JOHN Taylor was not only in Palma to address members of Conservatives Abroad but, on behalf of leader Michael Howard, to present one of the Majorca branch's founding fathers, Donald Gaffney, with a special plaque from Conservative Party central office in recognition of all his hard and dedicated work for the party over the years.

Peter Newey said yesterday that is was a very special night “Donald's night” which was well attended by party members who wanted to share Donald, and his wife Norma's big night.

Donald, responsible for “The Golden Years” of the Majorca branch was overwhelmed by the unexpected award and “lost for words,” although he did manage to tell guests that for the first time, in a very long time, he feels the Conservatives can win the election. “I'm determined to stay alive long enough to see it,” he said.

Norma, who has worked extremely hard by Donald's side for the Conservative Party over the years, thanked everybody present and those “who were no longer around.” Donald set Conservatives Abroad up from scratch and went on to bring some big named speakers to Majorca, including the late Denis Thatcher, Lord Jeffrey Archer, Tony Baldry and Jonathan Aitken.

Conservatives Abroad in Majorca is also one of the party's largest fundraising branches after Hong Kong.
Gaffney also established a very close working relationship with the Spanish conservative party, the Partido Popular.

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