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Welcome to the Tamworth Conservative Association Website

Tamworth Conservative Association is made up of many members across the area and aims to build a better Tamworth Constituency by promoting the Conservative cause.

The Association has the responsibility for supporting and raising funds for our elected MP, Christopher Pincher, as well as Conservative candidates in Local and County Council elections .

With an active social calendar, suitable for all ages, Tamworth Conservatives organize a wide range of activities from pub quizzes to formal dinners and drinks receptions.

We invite you to join us at any time throughout the year.

To learn more about membership and what we do please contact us or you can join immediately online by clicking here.

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Town Turns Out to Say Farewell to a True Gentleman

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015
Cllr Alan ‘Chippy’ Lees BEM

Cllr Alan ‘Chippy’ Lees BEM

Family, friends and residents of Tamworth filled St Editha’s Church yesterday to say farewell to Alan “Chippy” Lees BEM.

At the start of the service, current and former politicians from across Tamworth’s political divide formed a guard of honour for former Castle ward Cllr “Chippy” Lees who passed away on Monday 23rd February.

St Editha’s Church was filled with both tears and laughter as the tributes to Chippy flowed.  Revd Ray Khan told the packed congregation how Chippy used to sit at the back of the church and say keep the sermons and hymns short, he also Chippy was in the same in council meetings.

Revd Khan said Chippy told him, “If you have nothing to say, don’t say anything.”  He also said Chippy was once sat in a council meeting that was going on and on and he stood up and said, “Mr Mayor, can you please hurry up and end this meeting or I will leave, because my dinner will be cold.”

Revd Khan talked about Chippy’s love for judo and how on one occasion in Tamworth’s Castle grounds, some young people had music blasting away.  Chippy asked them to turn the music down and was greeted with abuse and one young man stood up and said, “What are you going to do about it?” Chippy then used his 4th dan black belt in judo and both the young man and the ghetto blaster ended up in the River Anker.

Revd Khan then said to the congregation, “If Chippy was your sensei, stand up now” and the church was filled with people standing in tribute.

Following the church service, Chippy was laid to rest in Wigginton Road cemetery at a private family service.

Chippy Lees was a true gentleman who was proud to live in Tamworth and represent his neighbours and friends on Tamworth Borough Council and he will be sorely missed.

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Message from David Cameron

Monday, March 30th, 2015

David Cameron 02Five years ago, millions of people were unemployed, there was no economic security for our families and there were worries about whether our country could pay its debt.

Britain was on the brink.

Five years later, because of our long-term economic plan and the difficult decisions we have taken, we have more people in work than at any time in our history, living standards are on the rise and we are more economically secure.

Of course we haven’t fixed everything, but Britain is back on its feet again.

1000 jobs are being created every single day. 760,000 more businesses have started up.

Last year our economy grew faster than any other major advanced economy in the world – meaning more people getting that job offer and more families hopeful of a better future.

This election also takes place at a time when the world is dangerous and uncertain.

So we need strong leadership to safeguard our national security as well as our economic security.

That’s why in 38 days’ time, Britain faces a stark choice.

You can choose an economy that grows, that creates jobs, that generates the money to ensure a properly funded and improving NHS – as well as a Government that will cut taxes for 30 million hardworking people.

Or you can choose the economic chaos of Ed Miliband’s Britain – over £3000 in higher taxes for every working family to pay for more welfare and out-of-control spending. Debt will rise and jobs will be lost as a result.

Ed Miliband pays lip service to working people while planning to hike taxes and increase debt.

After five years of effort and sacrifice, Britain is on the right track. This election is about moving forward – and as Prime Minister, that is what I will deliver.

Thank you,

David Cameron

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Conservatives Win Key Free Trade Vote in Brussels

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

EU USA free trade agreementWest Midlands Conservative MEP Daniel Dalton, lead negotiator for the ECR Group on the Internal Market Committee (IMCO), has lauded Conservative victories in a key vote on the proposed free trade deal with the USA.

IMCO members voted to endorse key Conservative objectives, backing a comprehensive agreement that protects investors, without limiting the scope of a deal before negotiations have even seriously begun.

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership has huge potential to deliver significant economic growth and new jobs to the UK, with independent analysis estimating that removing existing barriers to trade, including tariffs, regulatory differences and market access limitations, will deliver as much as £10 billion annually to the UK economy.

After the vote, Mr Dalton said, “This vote signifies that the European Parliament is serious about negotiating a free trade deal with the United States.  A comprehensive agreement with America will deliver jobs and growth to the UK, you cannot achieve that if investors don’t feel safe, and if options are taken off the negotiating table too early, so I welcome today’s result.”

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Christopher Pincher Announces “Best Tamworth” Competition Winners

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015
Chris Pincher MP with Jenny Humphries and Kate Casey of The Kitchen café in Marmion Street Tamworth

the overall winners Jenny Humphries and Kate Casey of The Kitchen café in Marmion Street Tamworth

Local MP, Christopher Pincher, has announced Tamworth’s best pub, restaurant, shop and market stall as votes for by the public.

Tamworth’s best pub, restaurant, shop and market stall as votes for by the public has been announced by local MP, Christopher Pincher.

