Boston and Skegness Conservatives welcomed a significant rise in membership at its recent 2016 AGM, and appointed a new team of officers to encourage further growth and secure Conservative Councils and a Conservative Police and Crime Commissioner over coming years.

The AGM was told that in 2016 the Association had seen welcome improvements in membership levels and fundraising. But outgoing chairman Mr Mike Gilbert said it would continue to focus on getting new members and raising further funds to campaign.

Mr Gilbert said last May’s elections had been a bigger success than local Conservatives could have hoped for, returning a Member of Parliament in Matt Warman and a strong or ruling presence on local councils. But he added: “Elections cost money and there is a need to replenish reserves. We have the Police and Crime Commissioner elections in 2016 and the county council elections in 2017.”

The following officers were elected for the coming year: president, Mr Dudley Bryant; chairman, Cllr Tom Ashton; deputy chairman (policy and campaigning), Mr John Cowpe; deputy chairman (membership and fundraising), Mr Daniel Elkington; hon treasurer, Mr Geoff Wray.

MP Matt Warman said “The annual Conservative Party AGM provided a chance for me to ask members what they felt about government policies to cut taxes and raise wages, as well as reform welfare. I emphasised that, as in the campaign, I want to be an accessible, local Member of Parliament who is available to all my constituents, from Ingoldmells to Fosdyke, and who is a real part of the local scene. I know that that, along with local confidence in Conservative policies, an active Association with excellent social events is what’s driving our successful membership increase and improved fundraising, and will continue to do so in the future.”

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