Friday, May 4, 2012
It’s Time for Conservative Future to Enter a New Era of Collaboration
Conservative Future has always enjoyed a reputation as the lively, if somewhat turbulent youth arm of the Tory Party. One only has to observe the monumental youth election race for national positions to see what a thriving and competitive organisation it really is. Indeed, the youth election countdown is regularly watched by many thousands of activists both inside and outside of the movement and is, according to London Spin’s traffic analysis, the guilty pleasure of many workers inside the House.
This competitive energy will inevitably lead to the occasional throwing of mud, smears and bizarre anonymous comments from candidates and their respective campaign teams in the race for the top job. Whilst the negative elements of the race are not always pleasant, they do indicate that the movement is lively enough for serious campaigning between groups, where every vote counts. The elections are also a critical moment for young Tory newcomers to elevate their profiles by pushing forward new ideas and schemes to improve the movement and improve the organisation in which we all have more than simply a passing interest.
Unfortunately, years of bitter infighting and dispute eventually rendered Conservative Future an organisation barley fit for purpose. There was much talk of CF needing to reach out to other organisations, but, in the state it was in, many were right to argue that it simply wasn’t in a position to function properly in a role of cross-group collaboration.
Although not always agreeing politically, I have to say the current Chairman must be recognised for the restructuring and fundamental reorganisation of the branch and management structures and the results this action has delivered over the last year or so. Likewise, his ability to attract top level speakers, work with the Northern teams to create a more representative national committee and ensure branches are well resourced deserves praise, if only from a managerial perspective.
There will, of course, always be the odd few fanatics who believe that a few of their Tweets can bring our organisation to its knees. But one look at the number of attendees at events and the calibre of speakers headlining CF conferences tells a different and true story of just how far our organisation has come over the last few months. In fact, one could view anti-CF fanatics as a tribute to everything our organisation has achieved, as fanatics don’t tend to be attracted to unsuccessful projects or people.
With Conservative Future finally up to scratch, the current national committee’s goal needs to be to cement our organisation amongst the other great players in the right-wing ecosystem as soon as possible. This can be achieved by CF activists engaging with the numerous opportunities these organisations provide, flooding their events with attendees and working together as a cohesive and professional movement.
Whether our activists are experiencing trips abroad and benefiting from the professional media training from our good friends at The Young Britons’ Foundation or engaging with the fresh debates and colourful speakers at The Freedom Association, Conservative Future members have a broad church of opportunity available to them. The process of transforming the national youth movement into a well organised operation has been a painful one, but with that work complete there can only be good times ahead in a new era of collaboration with our fellow Conservative friends.