Unity and hope are key to a Conservative victory
Clare Ambrosino, Founder of Project Hope discusses the importance of uniting the Conservative party, ahead of the launch of Project Hope tonight.
On June 16th 1941, Winston Churchill gave a speech from London which was broadcast to the University of Rochester in New York state.He was accepting his honorary degree and wanted to use his speech to shore up relations with our American cousins.
He stated, quite poetically, that: “It has given me great comfort and inspiration to feel that I think as you do, that our hands are joined across the oceans and that our pulses throb and beat as one.”
Churchill was of course reaching out his hand to try and bring the Americans into the second World War, but if we jump forward some 77 years, the wisdom behind his words, that two different groups can comfort and inspire one another despite their divisions – be they physical or otherwise – is as poignant a point now and it was when the fate of the world was being carried on British shoulders. In 2016 the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union.
This vote saw members of the Conservative party split between the Remain and Brexit camps.
This split was bitter and saw associations tear themselves apart, members of parliament and councillors engage in blue on blue arguments and even today, there are those on both sides who are forgetting Churchill's very simple truth: that whilst we may be divided, our hearts must still beat together as one Conservative Party.
After all, we are not the owners of the Conservative party. We are its guardians and if we falter, we risk losing everything that the Conservative party has worked so hard to achieve over its long history of sound governance, whilst handing power to a Labour party so unsuited to Government, that the thought of them in Downing Street should shake us all to our very core.
That is what Project Hope is about. We are a new grass roots movement aimed not at fighting the battles of the past but at healing the divisions in the Conservative party and ensuring that we are a successful electoral force going forward into the post-Brexit world.
More than that though, Project Hope is about building a think-tank for the Conservative party that embraces a pragmatic approach to policy decisions, looking for sensible solutions to the modern day problems faced by those voters that abandoned us in 2017 believing that we had run out of ideas.
To that end, we will be working with MPs, Councillors, candidates and grass roots members to ensure that the legacy of Brexit is no longer a road block for us, but is instead cathartic, allowing us room to grow and expand, bringing us together as opposed to blowing us apart.
We have hope for a new beginning for the Conservative Party. A new renaissance of centre-right thinking and we want everyone to be a part of that because, as Churchill also said in his speech: “When great causes are on the move, stirring all men's souls, drawing them from their firesides, casting aside comfort, wealth and the pursuit of happiness in response to impulses at once awe-striking and irresistible, we learn that we are spirits, not animals, and that something is going on in space and time, and beyond space and time which, whether we like it or not, spells duty.”
Our duty is clear. We must put aside the divisions of the past and pull together for a better, Conservative, future for our nation.
So join us and special guests tonight at 6pm in the function room of the famous Barley Mow, which can be found at 104 Horseferry Rd, Westminster, London SW1P 2EE
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