If I was paid a £1 on every occasion I was asked “Why are you a Conservative?”  I would be a wealthy person. 

I am a Conservative because of:  my life experiences, religious beliefs and family and traditional values.  My upbringing, professional career and life experience have all taught me the importance of encouraging and supporting all people to achieve their full potential and to make their contribution to society regardless of their background. My Christian and typically Welsh upbringing has taught me to respect, support, encourage and contribute to society.  My mother’s motto was “if you can’t do anyone any good then do not do them any harm”.  I believe that the family is the foundation on which our society is built.  The Conservative Party’s ‘Big Society’ encapsulates my beliefs.  

In recent years the Conservative Party has achieved much both in education and welfare reform.  Welfare reform is finally recognising and tackling issues that are important in terms of fairness to all and also in encouraging self respect, dignity and self esteem.   

I had the great privilege of being the Association Chairman for the Clacton Conservative Constituency from 2011 - 2014.  The role was challenging with many hurdles to overcome, one of the greatest being the retention and growth of our membership to the Conservative Party:  there is huge concern amongst the membership and voters that the  Government is aloof, disconnected and unwilling to listen let alone respond positively to their views.  At a time of great uncertainty we won three out of the four County Council seats last year as well as winning all three District Council by elections.  This success is testament that our constituents continue to value the progress the Conservative Party has achieved so far, and their belief that the Conservative Party is the Party they trust most to run the Government and their local councils. 

The formation of Grassroots Conservatives has made a huge difference to me personally because it is based on the Conservative Party’s traditional core values. Its commitment, loyalty and dedication to the Conservative Party is truly impressive. Its ability to engage, listen, understand and promulgate the views of thousands of grassroot supporters is invaluable if the Party is to win an outright majority in the general election next year.  After all, it is our vote that decides who will govern the UK next year

Mrs Delyth Miles, Chairman Clacton Conservative Association, 2011-2014