The Management Team runs the Association on a day-to-day basis, together with the Officers, according to policy determined by the Executive. Members of the Management Team are elected each year at the Annual General Meeting. Voting last took place on Friday 19th March 2021.
The Management Team is:
- President: Mr John Vickers
- Chairman: Councillor Paul Bell ([email protected])
- Deputy Chairman (Membership & Fundraising): Councillor Dr Philip Irwin ([email protected])
- Deputy Chairman (Political): Councillor Helen Harrison
- Treasurer: Councillor Brian Skittrall ([email protected])
- Member: Councillor Jennie Bone
- Member: Councillor Tim Allebone
- Member: Mr Thomas Pursglove MP
- Member: Councillor King Lawal
- Member: Councillor Gill Mercer
- Member: Councillor Steven North
- Member Councillor Andy Mercer
- Patron: Mr David Surtees
Who we are:
We are the Wellingborough Conservative Association, and we are a part of the Conservative and Unionist Party, commonly known as the Conservative Party (The Party). As such we are a part of the “wider Conservative family” referred to in the Privacy Notice published on the national party’s website, and this Privacy Notice should be read in conjunction with that, available at www.conservatives.com/privacy and we process data and comply with the standards as set out in that policy.
We undertake our own local campaigning and fundraising activities, and for these we are the data controller. For membership matters and some campaigning we are a data processor acting on behalf of the Party.
Contacting us about Data Protection:
If you have any questions about this policy or for more information about how we use your data or would like to exercise any of your rights you can contact us at:
Wellingborough Conservative Association
21a High Street
E: [email protected]
T: 01933 271207
The association will process your data in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018.
For further information about the information we collect, our legal basis for processing it, and who we share it with, please go to www.conservatives.com/privacy.
How we protect your data:
The security of your data is paramount to us, and as such we ensure that appropriate technical and organisational measures are in place to protect it. We constantly review our measures to ensure that your data is protected from any threats that may emerge.
Your rights over your data
Right of access to your data
You have the right to request a copy of your personal information that we hold. This is commonly known as a Subject Access Request.
We follow the ICO’s “Subject Access Code of Practice” when dealing with requests for access to personal data. You can read this code by visiting https://ico.org.uk/media/for-organisations/documents/2014223/subject-access-code-of-practice.pdf.
Right of rectification of your data
You have the right to request that inaccurate or incomplete information that we hold about you is corrected.
Right to be forgotten
In certain circumstances you can ask for the data we hold about you to be erased from our records. When we do so, we keep the bare minimum of your information in order to continue to respect your wishes when your personal data is next provided to us by a local authority, which is at least annually.
Right to restriction of processing
You have the right to request that we restrict the processing of your data where you are contesting the accuracy of the data or when the data has been unlawfully processed.
Right to data portability
You have the right to have the data we hold about you transferred to a third party organisation and you can ask that we provide it in a machine readable format.
Right to object
You have a right to opt out of your data being used for direct marketing.
If we process your data on the basis of “legitimate interests” or “a task carried out in the public interest” then you have the right to object to us using your data in that way. This right is not absolute and we may continue to process your data if we can demonstrate compelling legitimate grounds for the processing.
Automated individual decision-making, including profiling
We may use computer software to make decisions about you or to create a profile about you. You have the right not to be subject to such a decision or to that profiling where it creates legal effects concerning you or where it significantly affects you.
Making a complaint
If you are unhappy with the way that we have processed or handled your data then you have a right to complain to our Party Headquarters:
Conservative Campaign Headquarters
4 Matthew Parker Street
E: [email protected]
T: 020 7984 8005
If you are not satisfied with the outcome of this, you may contact the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). The ICO is the supervisory body authorised by the Data Protection Act 2018 to regulate the handling of personal data within the United Kingdom.
The contact details for the Information Commissioner’s Office are:
Information Commissioner’s Office
T: 0303 123 1113
A fundraising club for the enjoyment of members.
The Centurian Club was established in March 2002 to mark the new millennium. A draw takes place each month when two £10 prizes are awarded. There is also an annual Grand Draw.
