EU Referendum: In or Out?

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If you had asked me a year ago what my thoughts were on the EU referendum, I would have definitely said that I would vote to leave the European Union. However, since then I think I’ve changed my mind.

In February, my fiancé and I went to Brussels for a mini-break and while we were there we visited the Paralmentarium, a museum dedicated to promoting the EU and what it does. I was inspired and I don’t think I really realised how valuable the EU is as a group of nations. A couple of days later we went on a tour of the chamber itself. Again, it made me realise how important the EU can be.

I do think it’s important that Cameron et al. renegotiate with the EU to reclaim some powers. I do find it rather alarming that so much of our legislation is from Europe and we need to limit that, in my opinion. If the negotiations are unsuccessful then I think we, as Conservatives, must advocate a vote to leave the EU but this was sadden me greatly. I hope that we can get some powers back from Brussels; then, and only then, will I be voting to remain part of the EU.

In the next couple of years, we must be careful that the Party doesn’t become too divided. As discussed at Epsom’s Policy Forum on Friday, members should be able to campaign for either side and shouldn’t be dictated to by the Party at large. Fingers crossed that the upcoming negotiations go well.


Conservative Policy Forum

Conservative Policy Forum Meeting Friday 15th May at 7.30pm “That was the election, now what?”


Free meeting at our office at 212 Barnett Wood Lane, Ashtead KT21 2DB to discuss the election and what might happen now, be it locally or nationally.

Drinks and nibbles will be provided.  This will hopefully be a far more jolly meeting that we might have expected a week ago!

EECA Campaigning Update

“Dear Members and Supporters

Chris Grayling will be out and about tomorrow Thursday 16th April as follows:

11.30-12.30  Epsom Town Centre – outside the Ashley Centre at the Spread Eagle junction entrance

1-2pm             Ashtead Village Centre and then Lower Ashtead shops

2.30-4pm       Auriol schools (starting outside The Mead infant school in Newbury Gardens) and then Stoneleigh Broadway

4.30-5pm       Nork shops

Please come along and support him during these “walkabouts” in our local centres.

Hustings – Thursday 16th April 

Do come along and support Chris Grayling at the only constituency hustings to be held at St Pauls Church, 15 Northey Avenue, Cheam, SM2 7HS on Thursday 16th April 6.30pm for 7pm start.


We are out canvassing daily, in local teams, throughout the Borough. If you are willing to help, but have not been contacted, please let us know!


There will also be a lot of leaflets to be delivered in the next few weeks. Again if you are willing to help and have not been contacted please let us know.

And importantly let me take this opportunity to thank the many volunteers who have already been out delivering leaflets, knocking on doors and so forth.

Mutual Aid

Sutton – as previously mentioned anyone willing can just go to their office at 2a Sutton Court Road, SM1 4SY and they will find some useful work in this key marginal.

We also attach the campaign plan with forthcoming canvassing dates.

Best Regards

Jose Fiuza


Epsom & Ewell Conservative Association

PO Box 164, Ashtead, Surrey, KT21 9BS

Tel: 01372 277066

Email:  <

Office opening hours 10am-2pm Monday-Friday

The next 5 years:

“At the heart of our manifesto is a simple proposition: we are the party of working people, offering you security at every stage of your life.

If you’re looking for training or a good job; if you want to buy your own home; if you’re raising a family and need help with childcare or a great school place; if you fall ill and need to rely on our NHS; if you are reaching retirement and want real security – we are there for you.

These past five years have been a critical period for our country.

Together, with the hard work of the British people, we have rescued our economy, created record numbers of jobs, and put Britain back on her feet.

But the next five years are much, much more important.

We are on the brink of something special. And our manifesto sets out how we will make this a country where those who work hard and do the right thing can enjoy a good life:

The personal tax-free allowance raised to £12,500
No 40p tax until you’re earning £50,000
The family home taken out of Inheritance Tax
£8 billion more a year for our NHS – so it’s there for your family, 7 days a week
Rail fares frozen for five years
Welfare controlled to reward work
Multinationals pursued so they pay their tax
The Right to Buy extended to 1.3 million extra families
30 hours of free childcare a week for working families with 3 and 4 year-olds
Everyone earning the Minimum Wage lifted out of income tax altogether
We have come this far together. Let’s not waste the past five years and let Labour drag us back to square one – instead, let’s build on the progress we have made.

So volunteer to help our campaign today – and together, we can finish what we’ve begun and build a brighter, more secure future for your family and our country.

Thank you,

David Cameron”

Horley Canvassing Update 

Thanks to everyone that has turned out in the last fortnight, and I hope to see an even better turnout this week.

