James Cleverly MP: Grassroots activism helped deliver Brexit - the hard work for 2020 must start now

The Conservative Party Conference is just a few days away, and I want to make sure that we start in style with a huge team of campaigners on the ground.

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In Manchester last year, Conservative Way Forward took over 100 activists to Trafford led by local MP, Graham Brady, for an action-packed campaigning session, and this year, I will be taking a bus full of activists to nearby Halesowen to campaign for my great colleague - James Morris MP. He has been the Member of Parliament for Halesowen and Rowley Regis since 2010, winning the seat off Labour with a 7% swing, and increased his majority last year.

It is an exciting time to be a Conservative. Jeremy Corbyn's victory in the Labour leadership contest on Saturday was a real loss for moderate politics. Corbyn has dragged a pragmatic, left-of-centre party to the hard left and created an environment where other MPs feel they need to pander to the hard left as well.

Meanwhile, the Conservative Party is getting on with running the country. I am confident that our new Prime Minister will deliver Brexit and negotiate a deal that is in the best interest of our country. I also know that she will put forward an agenda for government that will make the most of our nation's strengths and set us up for a successful future.

CWF doesn't just talk the talk, we hit the streets and we campaign hard on the issues that matter to us. Don't forget that it was grassroots campaigning that gave our party the first majority government for 23 years, and grassroots campaigning that delivered the UK voted to leave the European Union. Strong grassroots campaigning will help deliver the best results possible at the next General Election and the hard work starts here. 

We’ll be leaving central Birmingham at 11am, and I know you won't want to miss speeches by our new Prime Minister, Theresa May, followed by Boris Johnson, David Davis and Liam Fox.  Rest assured, we will return in plenty of time to get you into the hall should you wish to hear the speeches live.

Then in the evening, everyone who joined us campaigning will be invited for free drinks in a fantastic local pub, the Malt House, just outside the ICC with lovely views of the canal.

Make sure you register on our website to say you'll join us and reserve your seat on the bus. We only have 75 spots available and they are filling up fast! Come and join me and make your first day of Conference special.


James Cleverly is the Member of Parliament for Braintree and the Deputy Chairman of the CWF Parliamentary Board.

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