Highlights From the London CF Conference

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Yesterday London Conservative Future ran a day long conference which I am pleased to say went very well. Luke Springthorpe and his team deserve a lot of credit for the interactive sessions and the high quality of the speakers. It was at times also quite revealing.

The day started off with Gavin Barwell who issued a warning about the change in demographics in outer London working against the Conservative Party. But in the Q&A suggested concern that a lack of experience in local government would be in place for the most likely two or three candidates that will be selected to fight the Mayoral open primary. Mind you one of the candidates Andrew Boff was in the room ...

Boff, who actually did not give a speech specifically about his London campaign, took part in a debate on democracy in London. In it he proposed ‘original’ idea of creating a Southern Powerhouse  including the commuter belt which would ‘annex’ half of Essex and Kent. I doubt this will thrill the highly proud people of the neighbouring London counties …

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Boff's map of a Southern Powerhourse

Thankfully Boff assured the room he is not trying to build a new empire in southern Britain. He is trying to solve the problem of taxation without representation for all those people around London who work there but have no say in the city. These are the sort of problems the Conservatives on the GLA are trying to solve and you can view these via #ToryReports. All Hail Emperor Boff …

Finally there was Syed Kamall appealing to the audience to back him to be the new London Mayor. Kammall came across not only as competent but also hilariously with self -demeaning jokes coming left, right and centre. He is certainly going to bring comedy to the campaign trail. Yes we Kamall? ...

Elliott Johnson is the Political Editor of Conservative Way Forward.

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