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, November 06, 2006

Take Your Seat

I was asked to help out at the Target Seats conference which was held on Saturday 4th November. Although getting up at 6am to drive to Bedfordshire was a mean feat, it was well worth the early start. There were over 1000 delegates, including Association Chairmen, Agents, Deputy Chairmen from around 200 target seats, Area and Regional leadership, campaign directors and senior members of CCHQ and the voluntary party.

The event had been organised by Lord Ashcroft and I think all involved were highly impressed by the enthusiastic and professional vibe which was very evident throughout the day.

Speakers included, David Cameron, Francis Maude and Don Porter. Various presentations were given by other Senior Members of the Party. I found the presentation on the statistical analysis which Lord Ashcroft commissions extremely interesting. Particularly it was interesting to hear the change which has occurred in the public’s perception of the Conservative Party since December 2005.

With new campaigning systems being put in place and a focus on e-campaigning, which is expected to be huge in 2009, it’s very hopeful Associations will feel a massive benefit. Survey analysis showed we’d come since December 2005, but there is still much, much further to go. We need to continue to drive our new brand values. It’s the first time, since 1997 we believe and are actually in position to win the next General Election and the air of optimism in Bedfordshire that day was very apparent.


Blogger Serf said...

and a focus on e-campaigning, which is expected to be huge in 2009

How do you think we bloggers can contribute?

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