Conservative chairman pays a visit

PUBLISHED: 09:21 05 February 2009 | UPDATED: 21:41 31 May 2010

Pictured (from left) Cllr Keith Eden, Sir Alan Haselhurst MP, Eric Pickles MP, Cllr Julie Redfern, and Constituency Association chairman Anthony Russell

Pictured (from left) Cllr Keith Eden, Sir Alan Haselhurst MP, Eric Pickles MP, Cllr Julie Redfern, and Constituency Association chairman Anthony Russell

LOCAL Conservatives were given a major boost when party chairman Eric Pickles MP paid a visit for a good old-fashioned political supper . The straight-talking Yorkshireman addressed dinner-goers at the packed function at Saffron Walden Conservative Club

LOCAL Conservatives were given a major boost when party chairman Eric Pickles MP paid a visit for a "good old-fashioned political supper".

The straight-talking Yorkshireman addressed dinner-goers at the packed function at Saffron Walden Conservative Club in Museum Street.

He gave an account of what the party has to do to win the next General Election before fielding a robust question and answer session.

Chairman of the Conservative Clubs and chairman of Saffron Walden Conservative Association town branch, Cllr Keith Eden, said Mr Pickles' visit was an ideal way to boost the profile of the club and to raise funds.

"The club has been in a precarious financial position and we're in the process of rescuing that," he said.

"It is part of our strategy to grow in terms of revenue and to get local and national politicians into what is an excellent venue.

"More importantly, it's about reviving an interest in politics.

"We were lucky to have such a big-name guest, someone who has recently got himself promoted, in Eric Pickles.

"It was a really successful, good old-fashioned political supper.

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