UK Politics

Conservative Party: Members to get more involved in policy development

News   •   Oct 04, 2010 12:14 BST

Delivering her platform speech on the opening day of the Birmingham conference, she stressed the need to harness the talent and creativity of the mass membership, encouraging them 'to work with experts and practitioners in their communities', and help identify the future challenges faced by the country.

'That is why we are setting out plans to engage Conservative Party members with long-term policy development. We are committed to giving our members a real say in how policy develops. We believe that they have a huge amount to offer, and we want to make sure that their voice is heard,' she said.

While the Coalition Government has already unveiled a five year programme for change and reform, new challenges will present themselves from 2015 and beyond, so it will be immensely helpful for individual members to play their part alongside the newly-invigorated Conservative Policy Forum and help think through further policy moves needed in the longer term.

'Our Party in government has been at its best when it has continued to think and develop policy. So we want our members to get involved and look at some of the big issues, like how we will rise to the challenge of an ageing population and other demographic changes; how we will keep our nation and citizens safe amidst new security challenges at home and overseas; and how we will strengthen the family, help the vulnerable and poor in our society, and tackle the causes of poverty,' Baroness Warsi added.