Last Meeting As Chairman
I have been the Chairman of Wisbech & District Conservatives for five years and before that I served as Vice Chairman for three years.
During that time I have steered our local branch through good times and bad, I have helped organise and deliver dozens of successful events, I have helped raise a lot of money.
The branch has allowed Conservative Councillors to co-ordinate and collaborate for the benefit of local people. It has introduced many new members and many new activists, plenty of whom have gone on to become Councillors or to serve the community in other important ways.
I have helped in every single election and by-election and in the last couple of years I have acted as Campaign Manager for several, helping to win three by-elections and deliver a pretty good recent local election result.
I’d like to think that I have helped build a strong team and to make the branch friendly, inclusive and welcoming. I am proud of the branch’s achievements, both for the local Conservative party, the wider N.E.C.C.A. organisation and for the town and community in which we all live.
Tonight, at the monthly Branch meeting, I will be stepping down as Chairman of the branch. I have given it nearly a decade and I have seen us safely and successfully through the most important elections in a decade – but I am a strong believer in allowing new faces and new ideas to flourish and shine. There are many new local Conservatives now and it would be wrong for the same people, the same names, the same faces to remain in the senior positions forever and ever. It is counter-productive and stifles enthusiasm, eventually leading to stagnation. I think now is the right time to give somebody else a chance to show what they can do.
I’m not going anywhere. I will still be right here, helping my local friends and colleagues in every way I can, using what small talent I have in any way that will benefit local Conservatism and the wider community we all serve. I will still be actively involved in the North East Cambs Conservative Association (I am presently Deputy Chair Political) and I will continue to work as hard as I can as a Town and District Councillor.
But we have many passionate Conservatives in Wisbech and it is time to step aside and let some of them steer the ship. I think it will be quite exciting, for those who care about such things. I’m certainly looking forward to seeing what the next chapter brings.
I’d like to thank my dedicated team both old and new. I have been privileged to work with some very decent, very honourable and very genuine folks. It has been a wonderful few years and I wouldn’t change a thing. Except the County Council results two years ago :) And maybe not even that. These things happen for a reason, I believe. Fanciful idiot that I am. :)