Friday, 10 October 2008

Tory Bear beats the Press release

Press Release

Conservative Future

Friday 10th October 2008

Anastasia Beaumont-Bott is resigning from the National Management Executive

Anastasia Beaumont-Bott is today resigning her post on the Conservative Future NME. She immediately gives up her regional responsibilities as well as her voting rights on the Executive. She will keep her role within the CFSAN (CF Social Action Network) to assist with the important handover to the next Executive.

In a letter enclosed Anastasia sets out her reasons for stepping down.

Commenting on her resignation the National Chairman, Michael Rock, said:

"I have today accepted Anastasia's resignation from the Executive. Since her election in March, Anastasia has made an incredible contribution to the Executive and Conservative Future. In particular, her work with Social Action has helped to make a serious mark within the Party as to the influence of our organisation. I am happy though that she is going to stay with the CFSAN role until the handover next year, which will further ingratiate us within the Party and the wider conservative movement.

"Anastasia has also contributed to a significant phase of evolution for Conservative Future, which will enhance the effectiveness and reputation of our organisation. Her role within CFSAN will continue her personal commitment to CF. We have lost a very effective member of the Executive, but I entirely understand her reasons for stepping down and support her in her new endeavours.

"I want to thank Anastasia very much for all the hard work she carried out, the contribution she has made and the effectiveness of her efforts."


For more information contact Richard Jackson (

Anastasia's resignation letter:

After giving it much thought these last couple of months, I have decided to resign from my position as a member of the Conservative Future National Management Executive. It is with great regret that I have come to this decision and I am grateful for everyone who voted for and backed me during my campaign.

I ran on a platform of change. I wanted to put an end to the lies, the bitching and the gossiping and transform Conservative Future in to a professional, responsible and united organisation which this party could be proud to call its future. Those around me warned me against becoming involved in Conservative Future – they warned me of the bad reputation it had within the party, but I stuck to my guns and insisted I wanted to help bring about change – remind us we were all on the same team, remind us what we were fighting for, and help introduce new forms of activism and campaigning through social action. Instead I have found myself at the centre of the very accusations, lies, and gossip which I campaigned to stop – some of them just plain silly, some of them more serious and upsetting to me on a very personal level, but all of which false. I have been shocked and appalled by the calculated level of gossip mongering that happens in Conservative Future and now no longer believe the change I once promised is possible.

In resigning, I want to be able to dedicate more time to my position as founder of LGBTory. We have recently been personally endorsed by David Cameron and I want to be there every step of the way, to watch the organisation grow, to watch our achievements unfold and to congratulate our members who I am so proud off and thankful for each and every day for their hard work and determination. I also wish to continue my work in social action. Social action has taught me the true meaning of politics and is probably what has kept me in Conservative Future for so long. I aim to continue my work there as a social action liaison figure and look forward to developing the many ideas which I am working on currently right across the country with local Conservatives. I don't want to wait for the day after a general election to make the changes our party advocates, and through LGBTory and Social Action, I hope to begin helping to make those changes today.

I thank Michael Rock and continue to offer him my full support as a fellow party member and as a confidante who I admire and respect greatly. I also thank those on the NME who I have grown close to as both colleagues and as friends, and thank them for their continued support and trust. Conservative Future could be an amazing organisation if we would only just let it, get over ourselves and remember we are all fighting for the same thing. The turning point came when I met a Conservative who told me he wasn't renewing his party membership because he didn't want to be a part of Conservative Future. Our behaviour is turning people away and I cannot be a part of that anymore. Please stop and think about what the public gossiping does to the image of our organisation.

I look forward to dedicating more time to LGBTory and social action and maintaining the close friendships I have made through my involvement with C.F. I am also at the beginning of my degree in Medieval Islamic History, and I dare say my resignation will be a welcome move by my tutors as I will be able to dedicate more time and effort to my studies, which by the way are going pretty good.

Lastly, I thank those who have reminded me what we are fighting for and who have made me realise what truly matters – you know who you are and your kind words will never be forgotten. Onwards and upwards to bigger better things!

Thank you,

Anastasia Beaumont-Bott

So there we have it, ABB is gone. There were rumours flying around about this all through conference. TB once again beat the CF press guru adding further proof that is your number one place for CF gossip. This release was due to sent out tomorrow afternoon but seems TB might have quickened things up a little...

TB is going to sleep on it before he passes comment or judgement on this development in the reform saga, he will say this though...

This is certainly going to have an impact on future NME votes and will there be a replacement?

At least the ducks of Richmond pond are safe...


SquarePeg said...

"...further proof that is your number one place for CF gossip..."

On the day that ABB resigns, citing poisonous CF gossip, is that really something to be proud of, TB?

Anonymous said...

I would like to wish ABB all the luck for the future. I would also like to say that i think it is really sad that it has had to come to this, and its time we all took a long hard look at ourselves and ask, do i treat others in the way that i would want to be treated? Its time that people grow up and start to behave in the way that we should be i.e. the Conservative Party Future. We want the public and the Party to take the CF seriously, and not see us as a bunch of young people in fighting and bitching at each other! Rant over!!!

Anonymous said...

yay!!! Well dune TB!

Anonymous said...

First for gossip? TB she resigned at Conference, Catch up!

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