Monday 13 April
Tomorrow night, Horley Conservatives will be canvassing inWest ward for Borough candidate David Jackson, doing Horley Row, Chequers Drive and Southlands Avenue. We shall meet at 6pm on Horley Row opposite the junction with Bakehouse Road. If we have sufficient people, we will split into two teams  – one covering Chequers Drive and Horley Row in one direction, and the other team to do Southlands Avenue and Horley Row in the other direction.

If you are running late tomorrow night and need to find the canvassing team, Valerie’s mobile is 07977 621104 or mine is 07969 019905 (I am hoping to be there on time this week!).

Tuesday 14 April
On Tuesday evening, we shall be canvassing in Central ward for Borough candidate Andrew Lynch, doing the evens side of Balcombe Road and roads off. Please leave cars on Limes Avenue or The Coronet, but meet at the junction of Balcombe Road and Meadowcroft Close (there is NO space for non-resident vehicles on Meadowcroft Close, and The Close opposite is a private road).

Due to a Carnival meeting prior to the HTC meeting, neither Valerie or I will be out canvassing on Tuesday – Jan will be leading canvassing and can be contacted on 07869 622228. I hope that the town councillors not involved in the Carnival meeting can put in an hour’s canvassing before the L&A meeting please!

Election update
For those that have not already heard, the Horley Town Councillors were mostly unopposed in their wards. David Jackson, James Baker and Henry Randall have been duly elected to the North West ward (along with Residents’ Association councillor Mike George); Simon and Valerie Marshall and Adrian Kitajewski have been elected to the North ward (one vacancy remains); Richard Olliver and Jerry Hudson have been elected to the North East ward; Kevin Etheridge and Samantha Marshall have been elected to South East ward and Jamie Baird, Surrinder Banwait and Helen Davies have been elected to South Central ward (along with Labour’s Linda Mabbett).

The only ward where an election will be fought is North Central, where David Powell and Fiona Stimpson are fighting for the two seats against Geoffrey Smith of Labour.

Please bring a rosette to wear if you have one, and I hope to see you at canvassing soon; we need every last bit of support we can muster to get Sam, Andrew and David, David and Fiona elected. (NB Spare rosettes are now in stock – £2.50 each if anyone wants one?)

Thanks and best wishes

Secretary, Horley Branch
East Surrey Conservative Association

01293 201908 / 07969 019905

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Team 2015 Dates

Dear Helen,

We have 27 days to go before the most important election in a generation and I wanted to ask if you can help out on our upcoming action days and stop Ed Miliband from getting into No10. and wreaking chaos with economic incompetence and higher taxes.

With postal votes coming out over the next few weeks, we need to make sure we’re putting in a huge push on the doorstep. We need to take the initiative in this crucial election and get out a large share of our vote in advance of May 7th.

The key campaign days in your area are below, please click the links for the further details and to sign up:

18/04/2015 ENFIELD NORTH
18/04/2015 WATFORD
19/04/2015 HENDON
20/04/2015 TWICKENHAM
24/04/2015 SUTTON & CHEAM
26/04/2015 HARROW EAST
26/04/2015 HARROW WEST

We can win this, but we need you to sign up and join the fight.

These days are pivotal and in such a tight race, they could make the difference. We must make the case for a strong Conservative team, over a weak Ed Miliband in Downing Street. 

Thank you, in advance, for all your help.

Best wishes,


The Rt Hon Grant Shapps
Chairman of the Conservative Party

P.S. If you would like to help out in another area, please do reply to this email and let us know where, so we can get back to you with more detail.



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EECA Update


Dear Members and Supporters


Just 4 more weeks to election day


If you’re going to be away on May 7th have you organised your postal vote?  If so, these will be with you around Friday 24thSaturday 25th April

If you will already be away by then, you can appoint a proxy to vote for you.  Please let us know if you need one of these.




Local teams are out almost every dayaround the Constituency, mainly in afternoons and eveningsIf you can help let us know.


Main canvassing sessions this Saturday 11th are:


10am Ruxley               meeting in Nightingale Drive, off Chessington Road, contact Stephen Pontin, tel: 07852 571 040


10.30am Woodcote   meeting Avenue Rd at the Worple Road end, contact Daniel Race, tel: 07968 441 437


5pm College               meeting Albert Rd at the Church Road end, contact Daniel Race, tel: 07968 441 437




Do come along and support Chris Grayling at the only constituency hustings to be held at St Pauls Church, 15 Northey Avenue, Cheam, SM2 7HSon 16th April 6.30pm for 7pm start.


Best Regards


Jose Fiuza



Epsom & Ewell Conservative Association

PO Box 164, Ashtead, Surrey, KT21 9BS

Tel: 01372 277066



Office opening hours 10am-2pmMonday-Friday


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