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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Christopher Pincher shares Tamworth’s Road Safety Dashboard

Thursday, August 11th, 2016

20 mph signChristopher Pincher, MP for Tamworth, has drawn attention to the Constituency Road Safety Dashboard developed by the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety (PACTS) alongside Direct Line.

The PACTS Road Safety Dashboard was developed to compare and analyse road casualty data in order to consider the progress already made, and how it can be improved.  It allows analysis of local areas to be run against national scores.  The United Kingdom has a good road safety record but there is still more to do to reduce casualties nationwide.

Mr Pincher said, “It is reassuring to see that Tamworth’s KSI (Killed or Seriously Injured) index is 30% lower than the national average, and that the work being done across the constituency to improve road safety is taking root.

“There are still too many victims of motoring incidents and too many grieving families and we should not take accidents for granted.  There is still work to do and this resource is invaluable to see where we can tailor our action as a community to stamp out road incidents in Tamworth and surrounding areas.”

To explore local results yourself using the Dashboard, visit www.pacts.org.uk/dashboard.

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Local MP Urges Local Residents to Prioritise Fire Safety

Thursday, August 11th, 2016

fire safetyTamworth’s MP, Christopher Pincher, wants to make sure local people are kept safe from fire and to inform of the new services provided by Staffordshire Fire’s new Community Advice Team.

In order to ensure your home is safe from the dangers of fire, you should make sure you have a smoke alarm installed on each floor.

The Community Advice Team has been set up to provide tailored advice on how to protect your home or business from fire.  You can also book a risk assessment, which can include the fitting of equipment or smoke alarms.  Smoke alarms are an important way to ensure extra time for escape in the event of a fire by providing early warnings.

Each death involving a fire is thoroughly investigated and costs the Fire & Rescue Service and other blue lamp services approximately £1million.  So investing in fire prevention and awareness is not just the right thing to do, it is the cost effective thing for everyone to do.

Mr Pincher said, “I urge anyone with concerns about potential fire risks to contact the Community Advice Team now.  The services they offer can allow local people to fireproof their homes and businesses, as well as locate any potential risks that may have been overlooked.

“Do not take the chance of a fire in winter.  People should get their homes thoroughly checked this summer.”

Anyone interested in contacting the Community Advice Team can call 0800 0241 999 between 8am and 6pm from Monday to Friday.

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Christopher Pincher urges Applications for National Lottery Investment in First World War Centenary

Thursday, August 11th, 2016

SommeAs the nation marks the centenary of the Battle of the Somme, Tamworth’s MP has called on local residents to apply for Heritage Lottery Fund money to explore their local stories of the First World War.

Following the success of the Heritage Lottery Fund’s community grants programme ‘First World War: then and now’, an additional £4 million has been made available for communities looking to explore, conserve and share their local heritage from this period.

Grants are available between £3000 and £10,000.  There are already 1,520 First World War projects taking place across the United Kingdom, with communities discovering interesting and inspirational stories of how events such as the Somme campaign impacted their local area.

Mr Pincher said, “It is remarkable to see such a range of projects emerging across the country, with such a variety of inspirational tales from the First World War.  It is important that we remember the impact this war had on our nation, and it would be fantastic to see Tamworth’s heritage remembered as part of this campaign.

“There is still time to apply for National Lottery investment and I would urge anyone in Tamworth with an idea for a project to get in touch.

”My own great grandfather, William Pincher, was killed on the first day of the Somme fighting in the South Staffordshire Regiment.  He came from Darlaston but he never went home.  His body was never found and his name is commemorated on the Thiepval memorial to all those killed on the Somme but with no known grave.

“I hope other local people will see if the Heritage Lottery Fund can help Tamworth unearth more Somme stories from this town.”

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Local MP Calls on Public to Vote for Staffordshire Regiment mascot as “Westminster Dog of the Year”

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

Watchman VChristopher Pincher, MP for Tamworth, is calling on local residents to support Staffordshire Regimental Mascot, Sgt Watchman V, in the Westminster Dog of the Year competition.

The 2016 competition will take place on September 8th in Parliament and will see the canine friends of MPs and peers battle it out to be named Westminster Dog of the Year – a very competitive, and political, event.

The competition is organised by the Kennel Club and the Dogs Trust and the winner is in part chosen by a public online vote. The competition celebrates the unique bond between man and dog – and aims to promote responsible dog ownership.  It is open to all dogs, regardless of breed, creed or “pawlitical” persuasion.

