Last week, Sir David Amess MP, attended the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham alongside local councillors Cllr Bernard Arscott and Cllr Meg Davidson. As well as enjoying the speeches from the PM, Cabinet and party members, the MP met with various charities, campaigners and organisations to engage with issues raised and lend his support to a number of campaigns.
The MP was delighted to meet with the Charities Aid Foundation to discuss their work supporting charities right across the country, and was keen to hear how they are helping charities based within the Southend West constituency. Sir David was proud to nominate two local charities, Fair Havens and Nazareth House, to the Charity Wall of Fame at Conference as recognition for all the fantastic work that they do for the community.
Also in Birmingham, Sir David visited the Visa Great British High Street stand to hear about their ‘My High Street’ initiative to support local highstreets, and what more can be done to promote highstreets in Southend West and encourage more local businesses to set up shop.
This year marks 100 years since the end of the First World War, and at Conference Sir David lent his support to the Royal British Legion’s Thank You 100 campaign to remember and honour the sacrifice of our Armed Forces and Veterans and commemorate this very special centenary.
Amongst the various charity organisations, Sir David met with the Alzheimer’s Society to discuss dementia care reform and addressing the current demands on the social care. The MP also reconfirmed his support for their campaign to fix the dementia care system. Also in attendance at Conference were the British Red Cross, and Sir David was delighted to meet with the charity to discuss the vital work they are doing across the globe on humanitarian issues.
Many innovative and important campaigners set up stalls in Birmingham, amongst them Sir David was encouraged to hear from the BE10% Good Campaign group about the introduction of the E10 fuel, and lent his support for their campaign for greener petrol. The Southend West MP was also thrilled to discuss with the Religious Education Council the importance of high quality religious education, and backed their campaign for promoting religious education for all pupils in schools across the country.
Speaking after the conference, Sir David commented ‘It was great to be back at the Conservative Party Conference for another year. I had a fantastic time both in the main hall listening to the speeches by my parliamentary colleagues, and throughout the conference meeting with a range of charities and campaigners to hear about the wonderful work they are doing and I was glad to lend my support to so many brilliant causes.’