Kent Area Management Executive (of which I am an elected member) organised a seminar on Saturday 25 July 2015 to allow local Associations an opportunity to contribute to county's submission to Lord Feldman's review of party organisation.
Attendees were divided into four groups each with a "moderator" from Kent Area and each in turn were asked to discuss the four main topics highlighted in Lord Feldman's terms of reference:
- Membership and Activist Engagement
- Organisational Structure
- Deployment of Resources
- Candidate Selection
It was an interesting and useful meeting and an excellent example of what our Area Committees should be doing to encourage participation and involvement. Credit is due to Kent Area Chair, Andrew Mackness, for proposing the meeting and to the four moderators (Samir Jassal, Jane Martin, Allan Sullivan and Rupert Turpin) for leading the discussions. Thanks also to those Association officers and activists who gave up their Saturday morning to attend.
One of the reasons we organised this was in response to a number of Associations which complained that the two CCHQ organised evening meetings (in Guildford and London) were not convenient for those who work or have evening family or council commitments. It is a shame that none of the Associations who made such comments managed to attend or send any representatives on Saturday either!