and running now. Go take a look at We will add this on to the links on the right hand side shortly. This is a phase 1 version, so keep going in to see how it progresses and how Simon is getting on in the area.

If you wish to get more involved, Simon is looking for individuals to become a part of his campaign team. If you have a flair for designing leaflets, or if you want to get involved in helping to fundraise for his campaign, or just want to get involved in some shape or form please contact either me, or contact him directly via his website.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Monday (Tuesday) Poll - Question 15

Is Britain's special relationship with America still important?
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Sunday, May 06, 2007

Carribean Night

The Hornchurch & Upminster Conservatives held their Carribean theme night at Western Road last night. Over 40 people enjoyed a variety of different dishes including curried goat, jerk chicken, saltfish and pan-fried plantain. This fantastic assortment of food was washed down with a few glasses of highly-alcholic Jamaican Rum Punch.

Our next social event is a trip to the Hoop Beer Festival in Stock on Saturday 2nd June 2007. If you would like to attend contact GK Adams at Please let us know as soon as possible so that we can arranged transport to and from the festival for everyone.

Saturday, May 05, 2007

Campaigning in Chadwell Heath

Today some of us met up with a group in Chadwell Heath to help start the deliveries for Simon Jones. There were about 14 of us in total, Cllrs David Grantham and Roger Evans AM were out and some people travelled in from across London.

Simon is already planning another leaflet and canvassing in a different Ward under the new Constituency, this time in one of the wards that falls into Havering. If you wish to help out on Saturday 19 May either leafleting or canvessing (you can choose), please let me know by emailing me at and I will forward on full details of time and place.

Monday, April 30, 2007

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Conservative Future Working Life Conference

There is a working life conference coming up in Birmingham on the 21-22 July.

The details can all be found here:

If you register before 1 June the cost for the weekend is £115, or for a day pass £40. If you register after the 1 June the cost for the weekend rises to £135, or for the day pass £50.

Go take a look at the website as it has a list of the speakers who will be participating!

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

St George's Day Drinks

As yesterday was St George's Day, Havering Conservative Future went to the Moon and Stars Pub in Romford for a few pints of quintessentially English real ale in order to mark this event.
Our next event is the Caribbean Night on Saturday 5th May. Space is very limited so please contact GK Adams if you wish to attend at in order to avoid disappointment.

Monday, April 23, 2007

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Avenue Q

The Avenue Q event was last night and after enjoying lots of excellent tapas in a nearby restaurant and a few pre-show drinks in the Chandos pub we went to the Noel Coward theatre to watch the show. However, rather than describe this fantastically funny show to those of you who missed out, we found this clip on YouTube for you to see for yourselves.

Our next event is the Caribbean Night on Saturday 5th May. Space is very limited so please contact GK Adams if you wish to attend at in order to avoid disappointment.

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Mayoral Q&A - The Conclusion

Last night the much anticipated question and answer session with the potential Conservative candidates for London Mayor took place. The evening saw a wide range of candidates, all with different experiences and ideas to offer the role.

More to follow later!

Dagenham and Rainham Selection

Last night the Dagenham and Rainham Open Primary took place.

Congratulations goes to Simon Jones who was voted in as the new Conservative Candidate to stand against Jon Cruddas at the next election that gets called.

Havering Conservative Future look forward to working with Simon and hope that the other three candidates find seats.

I was lucky enough to help with the CV sift and interviews to put the four candidates through to the Open Primary. All four were very strong candidates that once selected, will give current non-conservative MP's a run for their seats.

Friday, April 20, 2007

The big night!

Two major events happening on the same night in the same area!

The Dagenham & Rainham Open Primary selection takes place this evening details are below for those who live in the Dagenham & Rainham Constituency.

This evening we have our Hustings for Nominees who wish to become the Conservative candidate for Mayor of London, the post code that you need for people with navigation tools: RM2 5EL.

Finally, good luck to all four candidates at the Open Primary!

