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Opinion column by the East Yorkshire Constituency Conservative Association

Cllr David Rudd, Kevin Beaumont, Cllr Jonathan Owen, Cllr Felicity Temple, Sir Greg Knight and Cllr Mike Stathers.
Cllr David Rudd, Kevin Beaumont, Cllr Jonathan Owen, Cllr Felicity Temple, Sir Greg Knight and Cllr Mike Stathers.

The official Conservative body in East Yorkshire remains in great shape and ready to meet any future challenges.

That was the message from the chairman of the East Yorkshire Constituency Conservative Association, Cllr Mike Stathers, when he addressed members at the Association’s annual meeting in Driffield.

Cllr Stathers, who has represented the Wolds Weighton Ward on the East Riding of Yorkshire Council for the past three years, said: “Our Association is in very good shape, both financially and in terms of membership.

“We have a good fighting fund that will enable us to be a real force in every area at next May’s local elections and membership numbers are holding up well and in some areas gradually increasing.”

He added: “This has not happened by accident.

“It is the result of the continuing hard work of members, branches and Association officers and by having a well respected and hard working MP in Sir Greg Knight.”

Cllr Stathers told members that the association had almost completed the lengthy approval and selection process that identifies candidates to be put forward next May.

He said: “There is no doubt that we will have a very strong and able team, a team that will consist of well known, experienced sitting councillors seeking re-election and some very good newcomers going to the polls for the first time.”

Sir Greg told the meeting that while Brexit remained a key focus point for Government, nationally the Conservatives had achieved some notable successes, including economic growth year-on-year since 2010, higher employment in every region in Britain, especially in East Yorkshire, and borrowing levels coming down.

Awards were presented to the Market Weighton branch for making the largest financial contribution to the Association, to Peter Wilson for his work with the Conservative Policy Forum during the past year, to the Flamborough branch for their supper club efforts and to the Driffield branch for their all-round membership and fundraising efforts.

The following officers were elected: President – Michael Lee, Chairman – Cllr Mike Stathers, Deputy Chair (Political) – Cllr Jonathan Owen, Deputy Chair (Membership) – Kevin Beaumont, Vice Chair (Branch Support) – Cllr David Rudd, Vice Chair (Events) – Stuart Wright, and Honorary Treasurer – Corinne Darley.