William Hague promised in "The Fresh Future" that the Conserfative Party would involve members more. They would be able to participate and would be listened to on policy. There was to be a Spring Forum at which every member of the Party would be invited. What is the reality?
The Conserfative Spring Forum starts at 2.30pm on Saturday 1st April and closes at !PM on Sunday 2nd April.
The Forum will be in session for 6.5 hours. Of this time ordinary Party members will be able to speak for a total of approximately 2 hours. Each contribution from the floor will not last more than 1 minute. There is not a single motion for debate, so there will be no votes. Thus democracy in the Conserfative Party is destroyed. No involvement, no participation, no say, no vote. Who are responsible for this? - The Committee on Conferences, the members of which are all appointed. They are not accountable to the membership so they safely ignore them. This is not the way for the Party to attract new members. Will we ever learn?