Autumn Term Roundup 2017

This has been a very productive and enjoyable term for the Association in which our members have been fortunate enough to attend Party Conference in Manchester, the Wokingham Conservatives’ annual dinner, and go on our now annual visit to Winter Wonderland. Some other opportunities enjoyed were our first CPF session of the year, Union Union, and the wonderful Resham Kotecha from Women2Win giving a speech on how to become an MP. The legendary Hagueathon also cannot go without a mention, with Harry Stewart being first Member to reach 14 pints. However, the highlight for many was our canvassing session with our wonderful patron, the Prime Minister Rt Hon Theresa May MP in Maidenhead. It was very exciting getting to meet the Prime Minister as she took time out of her packed schedule to meet her constituents, which illustrates quite how hard working Theresa is and that she doesn’t forget the needs of her constituency despite her many other commitments.

RUCA members with Priti Patel MP at the Wokingham Conservatives Annual Dinner

One further even which took place out of term time was a drinks event in Westminster for young Conservatives on Tuesday 19th December at which such MPs as James Cleverly and Priti Patel attended. This event was full of networking and rousing speeches, hopefully laying the groundwork for a wider national youth Conservative movement and greater links between university associations. The Association membership keeps growing and we’re one of the most active societies on campus, though having lost our incumbent Conservative MP and Association patron, Rob Wilson, this serves as another reminder of why it is crucial for as many members as possible to actually pound the pavements in order to win every single last vote.

 

Under the stewardship of our new President this year, Eliot, we have increased our outreach and participation with local Berkshire Conservative associations which has not only resulted in further opportunities to be involved in local politics for our Members, but we have also been grateful recipients of additional support from the Maidenhead and Wokingham associations. Having greater links to our local area associations will hopefully give us a greater platform to offer even greater opportunities in the new year and build upon an incredibly successful first term.