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.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

New Younger Members Drive for South Shields

It's been more difficult than ever to engage people in politics in the light of the recent expense scandal, where many people felt their hunch that politicians are "only in it for themselves" was confirmed. Fewer people than ever are joining political parties and the number of young people joining up is at an all time low. As well as general disinterest in a process (the political system) they feel they cannot contribute to or affect, I think from speaking to many people, it has not always been possible to readily perceive differentials between the mainstream parties - which of course has also been attributed in recent media to the increased profile of the BNP.

Despite the often "shiny" New Labour image - although I think everyone concedes it's been much less shiny, in fact its been downright dour mostly in the last two years of the Brown premiership - there is a world of difference between the two main parties. These differences, in hope and aspiration for this country were all to visible to me at the David Miliband lecture with Peter Mandelson this year. Conservative proposals last week to give people the right to buy failing local authority community schemes to turn them back into a profitable business is a cornerstone Conservative value of empowering people and giving people the opportunity by hard work and conviction to turn things around ultimately for the benefit of the community.

I hope policies like this will attract younger and entrepreneurial people to the Conservative Party and by entrepreneurial I am not talking about the Richard BRansons of South Shields - but about people in the town who want to create a better life for themselves and their families. In the South Shields Conservative Association we are welcoming new members and would like to set up a branch of Conservative Future - which is the youth wing of the Party. If you join the Conservative party and you are aged 30 or under (I will only fall into that bracket for the next 6 weeks!) we would love to hear from you. Please email me:



Anonymous Anonymous said...

How old is the Warbler?

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Blogger Karen Allen said...

Dear Anon

Your interest in the Warbler is quite touching.

As you are clearly an avid twitcher, I don't want you to be disappointed by the lack of bird related posts on this blog, so would suggest you try this website instead:


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