Douglas Groves, one of our prominent members of BUCF and student of European Politics, Society and Economics, gives us an account of the day.
On Thursday, February 11th, BUCF had both the honour of meeting David Cameron at Edgbaston Association, and the privilege of attending a Cameron Direct session at Bartley Green School.
David Cameron was really impressed by BUCF’s large membership. He thanked everyone for the hard work in supporting our candidates in the target seats. He reiterated that the next few months are really important and that we must continue our efforts to ensure that Deirdre Alden wins Edgbaston. Together, here at BUCF, we will do our utmost for Deirdre Alden and other target seats in the city to ensure a Conservative victory come Election Day.
Next on the agenda was Cameron Direct! The event was held at Bartley Green School, with citizens, councillors and the press in attendance. For those of you who are not already aware, Cameron Direct takes the form of an unscripted question-and-answer session between members of the general public, and Conservative Party leader David Cameron.
Cameron’s performance was excellent. He dealt with the questions with professionalism and clarity, even during a heated confrontation initiated by one audience member. His answers were both firm and direct, notably stating that tuition fees would remain under a Conservative government, and that he supported action by Birmingham Council to reduce costs to help maintain low council taxes, in response to questions by the local press. His reception among BUCF members was excellent, with one BUCF member saying “David Cameron, more than anything, looked to me like a man who is extremely well equipped to lead Britain.”
Overall, the day was a resounding success for BUCF, and once again highlights the reputation of the society in Birmingham and the UK. Given David Cameron’s excellent performance at Cameron Direct, the Conservative Party will undoubtedly enter the general election as the most credible party to confront and tackle the tough issues facing Britain.