No payment, no promise of payment, and moreover, no inducement or promise thereof. This does not appear to have occurred to UCL Conservatives, who told last year that “Roadtrip is a great initiative which gets hundreds of young activists out to different target seats around the country every weekend with a promise of free travel, free drinks and a free curry”. Refreshments promised in advance. And there is more. A lot more.April brought “London CF Super Saturday - Brentford and Isleworth with Lord Ahmad”, promising “there will be a free bar after”. The previous month included “Super Saturday … in Hampstead and Kilburn”, promising “as usual we will be heading off to a local pub at 4PM for a FREE BAR”. A January “Action day … in Harrow East” also promised “there will be a free bar … at a local pub”. And there was yet more.February included “Action day with CF Women and London CF for Mary Macleod”, where, once again, “There will also be a free bar [and] food”. King’s College London Conservative Society also covered Hampstead and Kilburn in March, promising “There will also be a gargantuan bar tab afterwards. Just saying”. They went to Harrow East too: “Afterwards, at least £300 will be put behind the bar for food, drinks and fun (funded by the Party)”.students also did Harrow: “There will be a bar tab afterwards”. London CF was at it as early as December 2014: “Register for the FREE BAR and free food after campaigning”. The same month, they were in Ealing: “We will also be joined by James Brokenshire MP (Minister for Immigration & Security) at the pub where we will have a free bar & free food!” That’s an awful lot of promises being made.
also did the rounds, including Harrow East, where “There will be a free bar and food afterwards”. Plus they went to Twickenham with the twin inducements of unseating Vince Cable, and “a FREE bar and free food after”. That’s quite an inducement for impecunious students.
Some Tory Party connected social media content making these promises has been wiped since the General Election and cannot be retrieved using the Wayback Machine. But all of the Facebook stuff was still there today, although whether it remains up is uncertain. That is why screen shots were taken.
Perhaps a party spokesman would like to explain why all those promises were made in order to get people to canvass for them. I’m sure there’s a perfectly good explanation.