The Grand Draw Prizes are:
- First Prize: £100
- Second Prize: £50
- Third Prize: £25
Annual subscription is £20.00 (does not include membership of the Conservative Party). To join, download your copy of the membership form PDF and return it to us.
Mrs Patricia Raymond
Chairman, Centurian Club
T: 01933 674621
Conservative Women's Constituency Committee (CWCC) is a very active body in the constituency and is part of the national movement.
The CWCC is primarily a fundraising arm of the Association and has a tradition of organising a lot of events throughout the year which are very popular. Political discussion also takes place and comments are passed to the central committee. As part of the activity of the CWCC two luncheons are held each year with a prominent Conservative politician as guest speaker. Our Events page lists the CWCC events. Guests are welcome to attend.
There is no subscription.
Our Calendar page lists the Conservative Women's Constituency Committee events.
Mrs Jennie Bone
T: 01933 279343
Branches represent Association members in their wards. Each branch elects its own officers.
The Branches are:
- Wellingborough Rural North (comprises the wards of Isham, Orlingbury, Harrowdens & Hardwick, Great Doddington & Wilby and Earls Barton, Ecton, Sywell and Mears Ashby)
- Higham Ferrers
- Rushden (comprises wards of Hayden, Spencer, Bates, Sartoris & Pemberton)
- Wellingborough (comprises the wards of Brickhill, Croyland, Hatton, Isebrook, Queensway, Redwell, Rixon, Swanspool & Victoria)
- Wellingborough Rural South (comprises wards of Bozeat, Grendon, Irchester, Strixton & Wollaston)
Members of Branches make up the controlling political group on:
- Higham Ferrers Town Council
- North Northamptonshire Unitary Council
- Rushden Town Council
- Wellingborough Town Council
The Executive provides strategic direction to the Association. The Executive is composed of Officers of the Association, The management team, three representatives from each branch and up to three co-opted members. The Executive also has representatives from the Conservative Clubs, Conservative Future, Conservative Policy Forum, a representative of each Council and affiliated societies.
The Officers are responsible for managing the Association. The Officers are the Chairman, Deputy Chairman (Political) and Deputy Chairman (Membership & Fundraising).
In the 2003 local elections the opposition Conservative group scored an outstanding victory in Wellingborough District, gaining 13 seats to secure an 18-seat majority in the Council Chamber, while in East Northamptonshire the Conservative group increased its majority to 30 seats.
In 2005 following on from the local election successes, the Conservatives regained the Parliamentary seat they lost in 1997; Peter Bone secured a 2.9% swing to the Conservatives to win with a majority of 687.
In 2007 the Conservatives in East Northamptonshire virtually eradicated opposition in the district when they won all but one of the 40 seats in the council chamber. In Wellingborough, the Conservative majority in the 36-seat chamber increased to 24 winning 30 seats at the same time defeating both the leader of the Labour group and his deputy.
In 2009 Wellingborough Conservatives won 4 more seats on Northamptonshire County Council so that all Wellingborough and East Northamptonshire seats on Northamptonshire County Council were held by Conservatives. Conservatives hold all of the 21 seats on Rushden Town Council.
In 2021 the County and Borough/District councils were merged into the North Northamptonshire Unitary Council with councillors from Kettering, COrby and East Northants. In May 2021 Wellingborough Conservatives took 26 out of 27 of the seats on the new NNC and have a majority on the Council.
At the same election a new Wellingborough Town Council was formed and Wellingborough Conservatives hold the majority on that council.
In 2010 the Conservatives increased their majority in the Parliamentary seat to 11,787 and the national party formed a new government in coalition with the Liberal Democrats. David Cameron became Conservative Prime Minister after thirteen years in opposition.
In 2015 the Conservatives once more increase their majority in the Parliamentary seat to 16,397 and the party formed the first Conservative majority government since 1992 with David Cameron as Conservative Prime Minister.
After David Cameron announced his resignation as Prime Minister on 24 June 2016 following the EU referendum, Theresa May announced her candidacy for the leadership of the Conservative Party and quickly emerged as the front-runner. She won the first and second ballot of Conservative MPs by a significant margin and became leader on 11th July and was appointed Prime Minister two days later.