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Dagenham & Rainham Candidates


Simon Jones:
Political achievements - Campaign Team Adviser, James Brokenshire MP election gain (2003-2005), Candidate, Pontefract & Castleford (2005), GLA candidate & Party officer for over 10 years (1996 - date), Councillor & Portfolio holder (Cabinet) Finance & E-Government (May 2002 - 2004), Winning the Youth Vote Campaign (2006)
Other interests - football, sailing, Sports project (conducted research into "Giving Britain a Sporting Chance", photography

"At the last election I balanced being a candidate with being a key part of James’ campaign team in Hornchurch. This time I will roll up my sleeves and work to earn your and the publics vote here in Dagenham and Rainham. This area needs the opportunity that only we Conservatives can deliver."

Paul Bristow:
Political achievements - Councillor Fulham Reach Ward (May 2006 - date), Advisor to Richard Spring MP, Member of the Election Campaign Teams in 2001, 2002, 2005 & 2006 electoral campaigns, Conservative Future National Chairman (2003-2005)
Other interests - Sports fan, cricket, football, eating out and socialising, films and cinema and travelling.

"I am a firm believer in pavement politics serving as a councillor in a ward which is 30% social housing. I believe in lower taxes, safer streets and value-for-money services. My priorities include 24/7 policing, putting local people first when it comes to regeneration and development, and running a high profile localised campaign."

Jane Archer:
Political achievements - Elected Deputy Chairman Political of Poplar & Limehouse (December 2006 - date), stood as a Councillor candidate (May 2006), stood as a Parlimentary Candidate for Walthamstow (May 2005), Mayoral Elections Campaign (November 2002 - November 2003).
Other interests - travel and theatre.

"A former parliamentary candidate and married to Tim, I have lived in East London for the past 8 years. Living in East London, I understand its unique character
and issues and am passionate about its regeneration. That is why fighting the Rainham prison proposal will be at the heart of my campaign as well as ensuring that the Thames Gateway development is supported by the required infrastructure. I have strong, traditional Conservative views on the key issues of policing, immigration and public services and will fight to ensure our policies are heard and supported above those of other single issue and far right parties."

Claire Palmer:
Political achievements - National Deputy Chairman Conservative Future, candidate in Local Council Elections in Upminster, Hornchurch General Election Campaign Team.
Other interests - friends, family, rugby union, skiing, theatre.

"Upminster born, 25, qualified barrister (crime, employment, housing)
Why Me?
I share your concerns, and understand local issues
Hard worker, loyal and committed
Experienced local campaigner with James Brokenshire and your Elm Park councillors
It's time D&R had a fair deal, and I will continue to fight for opportunity and quality of life for all local residents."

Monday, April 16, 2007

Dagenham & Rainham Open Primary

The Dagenham & Rainham Open Primary is on 20 April.

Interviews were conducted yesterday at the Dagenham & Rainham Club and the four candidates short listed to contest this Open Primary are Simon Jones, Jane Archer, Claire Palmer and Paul Bristow.

If you are aged 18 or over, and live within the Constituency, ie you're on the electoral roll for one of these wards:
Chadwell Heath, Eastbrook, Heath, River, Whalebone, Village, Elm Park, Rainham & Wennington or South Hornchurch you can register to take part.

To register you can email, or call 07902 225550, the deadline for registration is 19 April.

It is being held at Dagenham Parish Church Hall, Church Lane, Dagenham, RM10 9UL, doors open at 7pm for 7:30pm start.

Monday Poll - Question 12

Britain should consider making the legal drinking age 21 as it has "lost the plot" when it comes to regulating alcohol, policy pundits claim. The UK has one of the worst problems in Europe with a fifth of children aged 11 to 15 drinking at least once a week. Public Policy Research (PPR), the journal of the IPPR think-tank, says it is time to practise "tough love", such as reviewing the minimum drinking age. However, other commentators are that this proposal is unenforceable and that we should simply apply the current rule more effectively. What do you think?

Should the minimum drinking age be raised to 21?
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Friday, April 13, 2007

London Mayoral Candidates Q & A Session - One Week Reminder!

One week to go now! Places are going fast so please contact Sarah Mackintosh on in order to attend this event.

As previously posted, the campaign sites for the candidates are:
Winston McKenzie -
Warwick Lightfoot -
Lurline Champagnie -
Nick Boles -
Richard Barnes AM -
Cllr Simon Fawthrop -
Lee Rotherham -
Victoria Borwick -

and Andrew Boff will also be attending to speak and be grilled.

