The Conservative Party relies on the goodwill and enthusiasm of its members and volunteers in every activity it undertakes, with members leading the direction of the local party.
The local party is split into several different levels:
Local residents who pay £25 a year to join the Party through their local Association. Anyone under the age of 22 can join the Party for £5 and automatically becomes a member of Conservative Future.
People join for a variety of reasons from wanting to see a Conservative Government or council or supporting an individual candidate to someone who wants a social life through the many fundraising events or is passionate about creating and discussing policy.Members of the Conservative Party are entitled to vote in the selection of Conservative candidates for local elections, parliamentary elections and the leader of the Conservative Party.
Members in local area, such as a town, village or council ward, get together a form a branch. The branches organise a range of activities from fundraising events to campaigning, delivering leaflets and canvassing.The branch committee take on similar roles as the executive committee. Crucially the branch organises the selection of local government candidates for their area.
The Association Executive meets quarterly to decide which way the local association should go in fundraising and campaigning matters and is made up of nominated members from each branch and councillors.At the AGM the membership appoints a Management Committee to create a plan of how the association should move forward, which reports to the Executive who approve the new plan.
Conservative Women’s Organisation (CWO)
The CWO is a network that provides support for women, in all communities, to be politically active and to get elected at all levels of government, and to campaign locally, nationally and internationally on the issues that concern women.To find out more, go to the CWO website: http://www.conservativewomen.org.uk/
Conservative Future (CF) is the movement for under 30s, including all members of the Conservative Party of this age. CF is the largest youth political organisation in the UK, with more than 15,000 members.The organisation is all about involving young people in politics and addressing the issues that matter to them.