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The February News Bulletin from Conservative Future

Welcome to the February Bulletin.  In the bulletin this month is a comprehensive run down of the Marginal Seats events as well as details of the next Campaign day in Ribble South – can we beat the 55 people we saw in Hammersmith?  As well as details of up coming events there is a reminder of the CF consultation that is now on going.  While the Bulletin is limited in its format due to the fact it needs to be able to be opened by all email systems but if you would like to be involved in formatting this and developing the newsletter please get in touch. The current consultation will also inform the future shape of the Bulletin – so watch this space.  Finally remember the CF bulletin reaches THOUSANDS of our members. What better way to advertise your events? Contact: [email protected]uture.com

In this edition:

* Spring Forum
* Marginal Seat Update
* Campaign Day – 3 March
* CF Consultation
* Calling Area Chairman
* Next Bulletin
* Events

SPRING FORUM 2007

The Spring forum takes place on 17 & 18 March 2007 at the Royal Centre in Nottingham.  In addition to the main programme there will be a number of CF events – to be confirmed in the next Bulletin. Please visit www.conservativespringforum.com for more details and to complete accreditation for a Spring Forum pass.
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MARGINAL SEATS UPDATE

At the recent CF Executive meeting we have decided to add two more marginal seats for National CF to help set up branches: Ribble South and Great Yarmouth. New Executive member, James Dinsdale will be working with me to help progress these branches for PPCs Lorraine Fulbrook and Brandon Lewis.

Wirral West (PPC Esther McVey): Friday 9 February @ 8pm at "Koi", Wirral and 21st March @ 8pm at the Conservative Club, 24 Mells Drive, Wirral

Finchley and Golders Green (PPC Mike Freer): Thursday 15th February @ 7.30pm at Autumn House, North Finchley High Road, very near 'Tally Ho'. The nearest tube stations are Woodhouse and West Finchley. Join us for a Beer and Pizza evening and a chance to informally meet the candidate in this target seat. After a couple of drinks we will head on to Pizza Express.

Worcester (PPC Robin Walker): Friday 16th February @ 8pm at Three Pears Pub, Worcester with special guest Jonathan Isaby. The topic for the evening is Politics and the Media. For more details e-mail Anne-Marie Bray at [email protected].

Harlow (PPC Rob Halfon): Saturday 17th February @ Yates' Wine Lodge, Harlow - Karen Allen will be hosting the second New Members Reception in Harlow, with PPC Rob Halfon. If you are free during the day Karen and a team of volunteers will be delivering and canvassing in the constituency. Don't worry if you have never been out before - help will be at hand.

Solihull (PPC Maggie Throup): Monday 12th March @ 8pm at The Townhouse, Warwick Road.
Loughborough (PPC Nicky Morgan): Tuesday 13th March @ 7.30pm at Griffin pub, Ashby Square. Join us at this lovely venue for drinks and nibbles with candidate Nicky Morgan. The last event was a relaxed and fun evening, and the venue is excellent.

Pendle (PPC Andy Stephenson): Thursday 15th March @ 8pm - The Sparrow Hawk Pub

Portsmouth (PPC Penny Mourdaunt): Wednesday 28th March @ 8pm, at the brilliantly named "The Honest Politician" pub, Elm Grove, Southsea

Thank you to all the Associations and PPCs for their support so far on this venture. They have been incredibly keen to make this work. Whilst many of our branches have had a slow start, we always expected that. The crunch will come after the second event.

Finally James Dinsdale and I are collating e-mails, flyers and letters that have been sent out to create a 'suggested' file, to help Associations, Area Chairman and CF branches in future recruitment drives. If you have a successful letter / recruitment campaign, please share it with us by e-mailing me at clair[email protected]e.com.

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CAMPAIGN DAY – 3 MARCH

The next big Campaign Day following the success of Hammersmith is Ribble South on 3rd March.  There will be mini busses going from London, Manchester, Sheffield and any other association who can promise 10 people.

