Tuesday, 27 May 2008

A chance to meet and congratulate our newly elected GLA member, Cllr Steve O'Connell

Steve O'Connell joined Croydon Council in 2002 as a Councillor for Kenley, Croydon, where he lives. He rose quickly through the party ranks holding various opposition Group positions, and particularly found his spell on the Planning Committee useful as one of Steve’s priorities is the protection of our area, particularly back gardens against over development. Steve particularly treasures the Green Belt and in his own words ‘’Will die in a ditch to protect it’’.

In May 2006, Steve became Joint Deputy Group Leader, and on victory, became Joint Deputy Leader of the Council, later becoming Cabinet Member for Safety and Cohesion.

Following his selection as the GLA Candiate for Croydon & Sutton last year, he won this seat two weeks ago with 76,477 votes; gaining 44.08% of the votes cast with a 7.30% increase since the last GLA elections.

The new Mayor of London Boris Johnson has recently appointed him to sit as a member on the Metropolitan Police Authority as well as giving him other appointments.

Come and meet Steve next Thursday 5th June at The Slug & Lettuce, (next to Clapham Junction station) at 7.30pm

It will be a great chance to meet Steve and have a talk over a few beers.....

RSVP: Clare Hilley at: londonsouth@conservativefuture.com

Carshalton & Wallington Action Day....with free lunch and free drinks

Last election in 2005 Dr Ken Andrews fought an excellent campaign and even though the Liberals held the seat with 17,357, Ken managed to increase the Conservative vote by 4% increasing his vote to 16,289.

Based on the break down of the recent GLA results this seat is winnable and we will be campaigning in a ward where we will be able to pick up crucial votes.

Date: Saturday 7th June
Time: 10am
Meeting point: Carshalton train station

Free transport from the meeting point, free lunch and free drinks included.

RSVP: Clare Hilley at: londonsouth@conservativefuture.com

Monday, 19 May 2008

Crewe and Nantwich by-election fever.....

The campaign hotted up this weekend in more ways than one with at least ten London South members hitting the streets and delivering, canvassing and holding balloons!!

After the day fellow CF activists finished the evening at a party where at least one member was drinking till 7am.....

We could win here as on Sunday The News of the World carried a second ICM poll on the Crewe and Nantwich by-election: CON 45%(+2), LAB 37%(-2), LDEM 14%(-2).

They claimed that, "Last week there was a very large proportion of former Labour voters saying don’t know, so it will be interesting when the tables are released to see if the changes are a result of a drop in “Labour don’t knows” ".

Only 4% of people in Crewe and Nantwich said the increase in tax allowances had made them more likely to vote Labour in the by-election, with 24% saying it had made them less likely to vote Labour.

Sunday, 11 May 2008

Dates for Your Diary

After the huge success in the London Mayoral contest and the local elections, it’s never been a better time to get involved with London South CF. Please see below dates for your diary moving forward, we look forward to seeing you!

London South Drinks Evening- Wednesday May 28, 7pm

Slug and Lettuce - Clapham
4 St. John's Hill
SW11 1RU

RSVP: londonsouth@conservativefuture.com

Wallington & Carshalton Action Day, Saturday June 7
10am onwards , Location TBC

mini-bus pick up outside Carshalton Station (15min from London Victoria)

RSVP: londonsouth@conservativefuture.com

Get Involved With Bexley CF

By Jonathan Lee

Bexley CF was formed in 2003 and the membership is drawn from all three local Conservative Associations; Bexleyheath and Crayford, Old Bexley and Sidcup and Erith and Thamesmead.

Locally, Bexley CF has been very active in recent years supporting the efforts of the Association time, with particular success at election time. At the last council elections in 2006, eight Conservative councillors under the age of 30, were elected. The group continue to campaign on political issues, including youth crime and youth engagement in politics.

On Wednesday 21 May, Bexley CF is holding a social event at:

Lang Sen Vietnamese Restaurant
305 Broadway,
DA6 8DT,

Tickets for this event are £20, which starts at 8pm.

If you could add this to your website, we would be grateful - tickets are available by emailing -

London's New Mayor is a Winner

By Steve George

The London South committee would like to congratulate Boris Johnson and all activists who helped make his campaign such a stunning success. For months on end, CF members paced the streets of London spreading the message and working hard to deliver Boris into City Hall.

After only a few days in the job, Boris is making a huge difference through swift and decisive action. He is already taking steps to stamp out anti social behavoir by banning booze on the tube and is reaching out to youths by appointing experienced leader Ray Lewis as deputy for young people. Such effective and insightful leadership is cast iron proof that Boris is the man to lead London forward.

Having Boris as Mayor is like a breath of fresh air for all of us. For too long London had suffered from the corruption of Ken Livingstone’s administration and its lacklustre approach to record levels of knife and gun crime.

During his campaign, Boris had to endure a series of callous smears from the likes of the Guardian’s leading champagne socialist Polly Toynbee. Despite the mountains of mud these grotesque commentators chucked at him from their million pound homes, Boris kept moving forward to victory.

We now have a mayor who understands the needs of the people of London and will do everything in his power to tackle crime head on.

Winning team: The Boris CF activists

Expert: Ray Lewis brought in

Friday, 2 May 2008

Congratulations Maidstone!

A big Congratulations to Maidstone who won with a healthy majority of nine seats bringing the total number of Cllrs to twenty nine on the Council. The last time it was Conservative held was in 1982 and since then it's been a battle between the Liberal Democrats and us.

Well done to everyone who helped with the campaign!!

We've had some amazing wins so far and Labour hasn't performed this badly since the 1960s. A BBC analysis gave Labour a projected national share of the vote of 24% behind the Liberal Democrats on 25% and the Conservatives first on 44%.

Fingers crossed Boris wins this afternoon......
and after that Downing Street for Cameron!