It has been decided that each candidate will speak in turn, for 5 mins and then it is over to you to question them for 10 mins, so start writing down those questions!

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Leafleting in St Andrews Finished

Tonight saw us finish the campaigning in the St Andrews ward, delivering the Council Tax leaflet that we have been doing for the past two weeks. It has been a fantastic effort to finish the entire ward in such a short amount of time.

The next campaigning event is the 'Stop Rainham Jail' march on Saturday 14th April. James Brokenshire MP will be there with a number of councillor from Havering. In order to support please contact Cllr GK Adams on

Monday, April 09, 2007

Monday Poll - Question 11

Having been released by the Iranian regime last week, the 15 British service personnel have sold their stories to newspapers and television. Should they be made to remain silent about what happened or is it the public interest for them reveal what happen to them?

Should the Royal Navy crew held by Iran be allowed to sell their stories to the media?
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Friday, April 06, 2007

London Drinks @ The Cittie of Yorke

Last night saw a classic Havering Conservative Future drink-up at the Cittie of Yorke pub of High Holborn, London. It was particularly pleasing to see members from other branches across London, such as Islington, Enfield North and Poplar & Limehouse.
Our next event is the Question & Answer session with the Conservative candidates for the Mayor of London at St Michael's Church Hall, Main Road, Romford on Friday 20th April. This is proving to be a very popular event so please let Sarah Mackintosh know that you are attending at in order to avoid disappointment.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

More Leafleting in St Andrews

Tonight saw more campaigning in the St Andrews ward, delivering the Council Tax leaflet from last week. This time we concentrated on the part of the ward close to Elm Park. Despite only lasting for about an hour and a quarter we managed to deliver more than expected and should be able to finish our last task over the weekend. We will be announcing the time and date of the next campaign day shortly, so please keep checking this blog.

The evening was rounded off in the traditional way, with a few drinks in the Chequers pub in Hornchurch.

Update: The next campaign event will be held on Wednesday 11th April. Contact Gary Murphy on for more information.

Monday, April 02, 2007

Monday Poll - Question 10

This week it emerged that Conservative Campaign Headquarters (CCHQ) had set up a 'Stop David Miliband' unit in order to deal with the potential threat posed by him running for the leadership of the Labour Party. So is CCHQ right to worry about this man? Is it the more youthful and charasmatic Enviroment Secretary or the more experienced and tough Chancellor who the conservatives should be worried about?

Does Gordon Brown or David Miliband pose the bigger threat to David Cameron's Conservatives?
Gordon Brown
David Miliband
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Sunday, April 01, 2007

Another Free Bowlarama!

Last night, HCF went for some free Bowling at Number Ten in the Brewery. As there were some 'difficulties' last time which resulted in a one game, 4.5 hour spectacular, this round was on them. However, we were asked to move lanes mid-game and as a result scored another voucher for 10 free games with minimal inconvenience - result!

The evening was great success, after Bowling we headed on down to the Moon and Stars and then into 131 for some 'quality' disco dancing. This morning the Committee met to discuss upcoming Social Events and we'll be publishing the list soon (including the next free Bowlarama!)
Our next social event is Drinks at the Cittie of Yorke pub, London (next to Chancery Lane tube station) on Thursday, 5th March from 7.00pm. To attend this event or to start receiving our regular social event emails contact us at

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Leafleting in St Andrews

Tonight saw some a quickly arranged campaign night in the St Andrews ward. The leaflet concerned the Havering Conservative administration's excellent record on delivering steady council tax increases, whilst improving services. This leaflet was the first to go out under the new Hornchurch & Upminster Conservatives banner.

The evening was rounded off in the usual way, with a few drinks in the Chequers pub in Hornchurch and watching the England match.

Monday, March 26, 2007

Monday Poll - Question 9

It is the 2ooth anniversary of the abolition of the Slave Trade by the British Parliament. Tony Blair has expressed Britain's "deep sorrow and regret" for its role in the slave trade. However, some campaigners say that this falls short of the formal apology that is necessary for the rifts to be healed. On the other hand, some say that it isn't for the current government to apologise for events that took place so long ago, when different moral standards prevailed.