Mr Pincher asked local residents to vote in his quest to find the best and most popular traders in the town.

Local shops, pubs, restaurants and market stalls were each given bundles of voting papers to give to their customers to vote.  The poll was also run online and hundreds of local people got involved.

Mr Pincher said, “We have many wonderful and unique independent retailers, restaurants and market stalls here in Tamworth and in our surrounding villages.  I believe it is important that we celebrate and support our local traders so they are here for generations to come.  That is why I ran our own “Best Local Shops, Restaurants and Market Stalls 2015” campaign.”

There were four categories for people to vote on –best pub, restaurant, shop and market stall.

Each category winner receives a certificate and a one-hour e-commerce session with Product Nation.  There is also a special prize for the most votes across all categories and that winner will also receive a £50 voucher for printing and design from The Printing Shed printing company.

The competition closed on 20th March with a final flurry of votes before they were all counted.

The winners of each category are:

  • Pub: Ubar, Church Street
  • Restaurant: The Kitchen Café, Marmion Street
  • Independent shop: Mercian News, Victoria Road
  • Market stall: J L Fruit

The overall winner, the trader who got the most votes, is The Kitchen on Marmion Street.

Mr Pincher added, “This competition was very closely fought and many businesses and residents came back to my office for nomination forms again and again.  I am really pleased so many businesses took part and I thank them all.  I would like to congratulate the winners and especially the overall winner The Kitchen, just down the road from my office.”

The winners will receive their certificates and winners prizes shortly.

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Christopher Pincher Supports Alzheimer’s Society’s General Election Campaign

Saturday, March 21st, 2015
Christopher Pincher MP with Alzheimer’s Society Ambassador Angela Rippon

Christopher Pincher MP with Alzheimer’s Society Ambassador Angela Rippon

On Tuesday 17 March Tamworth’s MP Christopher Pincher pledged to make this election memorable by taking action to support the 850,000 people living with dementia across the UK.

Mr Pincher joined over 200 other MPs and representatives from Alzheimer’s Society, including the Society’s ambassador, Angela Rippon, in Westminster to meet people with dementia and commit to support those affected by the condition.  On the day, Mr Pincher discussed local dementia issues with Ms Rippon and supported Alzheimer’s Society’s general election campaign.  It is calling for more people to get the dementia diagnosis they need and for everyone to be properly supported afterwards.

Mr Pincher said, “We all have a part to play in improving the lives of people living with dementia.  There are around 1,099 people living with the condition in Tamworth – and many more who are in regular contact with family and friends with the condition. It is an issue we absolutely cannot afford to ignore.”

Alzheimer’s Society campaigners were in Westminster to urge MPs to make this election memorable for all those affected by dementia.  The charity is striving to ensure that more people get a diagnosis and the support they need, that there is a doubling of spending on dementia research and that communities are encouraged to become dementia friendly to ensure people with dementia can live full and active lives.

While in Westminster, Alzheimer’s Society supporter Shelagh Robinson, 73, who was diagnosed with dementia five years ago, delivered a petition with 67,375 signatures to the Prime Minister.  The petition calls for everyone diagnosed with dementia to have access to a Dementia Adviser or Support Worker – a named contact who can help them come to terms with the diagnosis and guide them through the complex health and social care system.

George McNamara, Head of Policy and Public Affairs at Alzheimer’s Society said, Dementia is the biggest health and care challenge our country faces – one that all of society must respond to. By the end of the next parliament more than a million people will be living with dementia.  There is unlikely to be a family in the country that is not affected.

“We are pleased to have been able to engage over 200 MPs in one day. Christopher Pincher has a huge influence in Tamworth and we hope he will use this opportunity to take action and improve the lives of people living with dementia. 2015 is set to be an important year for politics – but together let’s also make it an historical year for people with dementia.”

Alzheimer’s Society is the UK’s leading support and research charity for people with dementia, their families and carers.  Click here to find out more about Alzheimer’s Society.

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Local MEP Says No to EU Army by Stealth

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

No to EU ArmyDaniel Dalton, Conservative MEP for the West Midlands, has criticised attempts to create an EU army by stealth.

After Jean Claude Juncker’s call for a European Army, the European Parliament’s Internal Market Committee has produced an opinion calling for the European Commission to publish its delayed Green Paper on control of defence assets, alongside its 2014 Roadmap ‘Towards a more competitive and efficient defence and security sector’.

The Roadmap states that a “European approach” to defence procurement is needed to “ensure an appropriate level of European autonomy in defence and security”.  There are strong fears following Mr Juncker’s comments that with the Roadmap and Green Paper, which remains shrouded in secrecy, the European Commission is seeking to gain control over member states security and military assets.

Speaking in the European Parliament Mr Dalton said, “Conservative MEPs will not tolerate any attempt to creep towards a European army by stealth, defence should remain entirely under the control of national governments.

“The UK’s independent defence capability is not up for negotiation, if defence spending in the rest of Europe is not at the same level as in Britain then other member states need to spend more, not seek to exploit the UK’s resources for their own ends.

“Jean Claude Juncker may talk about wanting his own private army, but Conservative MEPs will fight to ensure this dangerous proposal never becomes reality.”

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