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 05, 2009

Good start in Manchester

Some really interesting sessions today at the first day of the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester. There is certainly a buzz in the air and a lot of anticipation - which has been heightened when David Cameron told us this afternoon, he is not going to follow advice to sit pretty and "keep his head down" as Labour fall apart - instead he's going to prove the Conservatives are fit and ready to govern - that it is ther Conservatives who have the ideas and the conviction to get us out of the mess of Broken Britain as quickly as possible. So it sounds like we can be sure we are going to hear some exciting policy announcements over the next few days.

One of the more interesting new initiatives which is being launched this week is myconservatives.com. The Conservative Party lead the way in political blogging in Britain and now are the first party to engage in interactive campaigning and fundraising - the sort of on line donations and fundraising Obama used. This website is a great idea - when CCHQ called me to ask if I'd like to be involved with it I jumped at the chance. I was a little less certain about my debut as presenter for the Social Action part of the website, but judge for yourself:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uh7kv1Mqa5g&feature=channel

More to follow on conference shortly.....

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