It was great to read a blog post by Harry Phibbs about the local government campaign in Northern Ireland. Prompted by his article, I’d like to update you on what’s happening among Conservatives here.
As Harry notes, the Conservative party recently opened a campaign HQ in Bangor, Co Down and I‘m the new, full-time manager for that office. My challenge is to generate interest in the party and help nourish mainstream UK politics in Northern Ireland. It’s a task which we believe is best achieved from the grassroots up.
With this in mind the Conservative party is running eight council candidates, from across Northern Ireland, in the local elections . In North Down, where Conservatism has a strong base, we’re contesting all four electoral areas.
Conservative candidates will also battle for seats in the Ards, Castlereagh, Belfast City and Lisburn City councils. They’re an enthusiastic and knowledgeable team, with a good grasp of the issues on the ground and, most importantly, they share the conviction that local Conservatives are best placed to provide local solutions to local problems.