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Edward Argar PPC for Charnwood

Edward is hugely honoured to have been selected as the Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Charnwood for the forthcoming general election. Born in 1977, Edward now lives in Syston, in the heart of the Charnwood constituency, but is originally from Kent where he attended his local state grammar school before studying for a history degree at Oriel College, Oxford. Edward’s parents were both teachers - his mother originally from a farming family, his father from an army family.

Stephen Dorrell steps down

Conservative MP Stephen Dorrell, a cabinet minister in John Major's government, is to stand down next May after 35 years in parliament. The MP for Charnwood in Leicestershire has accepted a job as a health policy consultant with accountancy firm KPMG. Mr Dorrell, on the centre-left of the party, became an MP in 1979. He was health secretary during the BSE crisis and a Treasury minister on "Black Wednesday", when the UK's pound crashed out of Europe's ERM. As a backbencher, he served as chairman of the health select committee between 2010 and 2014. In his resignation letter to the chair of his local party, Mr Dorrell said his decision marked a "bitter sweet moment". His new position at KPMG would be "incompatible" with his role as an MP, he said. He described himself as a "strong supporter of the Coalition" but pledged to campaign for a majority Conservative government at the general election. Read more in the Charnwood Chronicle.

Special Guest for the Annual Dinner 6 Nov 2014

Matthew Parris was educated at Waterford Kamhlaba United World College of Southern Africa, and Clare College Cambridge gaining a first class degree in Law, offered a job as a secret agent instead worked for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for two years. Then joined the Conservative Research Department and moved on to become correspondence secretary to Margaret Thatcher.

Are we ready for 2015?

The by-election results in a Borough ward in the middle of England can easily escape the attention of the media. However, Thurmaston in Leicestershire is very representative. It is sitting between Leicester and the countryside and, although it belongs to the County, it is actually a continuity of the City. Furthermore, it has a fair and very representative presence of ethnic communities.  In 2011 the vote was split between Conservatives and Labours.  In the July 2014 Borough by-election we observed a very interesting, albeit disturbing, phenomenon. The Labour vote remained solidly the same, while the Conservative vote was split two ways, to UKIP and Conservatives.  This is coming as a brutal reminder of the political reality just six months before the general elections. It also shows that the political currents in the UK have not been fully understood and appreciated. And there is a rapid evolution of these currents. 

Nicky Morgan, MP for Loughborough, is the new Education Secretary

BBC report: As the education world takes in the news that Michael Gove is leaving the helm of the Department for Education, all eyes are on his successor.Nicky Morgan was appointed education secretary by David Cameron as part of a major cabinet reshuffle. But after the high-profile and well-known face of Mr Gove, parents and teachers may be forgiven for asking: "Who's she?" So who is the woman following in Mr Gove's footsteps? Ms Morgan, 41, is the Conservative MP for Loughborough. Education can be the single greatest transformer of lives” She grew up in Surrey and attended the fee-paying Surbiton High School. She went on to study law at St Hugh's College, Oxford. Ms Morgan worked as a solicitor, specialising in corporate law and advising a range of private and public companies from 1994 until her election as MP in 2010. She stood for the same seat in the 2005 general election, but lost to Labour candidate Andy Reed. In April this year, Ms Morgan became financial secretary to the Treasury and minister for women and equalities. She was tipped for a full cabinet post in this latest reshuffle and on Tuesday was given the senior cabinet post as secretary of state for education, while continuing her role as minister for women. Congratulations Nicky!

Kirby Muxloe & Leicester Forest East Branch

The Kirby Muxloe & Leicester Forest East Branch of the Charnwood Conservative Association had a very vibrant meeting in the Kirby Muxloe Library on the 3rd of March 2014. It was chaired by the Cllr David Clements.

This is a resurrection of the branch, following the unfortunate departure of the Parsons.  

A number of new members, who recently joined the Party, gave a refreshing flavour to the meeting.

Cllr David Clements was elected in the position of Branch Chairman and Stuart Coar as the deputy Chairman. Our new member Lindsay Dracup was elected as secretary of the branch. David and Lindsay will represent the branch to the Executive Council of the Association. 

All participating members posed for the photo. And, of course, Stuart asked for a donation to the branch for the photo! Cheeky!Meanwhile, Syston branch had a lovely meeting. Sue Gerrard was elected as the new Branch Chairman. Congratulations Sue. Cllr Dave Houseman was in the front line again! 

Building in Rothley causes unrest

Many residents in Charnwood recoil in horror watching the random, almost anarchical, transformation of rural and agricultural land into housing estates. This has a catastrophic effect on the character of Charnwood and the situation is getting worse. Our people feel betrayed. What has happened to the ‘Core strategy’? If the Council has a solid plan for development across the A6/A46 corridor, why do we see all these new developments outside the proposed area? Does the ‘Core strategy’ for future developments in Charnwood include the concept of ‘green belts’? The planning application for a new housing estate in West Cross Lane, which is expanding Mountsorrel into Rothley’s land has overstepped the mark. Our Councillor Peter Osborn is keen to give an update on current legislation and guidance on planning issues. We will organise a meeting very soon. The Charnwood Conservative Association (CCA) has made a short video-reportage on the most serious issues in Rothley and the response was revealing. You can watch it by clicking READ THE STORY and then click on the link (on the left of the screen).   

Mary Allen's campaign is doing well

Mary Allen is the Conservative Party's Candidate for the Birstall by-election. Birstall is a ward in Charnwood Constituency, in Leicestershire, UK. This is a by-election for the Loughborough and Charnwood Borough Council. The campaign has been extraordinary and the members’ effort was resistant to bad weather, as well as various other contradictions (i.e.  other political parties canvassing at the same time, in the same areas). No accidents reported, except that one of our members lost his glove (and almost his finger) by a rather naughty little dog, as he put a leaflet through a letter box! We hope that the doggy has not fully destroyed the glove and it could be recovered! The residents were very positive for the Conservatives and many of them personally new Mary. Well done Mary and team-Good luck. Watch the video in the page 'About us'. 

Charnwood Conservative Association Executive Meeting

The attendance was remarkable despite the horrendous weather. Hanif Asmal chaired another successful and progressive executive meeting of the Charnwood Conservative Association. Leon Hadji-Nikolaou, Deputy Political, reported on the by-election progress in Birstall and announced that the approval process for the next Borough and District Council Elections will start in February, with the intention to complete it by May 2014. Norman McCausland, Deputy Membership, reported on membership and introduced some excellent fund-raising ideas. The boat-trip was a particularly attractive idea and was hailed with enthusiasm by the members of the Executive. Martin Greenwood reported on the finance with his calm and steady manner. Cllr Dan Grimley reported on Council matters, emphasizing the progress on the Core Strategy issue. Following the reports of the branches, our MP, Stephen Dorrell gave us a tremendous speech on Conservative values and future political prospects. Stephen was approved as the Conservative Candidate for Charnwood with 100% of the vote.

Mary Allen "Backing Birstall"

As Chairman of the Birstall Conservatives for many years, a Birstall ParishCouncillor and resident of Birstall for over 50 years, I believe I am the ideal candidate to continue the great work of the late Councillor, Stuart Jones.Please look on the attached leaflet.