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p3 - Welcome from the Chairman p4 - ASDCA Xmas Draw p5 - Competition p6 - Nick Herbert MP

Editor

Gary Markwell

p10 - 5 Simples Messages p14 -Annual Dinner 2013 Review

Contact Us ASDCA, 38 High Street, Steyning, West Sussex, BN44 3YE BlueSky Magazine is produced and published by Arundel & South Downs Conservative Association. Reproduction of any of the features, titles, photographs or advertisements is strictly forbidden without written authorisation from the publisher. Page 2

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Welcome Dear Members and Supporters. Welcome to this the first issue of BlueSky Magazine – the purpose of which is to keep you all posted on our activities. My enjoyable term as Association Chairman will come to an end at our March AGM. It has been quite an eventful time, we as an Association have enjoyed some great events and our Branches have continued to successfully support the Party locally and nationally. The Executive Commitee of the Association has now re-selected Nick Herbert and I wish him every success in the 2015 General Election when we will not only be working hard for Nick but also supporting Simon Kirby the Member for Brighton Kemptown which is a target seat which we need to retain to have a realistic chance of forming a Conservative Government.

Sue receiving the Association Prem ier League certificate.

During my term of office we not only said farewell to our Secretary Jackie Rayner but also to our much loved Agent of 16 yrs Russell Tanguay and we of course wish them both every success in their lives after ASDCA. However we have welcomed to our team Gary Markwell who will be spending the coming year getting to further know you all. I am confident that I will be leaving the running of ASDCA in very capable hands.

Association Chairman

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2013

ASDCA XMAS DRAW

In 2013 Arundel & South Downs Conservative Association launched our brand new Xmas Draw, with all prizes being won by local members. The draw took place at the Association Annual Dinner on the 11th December, and was drawn by the Co-Chairman of the Conservative Party, Lord Feldman. The winners were:

1st Prize

Margaret Easton

This year the first prize was Tea with Nick Herbert MP won by Margaret Easton from Steyning branch.

(Steyning)

2rd Prize

A Christmas Hamper Lawrence Paine (Graffham)

3rd Prize

A Magnum of Champagne George Walker (Arundel)

2rd Prize

A Christmas Hamper Gordon Marples (Hassocks)

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South Downs Calendar Are you a keen photographer? If so why not enter our brand new competition to be featured on the South Downs Calendar for 2015? We are looking for interesting, beautiful and unusual photographs of landscapes and buildings from around the Arundel & South Downs constituency. Twelve lucky winners will each be chosen to be featured as a month on the South Downs Calendar, which will be professionally printed and distributed throughout the constituency. Email your photograph, along with your name and a name for the photo to: agent@southdownsconservatives.com Deadline for entries is: August 31st 2014.

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NICK HERBERT MP Dear Member, The economic outlook is increasingly encouraging. The economy grew throughout last year, with manufacturing the fastest growing sector, and strong jobs growth to match . Yet, far from reflecting on why they’ve been proved so wrong, Labour has called for the re-introduction of a 50p top rate of income tax. This is despite the evidence that, far from bringing in extra per revenue , punitive tax rates are damaging. Labour now only have a narrow lead in the polls, and they are not as far ahead as they should be at this point. We can go into the election with a powerful message: do voters really want to risk handing control back to the team who crashed the economy, and who still believe in higher spending and borrowing? Locally, planning is a big issue , and I have been making a strong case to protect our villages from unsustainable development. There is a national need for more housing, which is unaffordable for young people . But conserving the countryside also matters, and infrastructure is inadequate . We must allow the local decision-making which we promised to councils.

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Two infrastructure improvements will make a big difference to us locally. I’m pleased to say that, following my broadband summit, there is now a plan to ensure that every household in West Sussex has access to


broadband by 2016, with over 95 per cent able to get superfast speeds. Second , upgrading the A27 would boost the local economy and protect the South Downs from ‘rat-running’. We are making progress improvements at Chichester are going ahead , and the Government is conducting a formal study into solutions at Arundel and Worthing. We must now make a concerted local case for the ‘coastal highway’ needed . Finally, I am absolutely delighted to have been re-selected by the Association as your Conservative candidate for the General Election next year. It is a privilege to represent this fantastic constituency, and I will continue to do everything I can to work hard for my constituents, stand up for local communities, and be a strong voice at Westminster for your concerns. Thank you for your support for the Party at this important time . Yours faithfully

THE RT HON NICK HERBERT MP Working hard for local people

House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA 020 7219 4080 nick@nickherbert.com www.nickherbert.com

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In November Nick visited a Winter Wonderland in Storrington, the first seasonal food and crafts market organised by the Friends of Storrington First School.

Nick supported the first UK ‘Small Business Saturday’ with a visit to Petworth in December.

