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Why Owen Meredith is standing for NME

This is the first in this year's Why am I standing? series.

Owen_meredith_3 For the past five years I have been part of CF; having been a treasurer, chairman and area chairman. I’ve experiences successes and set backs, but overall as my time in those roles has come to an end I believe I have given everything I could to them and helped improve CF in those branches I have had the privilege of working with.

I am standing for the NME this year because I want to continue making a contributing to Conservative Future and I believe that I can carry my experience from those roles forward to the national exec. I want to use my track record of experience and achievement to focus on building a truly national network for CF, which engages its members and supports its branches.

I joined the Conservative Party in 2002 and have been actively involved since then. Growing up in Caerphilly in South Wales and then moving to North Staffordshire to study at Keele University, I have always lived in Labour constituencies and I’m fed of up loosing! Conservative Future is going to be the key at the next general election in making the difference between another 5 years of Labour’s failings, or the real change that the country needs with the Conservatives and David Cameron in Downing Street. Our campaigning needs to play a big role in what CF is, but we need to make it more efficient and effective by having national campaign days to give us the momentum, but localising them to make them effective.

Conservative Future means so many different things to different people. That’s why we’re successful. We must build on what we offer our members so that everyone feels welcome and at home, whatever their background and whatever they are looking for.

I believe that by working together we can be bigger, better, and stronger.

My manifesto focuses on developing CF as a national network; making CF a more interactive organisation that members can easily engage in, and where branches and area’s fine it easy to communicate with both their members and each other. One of my fellow candidates kindly summarised this for me by saying that what I want to create is a kind of “wireless network that no matter who you are, or where you are, it’s easy to plug in to and feel at home.”

Ultimately, I think that with some simple ideas and organisational changes CF can really makes its mark on the political landscape of Britain and be a great place to have fun.


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