Thursday, 31 July 2008

China fundraising- Politics + Charity= A Good Thing

A message from Claire Palmer:

Since finishing my term as Deputy Chairman of CF, I have been taking a bit of a rest, as well as reinvolving and increasing my involvement in local politics. I have been keeping up to date with the good work being undertaken by the new Executive, and keep in touch with many of them on a regular basis. I continue to be available to field enquiries, and also to offer advice in setting up branches, particularly in our target seats.

Recently, I have been doing a reasonable amount of walking, in preparation for a 9 day charity trek along the Great Wall of China. Apparently we do up to 7 hours walking each day, and it is pretty hilly and there are lots of steps. The steps range from tiny steps to those that are half your body height which makes for some interesting walking!

The charity in question is the Westminster Challenge which supports three charities: The Children’s Society, Crimestoppers and Cancer Research. The trip also has the aim of encouraging politicians and charities to work more closely together and to support the voluntary sector. I understand that we are also being joined by the Lithuanian Ambassador on the trek. I am aiming to raise £5,000, and am nearly half way there. If 100 CF members donated £25, or 250 CF members donated just £10, that would be the other half.
The link is

Any support would be gratefully received.

Best wishes,

Claire Palmer

Former CF Deputy Chairman

Tuesday, 29 July 2008

Summer Events

Event: August Star Social
Host: Cities of London and Westminster Conservative Future
Date: Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Time: 7:30pm - 11:30pm
Address: The Old Star Tavern, 66 Broadway, Westminster, United Kingdom
Ticket: Free



Event: Pimm’s on the Lawn
Host: Croydon Central and South Conservative Federation, Addiscombe Branch
Date: Sunday 10th August
Time: 12 onwards
Address: 93 Clyde Road, Addiscombe, Croydon
Ticket: £7 (entry for children is free) to include first glass of Pimm’s or soft drink, and finger buffet

RSVP or further details: Cllr. Maria Garcia (020 8662 0454 or

Please bring a garden chair, if you have one


Event: Summer BBQ
Host: Croydon Conservative Future
Date: Friday 15th August
Time: 7pm onwards
Address: TBA
Ticket: £5 to include booze and BBQ!!

RSVP: Clare Hilley:


Event: Dinner at the East India Club
Host: The Salisbury Club
Date: Friday 22nd August
Time: 7.30pm-11.30pm
Address: East India Club, St James' Square, London
Ticket: £60 to include 3 course dinner with wine
Dress Code: Black Tie

Dinner will be served in the Canadian Room and will consist of 3 course with wine. As always we will be meeting to raise funds for Conservative Future.

We will meet at 7.30pm for pre-dinner drinks in the East India lounge.

Guest Speaker: Cllr Stuart Penketh - Parliamentary Candidate for Ellesmere Port and Neston Cheshire. Stuart has recently been selected to stand in this very winable seat in the North West. Stuart is also a local Councillor in Bury, Greater Manchester. and will give a short speech at the end of the Dinner.

RSVP: send your cheques to: Cllr. Ben Howlett, Sidney Sussex College, The University of Cambridge, Sidney Street, Cambridge, CB2 3HU

Monday, 14 July 2008

Sad and Disgruntled

I have only ever used this blog to publicise London South CF events and have never wanted to make a habit of blogging twice a day on my daily opinion (as most bloggers do) as I've always thought that it was a method to stroke one's own ego!

However I am breaking this view as I was e-mailed links by a few friends tonight who were upset about allegations being posted about themselves on these blogs: and

The principle of these blogs are great as it holds people to account but I do not condone personal attacks.

Anyway this will be the only and last opinion post from me so thanks for reading and log on regularly for London South CF updates.

Tuesday, 8 July 2008

Ken says Thanks!

Ken Andrews, PPC for Carshalton and Wallington has asked me to thank those who helped him campaign in his constituency.

We had a great day and his partner Pamela made an excellent lunch!

We will no doubt be helping Ken again in the future and for those that missed it this time round, make sure that you come next time!