The City of Glasgow Conservative & Unionist Association upholds the highest standards of governance as a voluntary organisation. It is formally constituted and affiliated to the Scottish Party and UK Party through its affiliated constitution. Although not a registered charity, the organisation follows OSCR guidance on all matters. The organisation annual accounts are examined each year, holds an annual AGM and the Executive committee meets regularly during the year. The Executive is elected by local Glasgow Party members to further the Objects of the organisation.
To provide an efficient and effective organisation for the Conservative and Unionist Party in Scotland ( hereinafter referred to as “the Party”) in the Local Authority electoral area of City of Glasgow.
To advance the knowledge of the Party’s principles and policies and generally to promote the interests of the Party in the constituency
To secure the return of members to the UK Parliament, Scottish Parliament, and Local Authorities by first past the post and proportional representation voting
To offer mutual assistance to neighbouring Associations affiliated to the Party.
To work in close co-operation with the Party, and
To raise funds for these objectives.
The year 2020 was extremely challenging, but despite the Coronavirus restrictions, the Association office bearers have worked hard to push forward and ensure that, where possible, we have been able to update our Association structures and promote the Scottish Conservative & Unionist Party in the city of Glasgow.
Our Annual General Meeting (AGM), which had been scheduled for March 2020, was postponed, due to the Coronavirus pandemic. In line with updated party guidelines and in a first for the Glasgow Conservative Association, we held our first ever online AGM in July 2020. It was a successful meeting with reports delivered and a new team of office bearers elected.
The same online facility was used in October, when we selected our candidates for the next Scottish Parliamentary elections, scheduled to take place in May 2021.
The Treasurer and Chairman have been working on streamlining the Association's banking arrangements. Three bank accounts had been in use, as a hangover from a time when individual constituency associations existed in the city. It was felt that as a single association now, there should be one bank account where all income is deposited and from where all expenditure is paid. At the time of writing, (January 2020), that process is almost complete.
Despite the Coronavirus restrictions, some campaigning did take place during 2020, with approximately 20,000 leaflets being delivered between August - October, on behalf of Conservative councillors in the city.
It is an honour to lead the Glasgow Conservative & Unionist Association and our organisation is fortunate to have such hardworking and dedicated volunteers. My thanks go to Deputy Chairman, Cllr Kyle Thornton; Treasurer, Kim Schmulian and three Vice-Chairmen, Lauren Bennie, Faten Hameed and Naveed Asghar. My thanks also go to our elected representatives who work so hard on behalf of the city and the party - Adam Tomkins MSP, Annie Wells MSP, Cllr Thomas Kerr, Cllr Ade Aibinu, Cllr Kyle Thornton, Cllr Euan Blockley, Cllr David Meikle, Cllr Robert Connelly and cllr Phillip Charles.
The Glasgow Conservative Association stands ready to assist our leadership team, led by Douglas Ross MP, in electing MSPs to Holyrood and delivering a Scottish Conservative & Unionist administration to lead the Scottish Government, which will deliver for Scotland and secure our place in the United Kingdom.
Thank you for your continued support and I look forward to working with all of you in the year ahead to deliver on our objectives.