Launch of Greenwich Conservative Women

Launch of Greenwich Conservative Women
by Gemma Robinson

Thursday 28th November saw the formal launch event of Greenwich Conservative Women. The event was held at the Star and Garter pub in Greenwich with guest speakers, Vice-President of the National Conservative Convention Charles Heslop and the Conservative Women’s Organisation Regional Chairman for London Sally Roberts.

Senior Members of Greenwich Conservatives also showed up to display their support for the new committee included Cllr. Eileen Glover, Group Whip on the Council, Mark Elliott, Chairman of Middlepark and Sutcliffe ward and Thomas Turrell, Deputy Chairman (Membership & Finance) of Greenwich Conservatives. Joylon Bryce, Deputy Area Chairman (Political & Campaigns) for London South-East Conservative Future also came along to show his support for the cause. Chairman of Greenwich Conservative Women; Gemma Robinson thanked the range of officers, both men and women, for taking the time out of their diaries to come and support the event saying it showed “The Conservative party as a whole supports the concept and practice of helping women gain the experience needed to go further in politics, rather than the Labour parties discrimination tactics that do more damage than good to women in politics”.

Charles spoke of the importance of getting the women back on board of the Conservative party and said that it was young women that needed to do this, congratulating the group for its young faces. Charles spoke of his mothers experience of being told off for not wearing a hat when she first joined the Conservative party and how it had changed, he also spoke of her delight when he told her he would be addressing the launch of Greenwich Conservative Women. Charles also spoke about Nadine Dories and Louise Mensch, most likely to be the most famous Conservative Women at the moment, and how the party needed to get the women it does have at the top more to the front.

Sally then addressed the group, speaking of her time trying to get selected for a Parliamentary seat and how times had changed since then. She spoke about women in the Conservative party have all worked for where they are and re-affirmed CWO’s opposition to all women-shortlists and the discrimination used by the Labour party to make them the party of fake-equality not real equality.

Both Charles and Sally wanted to add their praise to Gemma and her team for organising the event were both impressed that this was the first event Gemma had organised. Charles and Sally then both took questions from the floor. The event was a great success, both Charles and Sally both thanked Gemma and her team for organising the event, which made a profit for the Federation. At the end of the event Gemma thanked her committee for the support in  making the event such a success.

The staff at the Star and Garter were friendly, warm and welcoming, the food they prepared for the event was great. Gemma said “It was great to see so many people here tonight and great to hear from both Charles and Sally. I am glad to see the new committee has so much support and look forward to raising more money for the Federation in the future”.