For details please contact Matthew on [email protected]
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CF CONSULTATION

The CF consultation website is still open and large numbers of you are taking the advance of filling in the online questionnaire.  If you have not yet had chance go to www.cfconsultation.co.uk

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CALLING AREA CHAIRMEN

We are developing a contact database for all area chairmen to help everyone communicate better – please can all Area Chairman confirm their contact details to Christian via email @ [email protected]ture.com
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NEXT BULLETIN
The next Bulletin will be issued on Thursday 8 March 2007.  The deadline for this issue is 2 March January 2007.
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EVENTS  (http://www.conservativefuture.com/insidecf/events.cfm)
If you have an event please send them to Christian (contact details as above)
For further events near you please contact your Area Chairman.

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HAMPSHIRE CF DRINKS PARTY

Central Hampshire is a new CF grouping encompassing the CF members from Romsey, Winchester, Eastleigh and the Meon Valley. The three selected PPCs for the area will be there as will Hampshire Area Chairman Adam Hewson.
Date: Thursday 15 February from 7pm
Details/Contact: Romsey Association on 01794 512132.

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POLITICS & THE MEDIA

An evening of entertainment and discussion with Jonathon Isaby (Daily Telegraph) & Robin Walker (Parliamentary Spokesman for Worcester).
Location: Three Bears Pub, Worcester (J6 M5)
vDate: Friday 16 February 8pm
Contact: [email protected] or go to www.worcestercf.com

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NEW MEMBERS, NEW MPs

Location: Pitcher and Piano, Williams IV Street
Date: Wednesday 21st February, from 18.30
Contact: Karen Allen, [email protected]
Free entry, cash bar

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NORTH WEST CONFERENCE

Location: Reebok Stadium, De Havilland Way, Bolton

Date: Saturday 24 February
Tickets: CF students can attend for just £3 and other CF members for £5. The full rate being £10.

Contact: Jane McInnes, NWCCC.14b Wynford Sq, West Ashton St, Salford M50 2SN by 16 February 2007

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LORD STRATHCLYDE AT UCL

Reception at UCL with Lord Strathclyde, Leader of the Opposition in the House of Lords. One of the most experienced and senior Lords. He will be coming to speak about the House of Lords reform; among other things. Reception includes wine and canapes.
Location: University College London Conservative Future
Date : Tuesday 27 February @ 7:30pm
Tickets: Society members: FREE. Non-members: £5 (CF)
Contact: Richard Jackson at [email protected]

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DRINKS WITH CAROLINE SPELMAN MP

Birmingham University Conservative Future is holding a West Midlands Conservatives drinks evening.
Location: Red Peppers, in the prestigous Mailbox shopping centre in Birmingham
Date: 1 March at 7PM
Contact: Joseph Brewer at [email protected]
Tickets: £20 (£10 for CF members)
http://bucf.wordpress.com/future-events/ 

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BREAKFAST WITH JAMES ARBUTHNOT MP: “Trident Should be continue Investment?”

Working Life Policy Discussion
Location: No. 5 Cavendish Sq, LONDON, W1
Date: Wednesday 14th March at 7.30am to 8.45am
Contact: Karen Allen, [email protected]
Tickets: £23

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"HOW TO BE AN MP"

A guide for CF members who are interested in a career in politics including a discussion on standing for council and getting on the approved candidates list.  With Carys Parry, the Bristol and Gloucestershire Campaign Director and joined by Mark Harper MP who will be talking about their experiences.  Other guests to be confirmed.  An interesting alternative to those not able to make it to Nottingham for the Spring Forum.

Location: Bristol tbc

Date: Saturday 17 March 1pm - 5pm

Contact: Nick Webb at [email protected]

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STAFFORDSHIRE SUMMER BALL

One of the CF Social Events of the Year
Location: Keele Hall, Nr Newcastle-under-Lyme
Date 1 June
Tickets: £30 tbc
Contact: Owen 07816156925 or [email protected]

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