The Conservative Party is the most democratic of the main political parties, simply by the fact that it is the members who elect the leader and choose who is going to be their parliamentary candidates. (You must be a member for a minimum of three months before voting in party ballots).
Any person living in the United Kingdom is eligible to join the Conservative Party. Applicants are not required to be registered voters or UK nationals. There is no upper or lower age limit on membership, although children under the age of 15 cannot be enrolled as full voting members.
The party is run totally on donations from members, so like our policies, we are also the most economically sound party. The current membership fee has, on the 1st January, been raised from £15 to £25 per year. This is in comparison to the Labour Party who charge £36 and the Liberal Democrats who ask for a whopping £42
Those under 22, pay just £5 per year and have the opportunity to join Conservative Future for those under the age of 30-whose members range from school children through to students, up to graduates and those who are well established on a career path.
Because the party runs totally on donations we run a Patrons Club for those members who want exclusive access to pre-dinner drinks with our Guest Speakers-usually Shadow Cabinet members if we can wrestle them away from their busy schedules-and want to help the association by paying for the privilege. The current charges are £120 for individuals or £180 for couples. As well as the benefits listed below for joining, the Patrons Club Members also receive one free Dinner Event per year.
The payment of ANY of the membership fees will;
- get you a free copy of our regular membership newsletter-Bluelink
- a chance to vote in party ballots (subject to a minimum membership period of 3 months)
- invitations to association, regional & national events (Everything from a local coffee morning to Black Tie Dinners with members of the Shadow Cabinet)
- Most importantly, you will have the opportunity to influence Party policy by letting us know your views. We are in the process of establishing our own Conservatve Policy Forum. But in the meantime please feel free to use our Feedback Form for any ideas you may have.
Conservative Policy Forum
The Conservative Policy Forum, has a long history within the Conservative Party as a means by which Party members' views are sought on the important issues of the day and brought to the attention of the Party leadership. The CPF plays a vital role within the Party and is at the heart of our policy renewal process. Since its relaunch in January 2002, briefs on a range of issues have been prepared, including health, transport, youth crime, education, pensions, the environment and business and regulation. Some extremely useful and important views have been fed into the leadership.CPF membership throughout the country is flourishing. Groups hold regular meetings, often inviting a local expert or practitioner in the relevant policy areas to give their views; these meetings have been particularly successful in coming up with acute insights and practical examples. This is the opportunity for members to contribute their own views directly to the policy renewal process. Through the Research Department under its Director, John Glen, members can rest assured that their responses are all read and taken into account with a summary of members' views being passed on to the relevant Policy Group Chairs.
Whether you decide to join the Association as a member or not, you are always welcome to help us through the year or at elections when we are campaigning, or just simply join us at non-political events to have the oppurtunity to socialise with like-minded individuals.
For information about joining Sefton Central Conservative Association please contact us.