Who We Are And How The Association Is Run
The Beckenham Conservative Association (BCA) is open to anybody who supports the Conservative cause. The Association is one of 600 plus Conservative Associations which are part of the National Conservative Party.
BCA works within the constitution of the Conservative Party but as with all local associations it is run and paid for by local people.
The Association is run by an Executive which is comprised of representatives from the six Bromley Borough Council wards which make up the constituency. These include all the Conservative councillors who represent Beckenham wards together with other representatives nominated by the local ward Conservative branches.
The Chairman, Deputy Chairmen, Treasurer and up to three other officers of the Association are elected at the Annual General Meeting which is held in the spring of each year. All paid up members are entitled to attend and vote. The officers are responsible for the day to day running of the Association and report directly to the Executive, which meets quarterly. The Executive, with the advice from the officers, decides the Association’s policy. The Association has a number of honorary officers who are elected at the AGM on the nomination of the Executive. The posts are Patron, President and Vice Presidents.
The Association exists to promote the Conservative cause throughout the Beckenham constituency and to work for the election of Conservative Party candidates at local, London, national and European level. We receive no funding from the national party and the money we spend is raised by members and supporters throughout Beckenham in the form of membership subscriptions and fundraising events. We pay a quota based on membership to the National Conservative Party to help the Party with national campaigns and the maintenance of the national Campaigning HQ.
The money we raise locally enables us to run the local office (including utilities, rates etc), to pay for a part-time secretary, to fund information literature and produce election leaflets. Our twice yearly In Touch (which has a separate edition for each of the six wards) is distributed by our members to every one of the 40,000 houses in the constituency and costs us over £3,000 per issue.
Our major fundraising event is an annual dinner and we also hold regular informal events including BBQs and Quiz Nights. Many fundraising events are organised at a local ward level by the local Conservative branches. These, like the Association events, are both social and political, and the wards also pay a quota to the Association each year.
History of the Beckenham Constituency
On this page you will find a brief history of the constituency and information on constituency boundary changes that came into effect at the the General Election held on May 6th 2010.
The Beckenham Conservative Association was formed in 1948 when it was decided that the population of Beckenham merited a separate parliamentary constituency. The new constituency elected its first MP in the General Election in February 1950. From time to time the Boundary Commission has altered the boundaries of the Beckenham Constituency.
At the General Election in 2010, the Beckenham constituency boundaries changed. The constituency still includes Coney Hall, Copers Cope, Kelsey and Eden Park, Shortlands and West Wickham as before. However Bromley Common and Keston and Hayes 'moved' into the Beckenham constituency from the Bromley and Chislehurst constituency. Two roads in Bromley Common and Keston Ward, namely Holwood Park Avenue and Ninhams Wood, which were in the Orpington constituency, also joined Beckenham in 2010.
Clockhouse, Crystal Palace, Penge and Cator wards now form part of Lewisham West and Penge constituency, together with four wards in Lewisham Borough. For news and updates please visit pengematters.co.uk.
Useful websites covering politics and government.
The contents of these sites do not necessarily reflect the views of Beckenham Conservative Association or any elected representatives for the constituency.
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Parliament Parliamentary business including progress of bills; the parliamentary timetable; information on the Government and the Opposition; and transcripts of all debates in the House of Commons, House of Lords and Select and Standing Committees (Hansard).
They Work for You Provides links to Hansard speeches and written answers, organised by date, topic or MP.
GOV.UK The best place to find information on government services, departments and agencies with links to many useful external organisations.
Bromley Council Information including contact details for all services delivered by the London Borough of Bromley.
For information on individual wards and councillors please go to the specific ward and councillor pages.
Greater London Authority The official website for the Mayor of London and the Greater London Authority. Lists jobs, press office, publications, site map and contact details.