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Every year, at Yorkshire CPF, we have a regional conference. After this year’s conference, we conducted surveys and polls to ensure that everyone’s voice is heard in the organisation of our conferences. Below are the results and conclusions of these surveys:

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YORKSHIRE CPF CONFERENCE 27TH JANUARY 2018- ANALYSIS OF SURVEYS
CONDUCTED FOLLOWING THE CONFERENCE by Robert Winfield
Introduction
Following the Yorkshire CPF Conference on 27th January 2018, I carried out a number of surveys as
follows :-
a) Survey Monkey – Two Survey Monkey surveys were drawn up and sent to every person who
registered for the Conference and provided an e mail address . As the letter sending the surveys
made clear , two surveys were drawn up circumvent the limit of ten questions which applies to
surveys drawn up using the free version of Survey Monkey. In addition , links to the surveys were
published on Yorkshire CPF’s facebook and twitter accounts in order to encourage people who did
not attend our recent Conference , for any reason to take part . I was keen to try to find out if there
are any reasons why those who did not attend our recent Conference did not attend . I received 39
responses to the first survey and 21 to the second survey
b) Twitter and facebook polls- In parallel with the Survey Monkey surveys referred to above, I
conducted a number of polls on twitter and facebook, sometimes with similar questions to those
which have been posed in the Survey Monkey surveys referred to above. In the case of the twitter
surveys , responses are completely anonymous , and there is thus no certainty that those responding
have any potential interest in attending our Conferences or future events ; there is indeed no
certainty that those attending our Conservatives. In the case of facebook surveys , those responding
to the surveys are identified. A number of these respondents have not attended our Conferences or
other events but are naturally more than welcome to do so in the future . Although these are not
useless as measures of opinion (perhaps more of a bit of fun than a serious survey) , the factors to
which I refer above means that I would tend to place less weight on these polls than on the results of
the survey monkey surveys . The small sample of the facebook polls is a further relevant factor.
Analysis of the Survey Monkey surveys
I took the view that it would be wrong to place respondents under pressure to identify themselves
and therefore explicitly gave respondents the option of remaining anonymous . Even where
respondents identified themselves , I will respect the confidentiality of individual responses .
Question One – First Survey . Did you attend the Yorkshire CPF Conference on 27th January 2018? .
Total Responses 39 – Yes 32 No 7
Question Two- First Survey . Have you attended any previous Yorkshire CPF Conferences?
Total Responses 38 – Yes 22 No 16. No response 1
Question Three- First Survey. If you answered no to Question One , why did you not attend the
Conference . Of the seven respondents who did not attend the Conference, six responded . As it was
possible to give multiple responses , the total of these exceeds six
Inconvenience of date- 2
Too expensive – 1
Difficulty or inconvenience of travel to venue -4
Lack of interest in the programme- 1
Question Four – First survey . Was the start time for the January 2018 Conference (9.30am)
Total responses 39- Too early 9 About right 30 Too late – nil

Question Five – First survey . Was the finishing time for the January 2018 Conference (5p.m)
Total responses 39 – Too early 3 About right 29 Too late 7
Question Six – First Survey . Total responses 38 – No response 1
Do you believe that our future Conferences should be held
At a venue like Weetwood Hall , which has significant car parking , but is some distance away from
any main line railway station – 30 respondents favoured this option
At a venue which is close to a mainline railway station which has limited, or no free car parking – 8
respondents favoured this option
Question Nine First Survey- Are you a student (this question was asked as I wished to determine
whether the answers given by students differ from those given by respondents who are not
students )
Total responses 38 – Yes 5 No 33 No response 1
Of the respondents who identified themselves as students
Starting time of the Conference- Too early 1 About right 4
Finishing time of the Conference- About right 5
Venue for future Conferences – Away from mainline railway station but significant car parking – 3
Close to mainline railway station but limited car parking 2
Question One – Second survey . How did you get to hear about the 2018 CPF Regional Conference.
Total responses 21. The responses add up to more than this as it was possible to give multiple
responses
Facebook- 3
Twitter – 6
The Northern Conservative Newsletter – 4
Heard from a Conservative activist (including e mail etc) – 8
Heard from a local Conservative Association – 4
Other – one response ‘I was on the Committee’ One response ‘I was asked to speak’
Question two – Second Survey – We are considering holding a dinner on the evening of our next
Conference . Would you attend such a dinner assuming that the venue is convenient and the price
acceptable?
Total responses 21- Yes 14 No 7
Question three – Second survey Suppose we decide to hold our next Conference over a weekend ,
rather than just on a Saturday. Would you attend the Sunday session ?
Total responses 21 – Yes 12 No 9
Question Four – second survey. Are you a student?
Total responses 21 – yes 4 No 17
Of the four respondents who identified themselves as students, responses were as follows:

