AGM CATCHES CHRISTMAS SPIRIT

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BARRY MACLEOD-CULLINANE ADDRESSES THE NETWORK’S MEMBERSHIP

CPON members met yesterday for their annual general meeting.

The network met following yet another succesful year, having seen its membership rapidly increase, and its relationship with other local government organisations grow stronger.

The AGM was held at the headquarters of London Councils, in Southwark, and hosted by Barry Macleod-Cullinane, the political adviser to the Conservative Group and former Conservative political assistant at Harrow.

Afterwards, members relaxed and got in the Christmas mood with a reception at the Southwark Rooms.

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 RICHARD ROBESON (BARNET), WILLIAM HOOPER (SUFFOLK) & BARBARA MATTHEWS (YORK) ENJOY THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT

Morgan Einon, CPON’s Deputy Chairman (Communications), said, “Whilst CPON is proud of its ‘realtime’ discussion network, nothing is better for our members than to meet face-to-face.

“We try to organise at least two away days a year and the December AGMC is always special. Particular thanks this year must go to London Councils for providing us with a great venue. We had a good meeting with some excellent contributions and came away with a number of projects which will enhance the network’s growing reputation.

“After the formalities it was great to relax with friends in the Southwark Rooms and other local venues and cement the friendships that exist throughout the network.” 

CPON CONFERENCE EVENT AN “ABSOLUTE SUCCESS”

The Conservative Political Officers’ Network has declared its Conference fringe meeting an “absolute success”, following a huge turnout earlier this week (6th). 

Conference goers turned out in droves to hear the views of Ed Vaizey (PPC for Wantage), Cllrs. Simon Milton (Leader of Westminster City Council), and Michael Whitby (Leader of Birmingham City Council) on the future of local government.

They were joined by Christine Melson of the IsItFair Council Tax pressure group, and Bob Blackman, the Group Whip of the London Assembly Conservative Group.

Before the main debate began, an introductory speech was made on the work of Political Assistants and CPON.

Afterwards, CPON’s Deputy Chairman, Richard Ashton, said, “Our fringe meeting was an absolute success in terms of the attendance and the quality of the debate. The theme of our event obviously struck a chord with those that attended. In many respects, grassroot members have more acquaintance with local government than national politics, so the chance to hear the views of those with expert knowledge of local issues was too good an opportunity to miss.

“The response was amazing, we were unable to fit everybody into the conference room! Therefore, I would like to thank Ed Vaizey, Christine Melson, Cllrs. Simon Milton, Michael Whitby and Bob Blackman for giving up their time and attracting such a large audience.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the sponsors of the event; the Association of London Government, TB Marketing, and Mr. Peter Clarke of Fujitsu.”

CPON is now working on plans for next year’s event.

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