THE Conservative party leader appears to be keen to take more global control of the party than his predecessors after having been named the new Chairman of Conservatives Abroad. Cameron took over the new post at the start of the week, on the very same day that Gary Streeter MP was appointed by Cameron as the new Vice-Chairman of Conservatives Abroad and Chairman of the International Office. Streeter, the MP for South West Devon, was Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs 2003-2005, prior to which he was Shadow Secretary of State for International Development between 1998 and 2001. He will be replacing Nigel Evans MP. As members of “British” Conservatives Abroad in Majorca will know, the overseas branches play an important role in the overall function of the party and there are now 35 branches across the world with a total seven in Spain. Originally established 20 years ago, although some branches have been in existence since the late 1970s, Conservatives Abroad, apart from providing a forum for like-minded people to meet and socialise, also provides important feedback to central office in London.

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