Should the British Government officially apologise for the Slave Trade?
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Sunday, March 25, 2007

Romford Town Quiz Night

The Romford Town ward held a quiz night yesterday and Havering CF entered a team. Although we didn’t win, despite our very Gareth Thompson acting as chief scorer, we did well to achieve a respectable third place. This was particular well earned in light of the particularly tricky questions (set by local councillors Wendy and Fred Thompson), which contained rounds on subjects as diverse as ‘Sixties Music’ and ‘Herbs’.

Havering CF Chairman Sarah Mackintosh acted as quizmaster for the evening and her numerous mispronunciations of the questions provided lots of material for heckles and banter directed towards her from the HCF table.

Our next social event is a Bowlarama on Saturday 31st March from 7.00pm at the Number Ten Bowling Alley in the Brewery, Romford. To attend this event or to start receiving our regular social event emails contact us at

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Angela Watkinson MP selected for Hornchurch & Upminster

This morning saw the selection of the Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for the new Hornchurch and Upminster constituency. The seat was contested by Angela Watkinson MP (Upminster) and James Brokenshire MP (Hornchurch), both excellent Members of Parliament who contribute a great deal to their local communities and the Conservative Party in Parliament.

There was a vote of over 100 members at the selection meeting which saw each candidate speak for 10 minutes and then answer questions for a further 15 minutes. I am delighted to be able to announce that Angela won the vote and has been duly named as the PPC for the Hornchurch and Upminster Constituency.

The contest was robust and dignified and I would like to extend my personal congratualtions to Angela and my best wishes to James who I have no doubt will find another seat in the very near future.

Monday, March 19, 2007

Monday Poll - Question 8

A question from the world of sport for you this week. In light of the revelations in yesterday's Sunday papers about the allegded drunken activities of members of the England Cricket Squad in the Caribbean, what do you think should happen to Andrew Flintoff.

Do you feel that he has disgraced himself and his country or do you feel that he should simply be judged by what he does on the field of play.

Should Andrew Flintoff be sent home from the Cricket World Cup
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Sunday, March 18, 2007

Spring Conference - Nottingham Part II

Today's highlight was obviously David Cameron's speech which concentrated on the future of the NHS. He staked the Tory's claim to be the party of the NHS, pledging to end the targets he says are destroying the service. He said government targets had turned the NHS into a "vast inhuman machine" and that only the Tories could restore staff morale and improve patient care. This view was supported by a number of speeches from doctors and nurses about how bureaucracy and reorganisation have hamstrung the NHS.


However, having celebrated St Patrick's Day in style last night (where David 'WMD' Grantham lived up to his considerable reputation), it was necessary for us to catch up on some sleep this afternoon. But we are looking forward to this evening's night out, when GK and Gareth (Both Nottigham University Graduates) are taking us to some of their old haunts for a few end of conference drinks and a well deserved curry.


GK's Quote of the Day: David Grantham on the Blackpool conference later this year - "My old Headmaster lives nearby and I'm sure he'll love to see me again".


Havering CF will be attending this year's annual conference in Blackpool (29th September to 3rd October). We will be looking at accommodation shortly, so if you are interested in attending then please email GK Adams on

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Spring Conference - Nottingham Part I

Having had to two superb visits to the annual conference in Blackpool and Bournemouth, expectations were high for Havering CF's first visit to the Spring Conference in Nottingham. And we were not disappointed, with excellent speeches from shadow cabinet titans, George Osborne and William Hague. There was also video clips of David Cameron on the doctors march and David Davis in New York looking at the zero tolerance crime initiative - "Broken Windows".

The day ended with a very good session concerning local campaigning and social action ideas from other areas of the country lead by Eric Pickles MP. Havering CF will be bringing back these suggestions and will try to implement those that are applicable to our area.

GK's Quote of the Day: GT to SM whilst parking the car - "Is it in yet?" (you probably had to be there - So make sure you are in Blackpool later this year!)

Friday, March 16, 2007

Busy month

We may not have updated the blog too much this month, but in the background we have been very busy.

We have some campaigning days coming up both in Havering and just over the border in the new Rainham & Dagenham Consitituency over the next month. If you are able to help out on any Saturday mornings, please contact us and let us know your availability and we will let you know where we are on that Saturday.

A group of us are off tonight to Nottingham for the Spring Conference. We will update you with regards to the events of the weekend when we return early next week.

