The Blue Blog

June 18, 2009


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I am now writing for the Conservative party’s Blue Blog in my capacity as the CF Area Chairman. I will be posting regular updates every fortnight on what CF is doing here in Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, and Rutland, as well as commenting on issues that are affecting our area. Here is my first post:

Well it’s certainly been a busy time in Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, and Rutland, with the recent County Council and EU elections earlier this month. As the Conservative Future (CF) Area Chairman I have been actively engaged in the campaigns across the counties, helping our candidates, and meeting the different CF groups. Because of this I  though it would be a good idea to use my first post on the blog to give you a brief insight into the work CF has been doing across the counties.

During the elections CF delivered thousands of leaflets and knocked on countless doors across the counties, and as a result we helped to achieve some great results. I must start by saying that I was extremely impressed by the commitment and dedication of all our members, and I would like to thank everyone who helped out during these crucial elections. Even if you only helped out for a couple of hours it was all very much appreciated.

I think it’s fair to say that the campaign was tiring but extremely rewarding, as we achieved a net gain of 16 County Councillors, strengthening further, our position on the councils. As for the EU elections we managed to increase our share of the vote by 3.8% in the East Midlands, which was by far the largest increase of the Conservative vote in any UK region.

If these elections have demonstrated anything they have shown that CF has become an extremely effective campaigning force. There is nothing that disheartens our opponents more than seeing car loads of CF members arrive at a target seat and blanket it with leaflets. One thing is for certain, we are ready for a general election, whenever it comes, so come on Gordon Brown, call that election.

James Deighton

 Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland CF Area Chairman