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Friday, 8 October 2010

BACK IN POWER CONSERVATIVE WOMEN SPEAK ON MATERNAL HEALTH

Rain soaked from Sunday on the first day of the Conservative Annual Conference. I was first to see the conference speakers and delegates explaining what it means to be a conservative woman today. The female politicians campaigned on women matters came out in force during fringe events arranged by the Conservative Women’s Organisation. 


The national organisation aims to engage women across the party to secure women’s rights and participation in politics. Surprisingly there were no champagne circulated, black tie events except an opening with Baroness Warsi and a cultural, thematic classic dance from the arts sector, showing diverse talents delivered by Sampard Arts.


THE BIG SOCIETY

The Big Society featured on all screen and discussions. As protesters gathered to defend the public sector cuts in the Birmingham rally against the coalition, the conservative party embraced their new found success with the quick fixation on the new coalition government; the Liberal Democrats. 


However women with young families were appalled with the proposed cuts to child benefit created some uproar and cancellation on Big Society Network tours across the region by the party and reassurance at conference from grass root activists and ministers.

BORIS JOHNSON – CAMPAIGNING FOR GLA MAYOR TALKS TO WOMEN

I was observing the rally provided by Boris Johnson, the Mayor of the Greater London Authority sponsored by Canary Wharf, a session with his own rally, never a dull moment, Boris kept the audience alive, on his vision to be mayor for 2013, and the impact of his achievements to date; this was Boris gloating to the stage whilst the lively audience kept cheering for more of him. 




The speeches during conference covered video footage and live debates from the floor on his self boosting mayoral success; reducing knife crime within Pan London, transport changes, buses and tubes, resolving housing and general policing and the removal of the police commissioner are some of his brave highlights. Boris dreamily went down memory lane on what he achieved within 2 years.

The strike did not deter him to make a point, on unions and timing of the industrial action. A few bespoken words by on lookers on his next steps to make a safer London came to a closure by Tim Montgomerie. Some women heckled him for more of his visibility within Tower Hamlets Council.


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