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Congratulations also to our own conservative candidate Ed Argar, who received a phone call from our new Prime Minister, asking him to continue in his Ministerial Post as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Ministry of Justice.  Great news and well deserved.

Leadership Election

Thanks to all those Charnwood members who supported and voted in the recent Leadership Election.  We heard today that 139,318 members voted, a ‘turn-out’ of 87.4%.  Boris and his team have certainly hit the ground with energy and enthusiasm.  Let us hope that they manage the very daunting challen


Despite recent turbulent times, our Charnwood Association party membership, has seen a welcome steady increase – from a figure of some 270 last year, current membership has risen to 313 – an increase of 43 members or almost 16%.

Charnwood ‘bucks the trend’ in May Local Elections

Compared with other areas locally and nationally Charnwood did very well in the May Local Elections.  Our thanks to all who voted or campaigned across our area.  Our then MP Ed Argar was delighted with the good results.

Anstey Ward by-election December 20, 2018

Anstey Ward By-Election

Due to the sad death of Cllr John Sutherington (Lib Dem) a by-election was held on December 20, 2018

It was a two horse race and our candidate was Prof. Paul R Baines.


After months of campaigning, leafleting and canvassing in all types of weather. It our pleasure to announce that Edward Argar has been reelected as the member of parliament for Charnwood.

Election results:

ARGAR, Edward John Comport The Conservative Party  33,318

Ed Argar's message

We have made real progress on getting the economy back on its feet and getting public spending under control. The deficit has been more than halved, employment levels are high, and the economy continues to grow, but there is no room for complacency...


The start of a New Year is a time to reflect on the year gone by, but it’s also a time for make resolutions and to look forward to the year ahead.  It is a time of change, and hope for what the New Year brings. As we begin 2016, in terms of a political resolution there can only be one, and that is to continue with the job of rebuilding our economy, protecting the strong economic progress we have made as a country, continuing to support more people to secure jobs, and continuing to take the difficult decisions so we live within our means and bring our debts down. In looking at the year ahead, I also particularly welcome the long overdue debate on Europe, and the referendum. Whatever view you take on this issue, it will give all of us our say on the hugely important question of whether the UK should remain a member of the EU or leave. Internationally the world in 2016 remains a complex and dangerous place, but I hope that this year will see renewed efforts to bring peace to those parts of the world, like Syria, suffering from conflict, and renewed efforts to defeat the evil of terrorism. More locally, in 2015 we achieved some real success in stopping the planned new development in Rearsby which would have fundamentally changed the character of this beautiful village – in 2016 we must keep up the campaign to ensure that where major development happens it is in keeping with an area and does not harm its character. 

Edward’s Message

It has been an incredibly busy and active three months in the constituency and in Parliament since being elected, and although Parliament doesn’t sit in August that doesn’t mean that work has stopped! The letters and casework still flow in, and so have very welcome invitations to attend community events in villages right across the constituency. As well as supporting these events that bring our com-munities together, I have also been undertaking a programme of ‘Village Hall Drop-In Surgeries’ across the constituency. As well as continuing my regular appointment sur-geries in Thurmaston & Syston, to make it even easier for people to come and see me I have begun working my way through a summer programme of local drop-in surgeries ‘on the road’ in Village and Parish Halls. But, with Parliament set to return for two weeks in September it is also a good opportunity to reflect on what that session is likely to hold for us.

Ed Argar MP for Charnwood

Well done Edward and all conservative councillors.The Conservatives have easily held onto power in Charnwood.Last time around, the seat was won by Conservative MP Stephen Dorrell with a comfortable majority of more than 15,000.After Mr Dorrell announced his decision to step down at this election, we choseEdward Argar to come to Charnwood and fight for the seat.He won with a majority of nearly 17,000 votes!Ed Argar said: "It's a huge privilege to be elected to serve the whole community of Charnwood, working for all who care about this fantastic part of the country."The result:Edward Argar (Conservative) 28,384Sean Kelly-Walsh (Labour) 11,453Lynton Yates (UKIP) 8,330Robert Sansome (Liberal Democrats) 3,605Cathy Duffy (BNP) 489