How did you get to hear about the Conference
Twitter- 2
Facebook -1
The Northern Conservative Newsletter – 1
Heard from a Conservative activist- 2
Heard from a local Conservative Association- 1
Would you attend a dinner on the evening of the Conference? Yes 2 No 2
Would you attend a Sunday session if the Conference was over a whole weekend ? Yes 4 No – nil
The remaining questions ask which sessions respondents would like to see repeated , which sessions
respondents would not like to see repeated, whether there are any comments which a respondent
feels would be helpful in connection with the organisation of future Conferences and the name of
the respondent (Optional). It is convenient to address the first three of these together .
Dealing with sessions which respondents would like to be repeated , five respondents expressed the
view that all the sessions were good. With regard to specific sessions, no fewer than eleven
respondents felt that the youth panel discussion should be repeated . One respondent described the
youth panel discussion as ‘amazing’ whilst another respondent described the session as ‘excellent
and memorable ‘ . However four respondents were critical of the fact that this was the last session of
the day ; one said that this was not fair on those involved, whilst another respondent felt that those
leaving the Conference early had shown disrespect to the panellists. However, one respondent
expressed the view that the youth panel discussion should not be repeated and another respondent
said that ‘students and young people on the panel should be taught to hold the microphone away
from their mouth as the content was good , but at times the volume was unbearable.’
Other sessions which were mentioned were as follows:-
Speakers Corner – 4
George Freeman – 3
Sir Graham Brady – 1
session involving Andrew Allison- 1
Northern Powerhouse- 1
One respondent referred to ‘the panels’ whilst another respondent referred to ‘MPs panel’ (actually
two of the panel discussions involved MPs) . One respondent described George Freeman as
outstanding whilst another person attending the Conference said that George Freeman was
‘excellent and perhaps ought to have been given more time to do something interactive leading the
conference rather than just speaking to it.’ . One respondent who wished to see the Speakers Corner
event repeated added that the debate topics were ‘a little uninspiring’ . One person who attended the
Conference noted that ‘ During the speeches from people on the floor (presumably, a reference to
the Speakers Corner event) there were problems with heckling which made it an intimidating
experience for some to speak’
A number of other aspects of the Conference were praised , or possible improvements suggested .
One respondent described the Conference as the best yet . Another respondent praised the varied
itinerary , each item not lasting too long’. The interactive sessions were described as good. One
respondent said ‘I like the idea of learning about different groups in the party (such as Tory
Workers) and how to get involved’ . Another respondent highlighted contributions from members of
the party free to express personal views, not limited by being members of the Government . One respondent liked the round table sessions which had been held at the 2017 Conference. One
respondent referred to the ability to ask ‘non agenda questions’ , and referred to ‘Questions as to how
to elect a non-electable party ?’ . He added ‘ We have missed the Major point – we are unelectable!
there was nothing of how to steer Westminster towards being the Party of the Common Working
People – we are totally left out! We are lied to (so what’s new) for sectarian reasons and being
impoverished for a few very rich people who have the ear of the Conservatives. I am thinking of
becoming an activist to change the people at the top, to be accountable to THEIR manifesto
promises which they consistently break and bringing Parliament into disrepute – and nothing done
whether it is expenses scandals, playing around with young research girls, House of Lords reform,
House of Commons reform, and the worst one of all the Brexit Plebiscite which was built on lies
that now cannot be honoured! ‘
Five respondents felt that there should have been breaks between the sessions. There was a call for
timetabled opportunities to network, ‘as this is currently limited to in between events , lunch or
missing events’ . There was also a call for ‘More spaced out sessions and more sessions with
members of the party with new ideas, and policies that could inform members how the parties
candidates and MP’s etc are thinking and what the party is doing in each area of policy.’ This
respondent added that the speakers that were free to think beyond there brief were fascinating .
There was a suggestion that there could be a two day conference with more breaks.
One respondent said ‘I am grateful to have heard about it (the Conference) from Mike Payne, but
think it poor that the local Sheffield Conservative Association did not advertise what was an
excellent meeting. Have emailed them with no response!’ . Another respondent said ‘I would like
some chance to make suggestions directly to our MPs. They would know how committed the
activists are, and that some have ideas. ‘. However one respondent was critical of the Conference,
saying that ‘I thought it lacked a focus on Yorkshire, I visited to consider running a Lancashire one
next year and having attended the last two Manchester events felt it lacked local focus. Enjoyed the
debate around motions, very interactive. ‘ . Another respondent said ‘ The sessions were interesting
but relentless, people couldn’t talk to each other at their tables. People had to leave the conference
room to speak to each other. That I think was a shame because it was my first conference and I
couldn’t get to know people without missing out on the sessions ‘ . One respondent felt that some of
the panel discussions had been hijacked by ‘sectarian parties’ . There was also a comment ‘;Is it
literally possible to have a Conservative event without a raffle?’ One respondent called for ‘A
comments / suggestions box maybe whilst things are still fresh and in peoples minds.. Not a priority
just a comment ‘. One respondent said ‘ I think it would benefit from being more interactive, and not
just panel sessions all day. This way, it keeps people’s energy up!
I now turn to the twitter polls. I conducted two rounds of twitter polls, as a consequence of the
fact that the duration of a twitter poll is limited to seven days .
The following questions were posted on twitter on 7th February
Question. Suppose we decide to hold our Conference over a weekend , rather than just on a
Saturday . Would you attend the Sunday session?
37 responses, Yes 49% No 51%
Question. Suppose we hold a dinner on the evening of the next Conference . Would you attend ,
assuming that the venue is convenient and the price acceptable.
35 responses. Yes 77% No 23%

