CPON are celebrating another conference success, with this year’s fringe event drawing in a huge audience. Conference delegates came in their droves to hear key Conservatives explain how they’ve successfully fought elections.

Three newly-elected MPs passed on their knowledge of electioneering:

  • Ed Vaizey, who increased the Conservative majority in Wantage;
  • Justine Greening, who regained Putney for the Conservatives with a 6.5 per cent swing; and,
  • Peter Bone, who won Wellingborough by just 687 votes. Peter’s election win was all the sweeter, as his campaign manager was CPON’s Vice President, Leigh Hooker. 

From a local government perspective Cllr. Barry Dare, Leader of Gloucestershire County Council, explained how his Conservative Group were able to increase their numbers from just ten in 1993 to take control in May 2005. The final hurdle had been cleared with the help of his Political Assistant, and CPON’s Legal Lead, Richard Coates, whom Cllr. Dare described as a ‘star’.


Cllr. Alex Williams of Trafford MBC made up the panel of speakers, and was able to relay how the Conservatives were able to storm to control in 2004, regaining the Conservatives’ first Greater Manchester local authority in a decade.


Chairman of the debate was Cllr. Merrick Cockell, Conservative Leader of Kensington & Chelsea. Cllr. Cockell added his own opinions throughout the debate, and chaired the event with great aplomb.


CPON Chairman, Richard Ashton, said, “With it being General Election year it seemed a appropriate theme for our fringe event. The Conservatives may have lost the big one, but across the country they have continued to win elections by using pro-active methods to get their message across to the electorate.


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