Julian meets with new and existing Members at Coffee morning

Members new and existing joined our MP, Julian Smith, for a Coffee Morning on Saturday 5 November.

It was great to see so many people come together and give Julian a chance to speak to them about current political issues after a dramatic year.




Conservative Party Conference 2015

Members-Coffee-(002)Some of our Members attended the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester in October – the first with a majority Conservative Government in 19 years.

Our Member of Parliament Julian Smith met with Members during the event and thanked them for their continued support. He said:

“The Conservative Party Conference this year was as busy as usual and it was good to meet with Skipton and Ripon Conservative Association members on Tuesday. The conference was a great success and capped off by a brilliant speech by the Prime Minister showing his vision for Britain for the years ahead.”

Julian welcomes key Association figures to Westminster


Last week, Deputy Chairman of Skipton and Ripon Conservatives Bernard Bateman and his wife Linda, together with Margaret I’Anson from Ripon, came to visit Julian in his Westminster Office.

They had all been following the European Referendum Bill closely since the 5 July 2013 when James Wharton, Member of Parliament for Stockton South, introduced the Bill into Parliament and were delighted that the Second Reading the vote was passed with such a resounding majority.

Association Christmas Bazaar

Thank you to everyone who helped with the Skipton and Ripon Conservative Association’s Annual Christmas Bazaar at Skipton Town Hall on Saturday 13 December.


Volunteers, led by Chairman Simon Myers, were involved in the kitchen preparing the ever popular bacon sandwiches, on stalls selling bric-a-brac and clothes and with baking some excellent cakes and treats which went down well with visitors. Particular mentions go to Pam Heseltine, Pat Revill, Pauline Barnes and Felicity Hey for their fantastic baking.

Thank you to all who gave up their time to help.

Supporting Keighley Conservatives in Addingham


Julian Smith MP and ten members of the Association, led by President Jill Edwards, joined an Action Day in Addingham supporting Keighley and Ilkley Conservatives and their excellent MP, Kris Hopkins. 

Thank you to those who joined the Action Day:

  • Jill Edwards
  • Andrew Dawson
  • Nathan Hull
  • James Stafford
  • Sandra Crawford
  • Tanya and Chris Graham
  • Alan Sutcliffe
  • Chris and Ronnie Hawksworth

Prime Minister meets Tour de France community groups from Skipton & Ripon

The Prime Minister has met representatives from community groups who had organised events for the Tour de France.

On the eve of the event passing through the Skipton and Ripon constituency, David Cameron was in Wetherby.

He met with leaders from Masham, Skipton and Ripon to hear about their work preparing for the world’s biggest annual sporting event through their areas.

They had been invited to meet the Prime Minister by our MP, Julian Smith, who also was at the event.

Skipton and Ripon businesses featured on national television

butchers_ppbTwo businesses from the Skipton and Ripon constituency have been featured on national television in the Conservative Party’s latest Party Political Broadcast.

Skipton’s Northern Paper Board and Pateley Bridge’s Weatherhead Butchers were highlighted during the five-minute focus on the efforts being made to promote small businesses by the Government.

Both are enjoying success and growing thanks to the entrepreneurial spirit and vision of the owners and Julian Smith MP, as the Conservative Party’s Small Business Ambassador for Yorkshire, nominated them as good examples to be featured in the broadcast.

Julian said:

“I am delighted the Conservative Party has chosen to showcase two businesses in the Skipton and Ripon constituency in the latest Party Political Broadcast shown on BBC One, BBC Two and ITV.

“I have visited Northern Paper Board and Weatherhead Butchers and seen for myself the hard work and dedication of the owners and their staff to grow their business despite the challenging economic times we have faced.

northernpaperboard_ppbThe broadcast is another example of the work the Conservative Party is doing to support hardworking risk-takers and small business owners and, as the Party’s Small Business Ambassador for Yorkshire, I am proud of the work we are doing.”

More details on the Conservative Party’s policies for small businesses are available at http://www.conservatives.com/Information/smallbusiness.aspx

Ripon Councillors join the Conservative Party


Two senior Ripon City Councillors have joined the Conservative Party.

Current Mayor Mick Stanley and previous Deputy Mayor Sylvia Brierley previously sat as Independents but will now join the Conservative group on the City Council.

Both will continue to represent their wards on Ripon City Council and Cllr Stanley will now contest the Moorside Ward for the Conservative Party in May’s elections to Harrogate Borough Council.

Cllr Mick Stanley has served as a Ripon City Councillor since 2003. He represents Moorside Ward and is currently serving his second term as The Right Worshipful The Mayor of Ripon. He is currently a self-employed consultant and was a senior manager in the museum sector before he took early retirement.

He said:

“I am delighted to be joining the strong Conservative team standing up for Ripon and look forward to working with existing and new colleagues in the weeks and months ahead to improve the life for residents and businesses in the city.

“I have been convinced by the work of our Councillors in Harrogate and Ripon, together with our excellent Member of Parliament, that the Conservative Party is the right home for me, and I look forward to being able to speak to those who voted for me about why I have made this decision, which I hope they will support.”

Cllr Sylvia Brierley represents Moorside Ward and has been a member of the Council since 2007. She also works for several Ripon charities, including being on the Board of Trustees of Ripon CVS. Now retired, she spent most her working life in higher education, administration and finance.

She said:

“I am passionate about Ripon and its future and believe the Conservative Party share that vision. I will continue my tireless work for every resident in my ward, and across the City, in the future.”

Welcoming Mick and Sylvia to the Conservative Party, Julian Smith, Member of Parliament for Ripon, said:

“Mick and Sylvia are first and foremost outstanding community leaders who care about the City they live in and work for. Their decision to join the Conservative Party reflects the work we have put in to support the development of the City, grow its economy and ensure it has a strong and prosperous future. I am looking forward to working with them as part of our already excellent Conservative team in Ripon.”

Bentham Autumn Supper

The Bentham Branch of Skipton and Ripon Conservatives held their annual Autumn Supper on Saturday 16 November.


Julian Smith re-selected by Skipton & Ripon Conservative Association

At its Executive Council meeting on 9 November 2013, Skipton & Ripon Conservative Association re-adopted Julian Smith MP as the Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for the next General Election in 2015. 

In doing so, members praised Julian’s commitment and hard work in all parts of the Constituency.

Chairman, Cllr Simon Myers said:

“Julian has impressed everyone, not just Conservative members, by his activity in support of numerous issues benefitting Skipton & Ripon. He has fought for faster broadband, for support for the Tour de France and generally on rural issues and issues of concern to businesses and especially small businesses. We were delighted to agree his re-adoption unanimously.”

Julian Smith MP said:

“I am delighted to have been re-selected by the Skipton and Ripon Conservative Association as their candidate for the next General Election. It has been, and continues to be, a privilege to represent this Constituency at Westminster and to be unanimously endorsed as the Party’s Parliamentary candidate for the next election is a great honour.”