We have spent  more than a year dealing with CCHQ over our decision not to re-adopt our local MP and our choice of who should become our Parliamentary Candidate at the 2015 General  Election. Throughout this time the Officers were treated abysmally and I came to the sad conclusion that CCHQ consider local Associations and their membership to be an irritating irrelevance rather than the bedrock of the Conservative Party.  They ignore their own Rules when it suits them and appear to disregard the vital importance of the power of the personal touch and I quote Simon Heffer who said ‘I have yet to find a computer which can take an old lady to the polling station.

Peter Steveney, former Chairman Thirsk & Malton Conservatives