Karen Allen

I fought South Shields at the May 2010 General Election for the Conservatives, gaining a 6.4% swing which was a 4% vote increase. The Conservatives polled 7,886 up from 5,207 in 2005. I was born in the North East and grew up in South Shields. I currently live in London and am employed as a Director at Lloyd's Broker Howden International.

Monday, October 30, 2006

Lithuanian Embassy Reception

Ambassador Usackas welcomed CF to the Embassy last night, we had a great turn out for the first Working Life Event of the New Exec and I think everyone who attended would agree we learned a fair bit about Lithuanian!

Radvile Morkunaite, Chairman of the Young Conservative League of Lithuania (in the green in the picture) made her first ever trip to London to speak at the event.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Areas of Responsibility on the Exec

A few people have emailed me asking about this, so I thought it was probably a good idea to post details for those of you who are interested, to clarification any confusion or misconception.

In our first meeting it was determined NME members would have the following areas of responsibility:

Claire Palmer, Deputy Chairman overseeing, with Craig Cox:
Grow Branches in Marginal Seats

Karen Allen: Grow Working Life

Ranil Jayawardena:
(i) Learn from Other Organisations (Young Republicans, Youngs Liberals and other organisations)
(ii) Embrace Conservative Coalition: Organising Events with groups affiliated to the Conservative Party
(iii) Grow Student Life Membership (overseeing role)

Matt Richardson: Assist in Elections: Organising Campaigning Days

Christian Walker: Communications Revolution Including: Membership Database Access, Membership Survey, Monthly Area Chairmen Reports

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Do We Need Nuclear Power?

Another date for the diary. The Energy Debate has been topical across all Parties, the Conservative Party commissioning their own Energy review as part of the Review for Life, which concluded "nuclear is necessary as part of a balanced energy mix." Hope you can join us to discuss the pros and cons over a glass of wine.

Thursday 2nd November 6-8pm (commecing at 6.30pm)
Macmillan Room, Portcullis House, Westminster

Speakers for the Motion:
Michael Jack, MP for Fylde
Miranda Kirschel, Nuclear Industry Association

Speakers against the Motion:
Nick Hurd, MP for Ruislip-Norwood
Dr David Lowry, an Environmental Policy Consultant

Hope to see you there. If you could drop me a line if you intend to come along: karenallen2@yahoo.co.uk

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Area Chairmen Co-Options

Further to the NME's first official meeting in office, I am pleased to announce we have made the following Area Chairmen co-options:

Black Country: Ghazanfar Khan
Bristol & Gloucestershire: Nick Webb
Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire: Laura Perry
Cambridgeshire & Bedfordshire: Graham Wild
Essex: George Askew
Greater Manchester East: Stuart Penketh
Greater Manchester West: Adele Douglas
Hampshire & Isle of Wight: Adam Hewson
Hertfordshire: Sonia Chopra
Kent: Hilary Downes
Leicester, Northampton & Rutland: Lydia Smith
Somerset: Oliver Green
Staffordshire: Owen Meredith
Sussex: Jonathan Ash-Edwards
Tyne & Wear: Caroline Kelly

In some areas we only had one applicant, in others there were a few candidates for the post and in some cases it was quite difficult to decide who was the right person. We are confident we have selected a good team and we hope 2007 will be one of CF's most successful years. We're going to be working particularly closely with the Area Chairmen this year, so I hope they are all ready to work hard. I don't think Mark is going to let any of you sit back!

Positions do, however, remain vacant in the following areas:

Cornwall, Devon, Cumbria, Hereford & Shropshire, Northern Ireland, Wales (South, South East & South West) and Wiltshire & Dorset.

If you are interested in applying for one of these area positions please contact a member of the NME who will be able to send you an application form.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Lithuanian Embassy Reception

There will be a Conservative Future reception held at the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania on Wednesday 25th October with Ambassador Vygaudas Usackas and Radvile Morkunaite, President of Young Lithuanian Conservatives, it will start at 7 p.m.

84 Gloucester Place, W1U 6AU London
Nearest Tube: Baker Street

If you would like to attend, places are limited, please can you contact me.

Refreshments will be served.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Conference 2006

Bournemouth was actually my first Conference (I've been told I can't count the Spring Forum in Manchester). I had a great time, there was such a good atmosphere and vibe and I think generally people were upbeat, because it felt as if we are really getting there now and everything is contributing towards us winning in 2009.

There was a CF Champagne Reception on the Sunday night which had a great turn out. We'd almost given up on Mark Clarke, who had been queuing for his pass for over 24 hours by that point. Claire Palmer, as Deputy Chairman gave the welcome speech in Mark's absence, only for security to clear Mark about 15 minutes later, so we had the pleasure of speeches from both the Chairman and Deputy.

It was good to meet so many new people; an excellent opportunity to come across those who might be interested in getting involved with the Working Life side of CF, which I am responsible for. A few people who were trusting enough to give me their card can certainly expect an email from me! I'm working on my Working Life presentation now, in preparation for our Exec meeting on Monday. Looking forward to hearing the plans of the other members too.

Also very pleased to report that my blog seems to have recovered, at last, from it's adversity to publishing photos. To celebrate such a momentous occasion to me, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to stick up the photo James Cleverly took of the lovely Becky Stevens and me.