CONSERVATIVE Party Chairman, Richard Holden MP and Sir David’s successor Anna Firth MP for Southend West, have proudly introduced the Sir David Amess Fund in Southend West, honouring the legacy of the late MP’s impactful community campaigns.
The fund, established by former Party Chairman Greg Hands at the Party Conference, is open to all Conservative Members of Parliament. Its purpose is to support outstanding single-issue campaigns within constituencies.
Two winners annually will each receive a £5,000 grant to amplify their campaigns and current Southend West MP Anna Firth, will help select the winners.
The Party Chairman has reached out to constituents across the country to ask them to reach out to their Conservative MPs, to share ideas for impactful local campaigns that will make a difference to their communities. This initiative provides a unique opportunity to commemorate Sir David Amess by actively contributing to positive change nationwide.
The official launch event was held on Thursday December 14, in Old Leigh.
Mrs Firth said: “I was delighted to welcome the Party Chairman to Southend West today for the official launch of the Sir David Amess Fund.
“When it was announced at Conference earlier this year, I believed it was a fantastic initiative and one I am certain Sir David would have appreciated and be proud to have his name on.
“Sir David was a tireless champion for Southend and his constant campaigning to make Southend a City was well documented. I hope this campaign will see other Conservative MPs apply to the fund and receive money for crucial projects and campaigns that will really benefit their constituents and I look forward to working with the Party Chairman and CCHQ to choose the winners.
Mr Holden added: “It is a real joy to be with you all as we come together to remember our dear friend, Sir David.
“I only had the privilege of working closely with David for a short few years, but like so many others, I hold him in high regard as one of the most diligent local campaigners.
“A fierce and proud advocate for Southend West, he was always one of the most popular individuals in Parliament – with House of Commons staff, MPs offices and my colleagues, he was respected across the board and over the Party divide.
“But above all, he was a genuinely warm and compassionate man. The many testimonies given to him from across the House paid tribute to this.
“So I am delighted to be here today to launch the Sir David Amess fund, and I hope he would be proud to put his name to it.”
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