Nick called into Slindon’s Pumpkin Festival in October to see the spectacular annual display of pumpkins and squashes.

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Nick visited the village of Steyning in October to judge a shop window display competition. The winner was The Cobblestone Tearooms.


In October Nick reiterated his strong n opposition to a proposed new tow ad. between Henfield and Hickste

Nick faced ‘question time’ at St Lawrence Primary School in Hurstpierpoint in November.

Nick visited Hassocks Community Cycle Hire in October to se e how they are encouraging cycling in the South Downs National Park.

ncern group in Nick visited the Age Co The Centre Hassocks in December. yone over 55 to provides a place for an e part in a wide meet, make friends, tak share a meal. range of activities and BlueSky Magazine

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Pick any economy topic. Whether it is living standards; debt and deficit; public spending; taxes; business growth; house building; jobs‌ You name it, all these have one inescapable fact at their centre. Labour left Britain poorer. Recovery will be difficult, and slow. This is not a political argument for the TV studios. It is a fact.

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Written by The Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP Co-Chairman of the Conservative Party


alls “Miliband and Ed B y. wrecked our econom ing Now, they are attack up us for not cleaning gh” their mess fast enou

The Office for National Statistics has reassessed the depth of Labour’s Great Recession. From peak to trough, 2008 to 2009, Britain’s national income shrank by 7 per cent. It was a loss of £3,000 for every household in this country. £112 billion pounds, wiped off our economy. One of the sharpest contractions of any economy in the world.

immigration, enabling people to own their own home, and helping small businesses to create jobs. Only the Conservatives will deliver a sustainable recovery.

When Labour try to talk about living standards rising more slowly, that is what they really mean. Britain has been living through the aftermath of Labour’s economic calamity. Miliband and Ed Balls wrecked our economy. Now, they are attacking us for not cleaning up their mess fast enough.

This is the Conservative mission in Government. Not for some abstract reason: but because we want to leave our children a country that is prosperous again. We want to build a Britain with pride and purpose, that can afford the essential public services we need and be compassionate to those who are Labour have gimmicks for focus- suffering. groups. But only the Conservatives have a serious plan for the long-term. On the doorstep we have to Only the Conservatives can be trusted keep it simple. So here are to go on taking difficult decisions: five simple facts: reducing the deficit, cutting taxes, controlling welfare, crime, and BlueSky Magazine

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We are cutting income tax for 25 million people. This is already saving you £590 a year on average.

We are freezing fuel duty: cancelling the damaging tax rises that Labour planned. This is saving you £11 every time you fill up the tank.

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We have a credible long-term plan for our economy, helping to keep mortgage rates low. Just a 1 per cent rise would push up the average family’s mortgage bill by £1,000.

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We are cutting taxes for British businesses, helping to create jobs. Overall, 1.1 million more people are now working compared to the election.

We are cutting Labour’s record peacetime deficit in public spending. The battle lines for 2015 are becoming clearer. We have an effective Conservative team, working to a detailed plan. David Cameron is standing up for Britain on the world stage. He leads a Conservative Party on the side of people who work hard and do the right thing, versus Labour who haven’t changed and would put Britain’s recovery at risk.

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like in Parliament, Labour will go on opposing the difficult decisions we are taking. But we should have a simple, positive answer on the doorstep this year. With us, you are keeping more of your own money. With us, there are a million more people in work. And with us, we will sort out Labour’s mess in our public finances.

Ours is a message of hope and Labour will spend the next 16 hard work. We have 16 months months scaring people. We have left to make that case before seen it before in 2010, and sadly polling day. we will see it again. It is the same old Labour. At a local level, just BlueSky Magazine

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The 2013 Arundel & South Downs Conservative Association Annual Dinner took place at The White Swan near to Arundel on Wednesday 11th December with Lord Feldman, Co-Chairman of the Conservative Party, as our guest of honour. With over 60 members of the Association in attendance, from all areas of the constituency, the evening was a hugh success. Lord Feldman delivered an encouraging speech trumpeting the achievements that the Party is making in Government, and stressing the hard work that lies ahead on the road to 2015 to ensure that a Conservative majority is returned at the General Election.

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The Arundel & South Downs Patrons’ Club is an exclusive club open to members of the association with a maximum membership of 100 members. The Club hosts two events every year, our annual dinner, which is held in a prestigious venue in central london, and our annual reception, which is held in the constituency. We attract some high profile and interesting guest speakers such as william hague, david davis, john major and lord tebbit. The Patrons’ Club also plays an important role in raising significant funds for the Association. If you would be interested in becoming a Patron of Arundel & South Downs Conservative Association, please contact: tel: 01903 816880 email: patrons@southdownsconservatives.com Page 16

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