Question. Should our future Conferences be held at a venue with significant car parking but some
distance away from a main line railway station (Option one) or a city centre venue with more
limited car parking (Option 2) .
41 responses . Option 1 39% Option 2 61%
Question: Was the finishing time for our recent Conference (5p.m) (36 responses)
Too early 17% About right 56% Too late 27%
Question: Was the start time for our recent Conference (9.30am) (30 responses)
Too early 57% About right 40% Too late 3%
Further questions were posted on twitter on 16th February 2018
Question : At our future conferences, would you favour more panel discussions involving younger
party members even if this means fewer sessions involving MPs and other senior politicians
19 responses . Yes 79% No 21%
Question: Should our future conferences be held at a venue with significant car parking but some
distance away from a main line railway station (Option 1) or a venue close to a main line railway
station with more limited car parking (Option 2)
23 responses. Option 1 48% Option 2 52%
Question:- Suppose we decide to hold a dinner on the evening of our next Conference . Would you
attend, assuming that the venue is convenient and the price acceptable
13 responses . Yes 77% No 23%
Question; Suppose we decide to hold our next Conference over a weekend rather than just on a
Saturday . Would you attend any Sunday session?
11 responses . Yes 73% No 27%
Question . Which of the following comes closest to your view as to when our Conference should
start
9 responses 9 am 11% 9.30 am 56% 9.45 am nil 10am or later 33%
Question. Which of the following comes closest to your view as to when our Conference should
finish
6 responses 4p.m 17% 4.30p.m 17% 5p.m 33% 5.30p.m 33%
Facebook Polls
Question Which of the following comes closest to your opinion as to the time at which our
Conference should finish 13 responses 4 p.m 2, 4.30p.m 5 , 5p.m 1, 5.30p.m 5
Question: Our recent Conference included a session dealing with how to win the youth vote with a
panel consisting entirely of young Conservative activists . Would you favour more speeches or
panel discussions involving younger members of the party even if this means fewer sessions
involving Members of Parliament etc
15 responses Yes 6 No 9
Question: Suppose that we decide that our Conference will be held over a weekend rather than just
on a Saturday. Would you attend any Sunday session?
15 responses Yes 4 No 11
Question:- We are considering holding a dinner on the evening of our Conference . If we did this ,
would you attend, assuming that the venue is convenient and the price acceptable.
10 responses Yes 6 No 4
Question. Suppose we were able to secure the attendance of a big name speaker (Secretary of State
or a person of similar standing) at our next Conference . Would that make you (15 responses)
More likely to attend 12 No difference 3 less likely nil
Question ; Should our future Conferences be held at a venue like Weetwood Hall which has
significant free car parking , but is some distance away from a man line railway station or at a venue
which is close to a main line railway station but which has limited , or no free car parking (8
responses)
Venue like Weetwood Hall 8 – Venue close to a main line railway station – nil
Question: Which of the following comes closest to your opinion about the time at which our
Conference should start (10 responses)
9.30am 4 , 10 am 3 , later 3

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