Why I’m taking a step back from Conservatives for Liberty

Conservatives for Liberty is a little like Her Majesty in that we have two birthdays per year. In October, we mark our 2013 launch event, in which our president Daniel Hannan spoke to 100 (mostly young) Conservatives in the upper room of the Barley Mow. But there’s also a quieter milestone in March. This marks our initial beginnings, some seven months earlier, when I scribbled a rough plan in the back of a diary for what became Conservatives for Liberty; a campaign group which promotes the principles of free markets, limited government, and civil liberties through the Conservative Party.

Four years on, CfL has grown quicker than I could ever have imagined. This is thanks entirely to the hard work of an always small, but passionate and talented, team of volunteers. And it’s a source of great pride for me that they’re now taking CfL from strength to strength without much input from me.

In January I started working as Political Assistant to the Conservative Group at the London Borough of Barnet. It’s an exciting position working with a radical and trailblazing Conservative council and my predecessors include a former deputy mayor for the environment and energy under Boris Johnson. So there are some big shoes to fill.

The three hour round trip from South Croydon also means my free time has become very limited. With a general election upon us, and London borough elections next year, that time is going to become more limited still. Happy developments in my personal life also mean I am somewhat more wary of spreading myself too thin.

Consequently I’ve decided to resign as an executive director of CfL, while remaining a member of the committee, and narrowing my workload to design and media. This has not been an easy decision to make, as it’s always difficult to let go of your ‘baby’. But, as parents of children flying the nest would likely agree, any sense of loss is overcome by that feeling of accomplishment when you realise ‘baby’ is doing perfectly fine without you – and in the faith they will go on to do even better