There is a quiz night next Saturday (24th) being hosted by Romford Town Ward. It seems spaces are very limited now, so please contact me if you wish to attend at

The boundary changes in Havering that prompted the Hornchurch Constituency to disappear and be merged into three others means that Rainham and Dagenham needs to find itself a new conservative candidate. After a meeting I attended last night, it seems the timetable for this has now been set and further details will be provided as soon as I have confirmation of them.

With regards to the other two Consitituencies that we cover, Andrew Rosindell MP has already been reselected by the Romford Conservative Association in preparation for the next General Election and the new Hornchurch & Upminster Constituency has it's selection meeting on 24 March.

Finally, for those of you in Rainham and Dagenham, please check out James Brokenshire MP's campaign re: Stop Rainham Jail ( There was a public meeting on Friday 9 March which "was extremely positive and helped to demonstrate the strength of local opposition to any prison plan for Rainham." According to the website, the next event is an awareness and petition signing session outside of the Tesco Extra in Rainham on Saturday 17 March commencing at 10am. If you live in this area, and haven't yet signed the petition, please go and sign up either at Tesco's or online!

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Roger Evans Reselected

Last night Councillor Roger Evans AM was reselected as the Conservative Candidate for the London Assembly seat of Havering and Rebridge. Roger made a success appeal to a meeting of representatives from each of the Conservative Associations in the seat held and the offices of the Ilford North Conservatives in Gants Hill.

Roger was first elected to the London Assembly in 2000 and has done excellent job in holding Mayor Livingstone to account, especially on issues concerning transport and the enviroment. In his role as one of our vice presidents, Roger has been a strong supporter of Havering Conservative Future (he has agreed to chair our mayoral candidates hustings on 20th April). We wish him good luck and look forward to supporting him on the campaign trail.

Monday, March 12, 2007

Monday Poll - Question 7

We learnt that the settled view of the House of Commons on Lords reform is, not to put too fine a point on it, unsettled. MPs voted for an 80 per cent elected Upper House, 20 per cent appointed. A few minutes later, they voted for a 100 per cent elected House, nil appointed. It's not the debacle of the last vote, in 2003, when all the options for a hybrid chamber were defeated. But it hardly sets a clear direction either.
For this reason we are asking for your opinion of what should happen to the House of Lords. Do you think that we should continue with a fully appointed second house which allows for people of great experience (such as nobel prize winners), who would not otherwise consider running for public office, to contribute to the political life of the nation.
However you may believe that the only way for the upper chamber to gain legitimacy is through the ballot box and therefore favour a fully elected house. But you could feel that we already have enough elected politicians and not wish to create just another clone of the House of Commons.
Or do you feel that there is a compromise between these two positions and favour a hybrid system with some elected and some appointed members, therefore having democratic legitimacy as well as accomadating non-political experts. However you may fear that this could lead to a two different classes of Peer within the chamber. Have your say here:

How do you think the House of Lords should be composed?
All Appointed
Part Appointed/Part Elected
All Elected
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Monday, March 05, 2007

Monday Poll - Question 6

No technical hitches this week!

More and more children in the UK are becoming obese - it's been described as a modern epidemic. About 20 per cent of children are now overweight and 2.5 per cent are severely overweight or obese. Research suggests that the main problem is a continual reduction in the amount of exercise children take. Many overweight children have overweight parents - it's often a matter of family lifestyles.

Should obese children be taken into care?
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Saturday, March 03, 2007

Boris Johnson Dinner

Last night Angela Watkinson's Parliamentary Dining Club hosted a dinner at the Palms hotel, Harold Wood. The room was packed to the rafters with over 150 people in attendance (of which a large number were CF members). The great interest was no doubt inspired by the guest speaker, Boris Johnson MP.
An excellent meal was followed by Mr Johnson's after dinner speech and to his credit he managed to compete with the sounds from the disco in the adjacent room. As people have come to expect, he was highly entertaining speaker, even if the oratory was not as well-polished as some other politicians. The main thread of his speech was the need for less government interference in day to day lives of ordinary people.
However, the other highlight of the evening (from a HCF point of view) was when GK delivered grace before the meal and to the amused of the guests showed Mr Johnson that he was not the only conservative who gets muddled up when public speaking!