As Chairman of the National Convention and Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party Board, I was dismayed to see the reports over the weekend about the comments allegedly made by a senior member of the party about our activists. I was even more shocked when it emerged that Andrew Feldman was supposedly the author of the comments.
At the Conservative Party Board meeting yesterday, the Board was unanimous in its support of Andrew Feldman as Chairman of the Party. I have known and worked with Andrew since 2008, and I would like to personally put on record that he has been the Chairman who is the greatest champion of the voluntary party I have known.
Andrew has made it his mission to ensure the voluntary party is heard at every level of the party organisation – and that includes the leadership. Whenever we’ve had comments about a piece of government policy, he has made extremely effective representations to the team at Number 10. Obviously, we are a broad church and there are always going to be some disagreements, but I know that Andrew always puts our side across.