Friday, October 05, 2007
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
“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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, August 25, 2007
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
"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:
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 email@example.com to book your place. To find out more about bluelist, please go to the website www.bluelist.org.
Thursday, August 02, 2007
"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
Monday, July 02, 2007
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Friday, June 29, 2007
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 (email@example.com).
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Monday, June 18, 2007
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and I will ensure you are sent the confirmation as and when.
Monday, June 04, 2007
Tuesday, May 29, 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!
Monday, May 28, 2007
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Railway Hotel, Hornchurch
Speaker: Bob Neill MP (former Havering Councillor)
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
If you want to get more involved please contact email@example.com as there are many opportunities to do some leafleting and canvassing locally as we are very busy at the moment.
Monday, May 14, 2007
Wednesday, May 09, 2007
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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!
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 email@example.com, or contact him directly via his website.
Tuesday, May 08, 2007
Sunday, May 06, 2007
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
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 email@example.com and I will forward on full details of time and place.
Monday, April 30, 2007
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
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
Monday, April 23, 2007
Sunday, April 22, 2007
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 firstname.lastname@example.org in order to avoid disappointment.
Saturday, April 21, 2007
More to follow later!
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 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
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."
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."
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."
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)
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
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 email@example.com, 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.
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?
Friday, April 13, 2007
One week to go now! Places are going fast so please contact Sarah Mackintosh on firstname.lastname@example.org in order to attend this event.
As previously posted, the campaign sites for the candidates are:
Winston McKenzie - www.myspace.com/winstonmckenzieuk
Warwick Lightfoot - http://www.lightfootforlondon.com/
Lurline Champagnie - www.lurlineforlondon.com
Nick Boles - www.nickboles.com
Richard Barnes AM - www.richardbarnes.info
Cllr Simon Fawthrop - www.fawthropformayor.co.uk
Lee Rotherham - http://www.newstartforlondon.com
Victoria Borwick - www.mayor-for-london.co.uk
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
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 email@example.com.
Monday, April 09, 2007
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?
Friday, April 06, 2007
Wednesday, April 04, 2007
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Monday, April 02, 2007
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?
Sunday, April 01, 2007
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!)
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
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
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.
Sunday, March 25, 2007
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 email@example.com
Saturday, March 24, 2007
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
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.
Sunday, March 18, 2007
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, March 17, 2007
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
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 email@example.com.
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 (http://www.stoprainhamjail.com/). 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 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, March 05, 2007
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.