Welcome Back from the President

Hello and a warm welcome to our new website. It’s a great pleasure to introduce you to the UCL Union Conservative Society, the most active political – and probably the most sociable – society on campus!

Throughout the year, we host a variety of weekly events including speakers, port and policy debates, pub crawls, curry nights, campaigning, social action, and even international trips. We have had some fantastic high-profile speakers in previous years and this year shall be no exception!
Everyone is welcome, from seasoned politicos to those you just want to know what it is all about. You certainly don’t have to be a Tory! It’s a great opportunity to hear from influential politicians, engage in debates, and most importantly make some great friends.
You can stay up to date with what’s going on by liking our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/uclconservatives. If you have any questions, please do get in touch.

All the best and hope to see you soon!

Nick

End of Year Note

Dear all,

2012/13 has been an a fantastic year, with political and social events every week, including some fantastic guest speakers, a ceilidh ball, think tank parties, debates and the Alumni Dinner. Our activities have also maintained the Society’s position as a mouthpiece of center-right student opinion. All this and the Society has still been in its strongest financial position for years!

The committee for 2012/13 who have done an outstanding job throughout. Thanks go to Matthew, Ellie, Jeni, Louisa, Harry, Harriet, Jack, Will, George and Ned for their dedication and commitment to the Society. None of the activities of the Society would have been possible without their hard work and I am hugely grateful to them.

Next year’s committee is a great group of fresh faces well equipped to build on this success and make the Society even better. They will do a fantastic job at keeping the Society as one of the best and most active in the country, especially when it comes to meeting new friends and new ideas.

See you at one of the events next year!

Matthew Corner

President 2012-13

End of year picnic!

It’s about time we gave you something to look forward to while you all slog through your exams – so it’s time you put our end of year picnic in your diary!

We will be meeting on Saturday 25th May at 12:30pm outside Great Portland Street Station, after which we will proceed to Regents Park where we will have our picnic. As usual, we will make a special effort to be near a toilet, so find us near the Cow and Coffee Bean if you cant make 12.30.

The Committee & Committee-elect will be pulling together a delicious feast; homemade cakes, sandwiches and much more. We shall also endeavor to provide a jug of Pimms or three. If you would like to bring some food to share that would be wonderful. Also, please do bring some alcohol of your own to keep you going through the afternoon (Bottles of prosecco will make excellent bats for a spot of cricket later on too!!).

All we ask is for a small £2 donation from everyone to help cover the costs to the Society.

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday May 25th and do check out the facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/453869091366234/

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Macmillan Cancer Support Cake & Coffee Sale

The coffee & cake sale on May 1st, in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support, was a huge success. It was great to see so many Society members giving up their time to help with this fantastic cause whilst also providing a great service to students while the UCL Union shut its doors on students during the exam period. The stall received support from staff and students alike and was even visited by the provost, Malcolm Grant. The sale raised over £600 for Macmillan, a fantastic achievement.

The events surrounding the charity event were covered by the Huffington Post, you can read their coverage here: www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/05/01/ucl-student-starbucks-macmillan-cancer-scabs-may-day_n_3191620.html?1367420323

Thanks go to Louisa Townson for organising and planning the event and for sourcing cake and coffee donations, as well as all the Society members and others who helped man the stall during the busy morning.

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UCLU Sabbs Condemn Charity Coffee Stall

Last week the UCL Union took the unwarranted decision to close their food and drinks outlets in order to respect ‘International Workers Day’ on the 1st May. This has already disadvantaged many students busy on campus with revising for the stressful exam period and seems even more bizarre when one considers that there is already a bank holiday in May for this very reason.

As a result of this closure, which was decided upon without the input of the students that the union claims to represent, a number of students have banded together to run a coffee and cake stall on campus – outside of the closed cafes. The stall is being funded completely through donations and all proceeds are going to the excellent Macmillan Cancer Research charity. These efforts have attracted support from local businesses and they have even received the coffee needed as a donation from Starbucks.

Predictably, the Union have responded to this effort by attacking those running the stall for undermining worker’s struggles and, by accepting the Starbucks donation, for endorsing workers’ rights abuses. The extraordinary attack on on-campus charity activity concludes that those running the stall are ‘scabbing,’ a pejorative term for those that undermine workers. This disgraceful attack by the Union has been met with understandable contempt by its members, who plan to flock to the stall in the absence of tomorrow’s closures regardless.

You can read the Union’s statement here: uclu.org/blogs/edwin-clifford-coupe/international-workers-day-starbucks

Matthew Corner

Orignally published by Campus Reform UK on 30th April.

www.campusreformuk.com/2013/04/30/uclu-sabbs-condemn-charity-coffee-stall

UCLU disgraces itself again

UCLU has decided to close some of their facilities in the middle of exam season in order to celebrate May Day. While the Sabbs have the day off to go out and drink the rest of us students will be stuck with reduced facilities for things like tea and coffee. Thanks a lot UCLU for putting your politics above our degrees.

Alumni Dinner

It is with deepest pride and greatest pleasure that we welcome you to UCL next Saturday, April 20th, for our Alumni Dinner. Ticket sales have now ended and this event has completely & utterly sold out – we even added an extra table at the last minute due to demand! The praise must go to Louisa Townson for putting in hours of effort to organize this event, as well as members of the committee who have helped to advertise it. We cannot wait for next weekend – it will be magical!

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18.30
Champagne Reception in UCL South Cloisters

Enjoy the smooth sounds of jazz whilst you sip on a few glasses of champagne and catch up with faces old and new, all in the splendor of the UCL Cloisters.

19.30
Move through to the Old Refectory 

Join us for some wise words from our excellent guest speaker, Rt Hon Peter Lilley, several more glasses of wine and a delicious three-course meal. Our speaker, Peter Lilley currently represents the constituency of Hitchin & Harpenden. He was a Cabinet minister during the Thatcher & Major governments. Also, if you haven’t already, and you have a ticket then *please* choose your dinner here: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/8PDBXYN

22.00
After party: Bourne and Hollingsworth
Once we’ve all finished our meal we will head to Bourne & Hollingsworth where we have reservations for all our guests. We will finish the night celebrating in style all that UCL Conservatives have achieved 2012-2013! http://www.bourneandhollingsworth.com/

We very much look forward to seeing you next weekend and please do remember the dress code for this event is black tie. If you have any questions or queries then get in touch with the society via email [conservative.society@ucl.ac.uk] or contact any member of the committee on facebook or twitter. See you soon!