Conservative activists in Cheshire and the Wirral, in the northwest of England, came together last weekend (5-6 February) for the annual AECR conference to be briefed on the current political climate locally, across Britain and in Europe.
A variety of speakers contributed on a range of campaigning, organisational and political matters of interest to local supporters: former Northwest MEP, Sir Robert Atkins, set the scene for the agenda before introducing key-note speaker, Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party, the Rt. Hon. Robert Halfon MP. The conservative MEPs Jacqueline Foster and Sajjad Karim then fielded a range of questions on current European issues, including the proposed “in/out” referendum expected later this year, and detailed their on-going work and representation of the area in the European Parliament.
Commenting on the success of the proceedings, Cheshire and Wirral Conservatives Conference President, Sir Robert Atkins said:
This Conference has gone from strength to strength since its inception. Briefings are thorough, debate is constructively critical, speakers are to the point and above all, everyone enjoys himself.
Other sessions included speeches from Cheshire Police and Crime Commissioner, John Dwyer, and Merseyside candidate, David Burgess-Joyce, and question time with local Westminster MPs, Fiona Bruce, Graham Evans, David Mowat and David Rutley. Moreover, Baroness Williams of Trafford briefed the local activists on the conservative governments “devolution agenda” for the North of England.
The British Conservative Party is a founder member of AECR and the largest party in the House of Commons of the UK.