Success at the BCCA AGM. Three of our four candidates were elected. A new team can now take the Constituency Association forward. Thanks for all your support.
Friday, September 18, 2020
Democracy turned upside down – Updated 18 September
Last night the voting by Zoom took place for the election of officers for the Beaconsfield Constituency Conservative Association. (see previous post). How did it go?
· The total membership of the Association was not given so no one knew the size of the electorate. It is believed to be about 1,350.
· The total number of members registered to vote was not given. It is believed to have been about 300.
· The total number participating was shown on the screen as 216. This is considerably down on the number registered. Why? Were there technical problems. Research should be done on the reasons for this. In more than one case there was no sound so the instructions from the CCHQ manager were not heard.
· No time limit was put on the voting. It was left to the CCHQ Manager to decide when to stop. There should have been a time limit. In practice, he stopped when he said everyone had voted. Astonishing that there were no abstentions!
· The candidates were not asked to provide their own scrutineers. This is essential to ensure that the vote is fair. People appointed as scrutineers by CCHQ are not necessarily wholly independent.
· There was no vote at all on the election of the Vice Presidents, even en bloc!
· Transparency and accountability are essential elements of democracy. It is clear CCHQ still have lessons to be learned!
Wednesday, September 2, 2020
Democracy Turned Upside Down!
Last year the members of the Beaconsfield Constituency Conservative Association fought hard and long to exercise their democratic rights relating to their MP Dominic Grieve. See “Selection of Parliamentary Candidates below). Fortunately, he went, and in December 2019 the Constituency elected a new MP, Joy Morrissey who has done a splendid job.
The Officers of the Association who frustrated and blocked the members exercising their democratic rights and gave scant support in getting Joy Morrissey elected, would in normal times been accountable to the members at an Annual General Meeting this year. However due to the COVID-19 crisis the AGM has not yet been held. It is now due to held by a Zoom meeting on 18th September. Voting for the Officers will take place before the AGM on 17th September. This is the procedure set down by CCHQ Is not this the wrong way round?
The two Deputy Chairman from last year have both resigned. The Chairman is not standing for Chairman but is standing to be a Vice President. The Treasurer is standing to be Chairman. So, votes will be taken on the 17th September without having had the opportunity to question the Chairman on his actions during the year or the Treasurer on the Accounts of the Association. What is it about democracy that these people including CCHQ do not understand? Democracy is about transparency and accountability. How do you hold someone accountable if the votes are taken before any questions have been answered?
Fortunately, we have some excellent candidates standing for the officer positions, candidates who believe in party democracy, and I urge every member of the Beaconsfield Constituency Association to vote for them. They are:
Chairman Dr. Rhiannon Rowsell
Deputy Chairman Political Cllr. Guy Hollis
Treasurer Rashpal Hullait BA (Hons) FCA
The Deputy Chairman Membership is Kirsty Griffiths who has been elected unopposed and is excellent.
I understand that the Vice Presidents (all eight of them) will be elected en bloc, including last year’s Chairman, none of whom publicly stood up for the rights of the party members. In a democracy each individual should be voted upon and isn’t it time that there were time limits on the President and Vice Presidents terms of office of say five years?
Many of you will remember the undemocratic way the Association was run last year when the members had lost confidence in their MP Dominic Grieve. Now is the opportunity to put things right. This letter is for all the members of BCCA:
You will be aware that the BCCA AGM will be held by Zoom on Friday, 18th September at 8pm. Voting for the Officers of the Association will take place by Zoom on Thursday 17th September at 8pm. Further details to follow from BCCA.
Now we can vote for a new team who will actively support our MP, Joy Morrissey.
We need a fresh start with enthusiastic people to take the Association forward. People who believe in democracy within the Constituency Association and who will unite the Association at this critical time for the Conservative Party. All three candidates played a major role in the General Election in getting Joy Morrissey elected. Further details of their CVs will be sent out in due course.
Please support: Chairman Rhiannon Rowsell
Deputy Chairman (Membership) Kirsty Griffiths
Hon. Treasurer Rashpal Hullait
Please let me know if you can support the above and also if you can help in the campaign to get them elected?
John E. Strafford
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Matt Wright has now been appointed the new Chairman of the Candidates Committee.
Gareth Fox who was the Director of Candidates will now be the Chief of Staff to the Chairman of the Candidates Committee.
The new Director of Candidates will be Matt Lane who was the previous Deputy Director of Candidates.
Andrew Sharpe, (Chairman of the National Convention, unelected and unaccountable to ordinary Party members) and Julie Marson MP will be Vice-Chairmen of the Candidates Committee.
Does this matter? This small group of people, none of whom are elected by or accountable to the ordinary members of the Party will be deciding who our parliamentary candidates will be. From these candidates we will get our Members of Parliament and from them we will get Conservative Government Ministers. That is why it is critically important. It makes a mockery of democracy within the Conservative Party and democracy within the United Kingdom.
At the last General Election candidates were imposed on Constituencies despite being promised that this practice would not happen again after the same thing happened at the 2017 General Election. Do not be sure it will not happen again and the people mentioned above will be the ones who will decide who these candidates - MPs - Government Ministers will be.
There needs to be fundamental reform to bring the Conservative Party into the 21st Century and create a genuinely democratic Party and Nation.
The Chairman of the Candidates Committee should be elected by the Party members at an Annual General Meeting of the Party to which all members are invited and present an Annual Report which can be questioned by the members.