Sgt Watchman V has been nominated by Staffordshire MPs Amanda Milling, Jeremy Lefroy, Andrew Griffiths, Gavin Williamson, Bill Cash and Michael Fabricant, together with Mr Pincher.  The MPs are keen to see our local regimental mascot crowned Parliament’s top dog.

Mr Pincher said, “Watchman is a great Staffordshire icon and is the first military mascot to make it to the short list of the Westminster dog of the year competition.  I call on everyone in Staffordshire and especially Tamworth to vote for him in the competition and help him get the recognition he deserves.

“The Watchman mascot is a unique tradition and is owned by all the people of Staffordshire.  The tradition goes back generations. When a Watchman mascot dies, not only does another take his place, but the old mascot is buried with full military honours.  Something unheard of elsewhere in the country and is a matter of great pride to our local soldiers.  As a mascot of Staffordshire’s fighting men and women, this honour would be shared by them and the whole of the Staffordshire regimental family.”

The mascot tradition of the regiments of Staffordshire (which includes Staffordshire and the Black Country) stretches back to the 19th Century.

In 1882 The South Staffordshire Regiment was ordered to march with Lord Wolseley to the relief of General Gordon who was besieged in Khartoum.  They entrained at Cairo with their Staffordshire bull terrier, “Boxer”. Unfortunately Boxer leapt from the moving train and was seen lying unconscious or dead at the side of the track.  A few days later when the Regiment encamped at Assiut awaiting orders for the final phase of their march, a very thin and bedraggled dog staggered into their camp and collapsed. Boxer had walked for over 200 miles along the scorching desert railway track to rejoin his regiment.

From then on the tradition of having a Bull Terrier as a mascot continued with the battalions until after the Second World War. Since then the mascots have all been called Watchman, with one taking over from previous mascot.

Warrant Officer Greg Hedges, Handler of Watchman said, “It is a great honour to have Watchman recognised in such a prestigious competition. Watchman is a familiar sight at local parades and military events and we hope everyone can get behind him and support his nomination.  It would mean so much for the Staffordshire Regimental family.”

Adrian Burder, Chief Executive of Dogs Trust, explained, “The Westminster Dog of the Year competition is so much more than a canine beauty pageant. The competition is strictly apolitical; judges will be looking for the dog’s good deeds and devotion to their owner – rather than policies, opinions or ‘bottle’.”

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, continued, “The serious side of this competition is about MPs getting together with the Kennel Club and Dogs Trust to promote responsible dog ownership and develop a partnership on dog welfare issues.  The competition itself is light-hearted and an entertaining day out – not least because of the unusual criteria on which the dogs are judged!”

Click here to vote for Sgt Watchman V in the competition.

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Philip Hammond Appointed Chancellor

Thursday, July 14th, 2016

.Philip HammondGreat Britain’s new Prime Minister, Theresa May, has appointed the former Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond as Chancellor of the Exchequer.

Having been in Parliament since 1997, Mr Hammond is one of the Conservatives’ most experienced politicians and it is said that he has long wanted the role of chancellor.

Before becoming a politician, Mr Hammond had a career in business – in the medical equipment industry.

Mr Hammond studied philosophy, politics and economics at Oxford University and is seen as a “fiscal hawk”, which means he believes in prudent public finances.

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The Rt Hon Theresa May MP – the New Prime Minister of Great Britain

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

Prime Minister Theresa MayTheresa May mp has been appointed the United Kingdom’s second female Prime Minister in a private audience with the Queen at which she was invited to form a Government.

Mrs May kissed hands with the Queen in a simple procedure at Buckingham Palace which made her the 13th holder of the post of Prime Minister and First Lord of the Treasury during Elizabeth II’s reign.

Mrs May arrived at Buckingham Palace by ministerial car with husband Philip, having set off from the House of Commons only after receiving the signal that predecessor David Cameron’s resignation as Prime Minister had been accepted by the Queen and that he had advised the head of state to appoint the former Home Secretary in his place.

Theresa May joins Margaret as the second female Leader of the Conservative Party to become the UK’s Prime Minister, a feet not matched by any other UK political party.  Mrs May is also the 9th Conservative Party Leader to hold the post of Prime Minister during Elizabeth II’s reign.

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