The Conservative Party is a nationwide organisation representing and involving people with a diverse range of backgrounds, interests and concerns. It is a broad church, which encourages open debate and accepts differences of opinion.
What unites the Party are the core Conservative principles which provide our foundation.
Conservatives believe in less interference from the State - freedom for individuals, families, voluntary groups and businesses.
Conservatives want to keep taxes low and set businesses free from red tape to help Britain compete in the global economy.
Conservatives stand for the rule of law and support for all members of our society. We recognise our duty to protect the environment for future generations.
Conservatives want to safeguard the Union of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, maintain strong defence and uphold our right to national self-government. We want to be in Europe but not run by Europe.
Structure of the Association
The Torridge and West Devon Conservative Association is the Conservative Party local unit of organisation within the forthcoming Parliamentary Constituency. Conservative Associations were originally set up to promote the Conservative Party following the passing of reform laws in the 19th century. Since then, their role as the grassroots local campaigning presence of the Party has continued to evolve.
The Association's rules are based upon those set out in Schedule 7 of the Conservative Party constitution. All members of the Conservative Association are automatically members of the Conservative Party. Similarly, those who join the party centrally and who live locally are automatically members of the Association, though the Association receives no financial benefit from members who join centrally.
The Association is self-funding, its structure and organisation is sustained by the voluntary work of members campaigning and fundraising locally. Unlike the party centre, there is no substantial donor base of high net worth individuals prepared to make large donations, though some members give more than others according to individual means.
Members are served by local branches based upon either towns, wards or parishes. In addition the constituency is divided into four administrative 'divisions' based around the five largest towns in the constituency - Bideford, Holsworthy, Tavistock and Torrington.
The Association employs a constituency organiser and maintains fully equipped offices in Holsworthy.
The Officers of the Association together with the constituency organiser form the Management Team.
The Management Team reports to the 'Executive Council' of the Association, which is the governing body of the Association. All local branches have elected representation on the Executive Council as do Councillors and Divisional Committees.