Forthcoming social and fund raising events from your local Conservatives
On Friday 10 December our long serving Agent and Campaign
Director, Andrew Kennedy, will be stepping down after over 35 years’
service to the Conservative Party, both nationally and here in Kent.
Andrew fought his first election campaign in 1983 – just
after the Falklands War! He has worked and campaigned for the Party ever since.
In that time he has been Agent or Campaign Director for 35 parliamentary
candidates (of which 33 were elected) and 2,150 local government candidates
(with over 2,000 elected). He has also managed 57 by-elections resulting in 17
gains from the opposition, often on record swings. His greatest personal achievement however was
taking Chatham and Aylesford from Kent’s safest Labour seat in 2005 to the 16th
safest Conservative seat in the UK.
I am sure you will agree, it is a remarkable record.
Andrew was also the driving force in creating the Kent
Conservative Group, which was formed in 2012. This brought seven Associations
together under one roof, sharing salary and office costs, releasing extra
money for campaigning. The Kent Group is now acknowledged as the UK's best
example of joint working and is being replicated elsewhere.
And through his
fundraising initiatives (the Kent Draw, 500+ Club, An Audience with..… and the
Sunday Lunch Club) he has raised an amazing £400,000 for local party funds in the
last ten years.
Although Andrew will be retiring from paid employment, he
will still be around as an activist and volunteer. He will remain as a member
of Tonbridge & Malling and Kent County Councils, where he represents the
residents of Aylesford.
I hope you will join me in wishing Andrew the very best of
luck for the future, and will help us mark his retirement with a suitable gift
to reflect an amazing 35 years’ service to our Party.
To make a contribution to his retirement gift,
please click the link below to contribute by credit/debit card or PayPal.
Alternatively, please send a cheque (payable to Kent Conservative Group) to
William Rutherford, Campaign HQ, Suite 2, Business Centre. Commercial Road, Paddock
Wood TN12 6EN
We are hoping to raise sufficient money to help finance a
major refurbishment of his beloved narrowboat (Barleywood) to enable him to
enjoy many more years pursuing his other passion, navigating Britain’s Inland
I hope you feel able to contribute.
Chairman of the Kent Conservative Group
Thank you so, so much Andrew, for all you've done in getting me elected twice, and for all you have done for our constituency. You will be so missed! Wishing you a very happy retirement.Gloria x