Wednesday, June 27, 2012

CWO hosts summer drinks party in Westminster

Dr Sarah Woolaston MP and CWO Chairman Katy Bourne, CWO Summer Drinks Party © Annabel Yates Photography

On Wednesday June 20 the Conservative Women’s Organisation hosted a summer drinks party. The event took place in the garden at Conservative Central Headquarters in Westminster. Over seventy people attended the event and we were joined by four female MPs.

Katy Bourne, CWO Chairman, welcomed the guests and asked Helen Grant MP to select the winning ticket for the raffle. The event was a huge success and many guests stayed on till late to enjoy the good weather and to catch up with other members.  

Several members of the CWO Executive from across the UK were also present following their meeting earlier in the day. We were joined by representatives from as far afield as Devon, East Midlands and even Scotland.

Theodora Clarke, Julie Iles and Helen Grant MPCWO Summer Drinks Party   © Annabel Yates Photography
Katy Bourne said: "Thank you to all those who attended and supported our event on Weds.  It was good to see many familiar faces and to welcome so many new members.  Particular thanks to Helen Grant MP, Harriet Baldwin MP, Dr Sarah Wollaston MP, Fiona Bruce MP and the team at the Candidates Department who came to support us and were so generous with their time."

Helen Grant MP said: “I was delighted to attend the Conservative Women’s Organisation’s summer reception.  It was very good to meet with so many women actively engaged with politics.  Several of those I met have been short-listed for the new Police & Crime Commissioners and they will certainly bring a new perspective to local policing  should they go on to be elected in November.  I also met the CWO Senior Officers who give a great deal of voluntary time to train and support other women taking up roles in public life.  Many thanks for the invitation – and keep up the good work.”

Harriet Baldwin MP said: “It was a pleasure to meet so many interesting and impressive women who are considering getting more active in Conservative politics.  I was delighted to offer advice from my own experience and am always happy to be a mentor to help women negotiate the process.”

Fiona Bruce MP said: “It was great to meet so many enthusiastic CWO members of all ages, already making a real and positive difference in politics in many different ways- and keen to do more.”

Harriet Baldwin MP, CWO Summer Drinks Party  © Annabel Yates Photography  
Dr Sarah Woolaston MP said: “It was great to meet so many women who are getting the Conservative message through and getting things done in their own communities. Thank you to the CWO". 

It was great to see so many members from across the UK from Area Chairs to students who have recently joined the CWO. 

We look forward to seeing our members at future events including our fringe panel discussions at the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham and forums later in the year.

Theodora Clarke, CWO Director of Communications

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