It has been an honour to serve as a Vice President of the National Convention. It would be a genuine privilege to be re-elected to serve for just one further year.
I have worked as a volunteer for this great Party of ours all of my life, starting as a Young Conservative. It has always been in my DNA.
You will see from my CV that prior to first being elected as a Vice President, I held positions from Branch Chairman to Association Chairman; from Area Chairman to Regional Chairman.
I had worked within the Conservative Women's Organisation (CWO) as a Regional Chairman and sat on their national committee.
I have served as a Patron of the Conservative Foundation and have also been a member of the Association Finance Board.
I am proud of my contribution thus far but am always acutely aware that for any of this voluntary activity to be successful you need good, sound, solid teamwork. Teamwork is always key to our success.
But in order to establish good teamwork, you need the team. And in order to create the right team, you need members. Active members. I am so proud of the Voluntary Party and the vital part that we played in the last General Election. Without armies of people up and down the country pounding the street, knocking on doors and getting nomination papers signed, there would be no Conservative Party. And no Conservative government.
And so, membership is our Party's lifeblood and increasing our membership is vital. And never more so than following that General Election triumph and the recent Brexit vote.
CWO has been going from strength to strength with their candidate training and professional teamwork, as so clearly demonstrated in the magnificent 2015 election results!
CPF has also spread their net ever wider as they continue to create better communication and teamwork throughout the UK.
Meanwhile, Emma Pidding, our former Convention Chairman always nurtured and strengthened the effectiveness of the Strategy Team via superb teamwork. And her excellent successor, Rob Semple, has most certainly carried on the basis of those fundamental traditions throughout his two years at the helm.
I have been privileged to have served our Party in many ways and in many roles over many years. But, as I say, I could not have achieved anything without first class teamwork.
When first elected to join the National Convention Officer team, I made it my business to focus upon the key priorities which I outlined when seeking election and have been working on strongly ever since – please see my Key Objectives page.
Part of my key responsibilities as Vice President included serving as a Vice Chairman of CPF, and, crucially, being the Board member who liaised with the South East Region and the electorally all-important Midlands - both before and during the General Election. The Midlands which was so absolutely integral to our marvellous electoral success in 2015. There were so many vital Target seats, in both the East and West Midlands Regions, and I made sure that I did my very best to help in any way I could. We fought a tough General Election campaign within all our 40:40 seats but - with teamwork and conviction - we did it. We won outright. A Conservative majority government!
And the next task – now that the referendum is over – is to ensure that we unify the Party once more and start working towards victory at the 2020 General Election. Without unity there can be no team work. Unity is strength. And without that strength, there will be no victory. That is not acceptable. We must unify to win. And win, we shall.