Unexpected encounters

On Tuesday afternoon I arrived at the Plaza Hotel Westminster, a little late and more than a little hot and bothered from a rushed journey down to London after work.

I had largely missed the rumours of a secret guest at this Conservative Future Chairman’s meeting to celebrate the establishment of the new centralised membership database. And celebrate we might, as the efforts of CF Chairmen and committees across the country had gathered over 5000 new activist contact details, meaning that Conservative Future has the largest membership of any youth political organisation in the UK, surpassing both Young Labour and Liberal Youth.

Struggling with my name badge from the reception desk I entered the function room to discover the air con was on the blink – no chance of cooling down quickly then.

No sooner am I through the door than I am grabbed by Ben Howlett National Conservative Future Chairman and Clare Hilley Vice Chair Membership and find myself being introduced to the secret guest of honour – David Cameron the Prime Minister.

Managed to scrape together just enough composure to not make a complete fool of myself, exchange a few semi coherent words and remembered to smile for the camera…

…now if only I had managed to put that name badge on the right way round!

Here followed some great speeches from the PM and Party Chairman Lord Feldman amongst others, offering both praise and thanks for the hard work of CF members up and down the country.

This was in fact my second unexpected encounter with the PM. The First had come at Spring Conference in Wales, whilst waiting in my dirty gardening overalls and woolly hat for the bus to the CF social action project. At least this time I had been a little more presentable!

It was good to catch up with friends both new and old to discuss issues and plans for the future. A pleasure also to bump into Nicola Heath, a fellow veteran of the Ben Gummer 2010 campaign, now a the CF Chairman for all 3 constituencies in Croydon.

With such people as these at the helm we can feel confident that CF will continue to go from strength to strength and continue to be a “vital part of the Conservative Party” in the years to come.

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One Comment on “Unexpected encounters”

  1. paddy Says:

    enjoy reading your article

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