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Today we took part in remembering those who fought for our freedom, democracy and national identity. God bless Britain 🇬🇧 #RemembranceDay2017 23561500_144151116222805_5388350915583408437_n
My campaign to save Southgate Police Station: Mayor of London Sadiq Khan in his role as Police Commissioner has launched a public consultation, that will address public accessibility to police services in London. The plans set out look to close down both Southgate and Enfield Town police stations, leaving only Edmonton police station for the whole of Enfield (that has to serve 331,000 people!).
For Southgate in particular this will be a catastrophe, not just because it serves most of the Enfield Southgate constituency, but because the immediate repose unit located at the back of the station which responds to burglaries robberies ext. will be moved to Edmonton, that will worsen response times, putting people and businesses at risk. To view a my video outlining in further detail the plans to close the station, please visit my Facebook page to the link which provides a video: Click here My decision is clear, I will be campaigning against the station’s closure. #SaveSouthgateStation You can respond to the public consultation on this link: https://www.london.gov.uk/…/31_aug_2017_public_acess_strate…

My candidate selection for London Metropolitan elections, May 2018: I am delighted to have been selected to stand for the 2018 London local elections in Southgate ward for the Conservatives. Southgate is a wonderful place to live, work and visit – it is an area I know well having lived locally all my life, attended primary school at St. Andrews C of E, and I am honoured to have the opportunity to stand up for local people and businesses as their candidate.
I am looking forward to hitting the campaign trail, and making the case for local government here in Enfield. I will be releasing my personal manifesto for the area in the coming days. Follow my Facebook page (https://m.facebook.com/StephanosSouthgate) and my Twitter profile (www.twitter.com/Stephanosio) for updates about my activities, and details on how you can support my campaign.

CFGreece campaigning with Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, for the last day of Stoke and Copeland by-election’s

Screen Shot 2017-08-14 at 01.16.36.png Today saw Conservative Friends of Greece (CFG) members help with the last day of campaigning for the Stoke and Copeland by-elections, whilst campaigning alongside Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson. The evening saw a number of CFG members come out in support of our candidates Trudy Harrison and Jack Brereton, that both are fighting to the core for a win in both constituencies. Meanwhile the Boris Johnson paid thanks to all those, including CFG, who turned up to CCHQ and made phone calls and pushed for people to back and vote Conservative.
Conservative Friends of Greece campaign with PM Theresa May ahead of Copeland and Stoke by-elections Screen Shot 2017-08-14 at 01.14.17.png Yesterday saw Conservative Friends of Greece (CFG) members help with the Stoke and Copeland by-elections, whilst campaigning alongside PM Theresa May. The evening saw a number of CFG members come out in support of our candidates Trudy Harrison and Jack Brereton, that both are fighting to the core for a win in both constituencies. Meanwhile the PM Theresa May paid thanks to all those, including CFG, who turned up to CCHQ and made phone calls and pushed for people to back and vote Conservative.

CFG are backing Alberto Costa for South Leicestershire

Screen Shot 2017-08-14 at 01.12.37.png CFG are backing Alberto Costa for South Leicestershire. Having been re-selected as the Conservative candidate for South Leicestershire for the 8th June 2017 British General Election. During his two years as MP, Alberto has worked hard to raise local issues in Parliament, ensuring that South Leicestershire had a strong and representative voice in Westminster.  Often holding meetings with Ministers or held debates in Parliament on issues affecting constituents including raising the proposed development of a new prison at Glen Parva to a debate in the House of Commons about Magna Park. Particularly, Alberto was the first South Leicestershire MP to open a dedicated Parliamentary Office in the heart of the Constituency. The office helped hundreds of individual constituents, families, local schools, businesses and charities. It served as a focal point for the constituents of South Leicestershire and ensured strong democratic ties between local people and Parliament. Alberto pledges that, if re-elected, he will re-open the Parliamentary Office to once again offer the local community a range of Parliamentary assistance. If re-elected, Alberto will continue to work hard for the people of South Leicestershire, raise local issues at the highest levels of Government and prioritise the concerns of constituents in order to ensure that their voices are heard and their views taken into account when government decisions are being made. A vote for Alberto will ensure that your voice is heard, help the local South Leicestershire community and strengthen the United Kingdom as we exit from the EU.

CFG welcomes New Democracy Leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis in London Screen Shot 2017-08-14 at 01.10.39.png

Last month the Conservative Friends of Greece group welcomed the Greek leader of the opposition, and Conservative counterpart Kyriakos Mitsotakis in London. During the meeting a number of matters were discussed that included common bilateral projects, events, and also the relationship between the sister parties of New Democracy and the Conservative Party. Alberto Costa MP gave his remarks on the meeting stating “It was a pleasure to host our guests from Greece. Greece and the United Kingdom have enjoyed very strong and positive ties, and it is now more important than ever, that we work to strengthen the links and continue to work together. Conservative Friends of Greece have made an incredibly positive contribution to this already, and I look forward to ongoing engagement in the future.” Kyriakos Mitsotakis also gave his remarks stating “We had today a very good discussion on the relationship both our nations will enjoy when the U.K. leaves the EU. Discussion of the status of Greeks in the U.K, business ties, and other matters was the beginning of a long period of dialogue.” Discussions led to agreeing working together for the mutual benefit of businesses, that included the Greek shipping industry which has a significant presence in the U.K. as well as agricultural trade, and most significant tourism which year on year is increasing in activity in terms of visitor numbers for both the U.K and Greece. Part of the discussions brought about the current economic ties both the U.K and Greece enjoy. The United Kingdom is the 5th largest importer of Greek products, 3rd largest importer of Greek agricultural products and 2nd largest importer of Greek pharmaceuticals. Hence the need to maintain trade ties and increase business activity between both nations is essential, even after the U.K. exits the EU.

Conservative Friends of Greece bringing U.K.- Greek parliamentary delegations together

Screen Shot 2017-08-14 at 01.07.13.png Tuesday 1st of March saw the formal meeting between members of the British and Greek Parliaments which included members of the Conservative Party and New Democracy (ND) leadership. The event was held in Westminster by the Conservative Friends of Greece (CFG) group, that aims to connect both the U.K and Greek Parliaments, empower and represent the Hellenic Community in the UK in domestic activities and politics, and promote bilateral dialogue and cooperation. Those which attended the event include: -Stephanos Ioannou Chairman of the CFG group, and George Hadjipavlis, Deputy Chairman of CFG. -Vice-President of ND, Shadow Defence Secretary and Member of Parliament for Athens B’ Adonis Georgiadis. -Nikos Sofianos, Secretary General of the Athens Chamber of Commerce, President of the LSE Hellenic Alumni Association and member of the ND Political Committee. -Maria Xitaki, member of the ND Political Committee. -Alberto Costa MP for South Leicestershire, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary group for Greece, and Chairman of the Conservative Friends of Greece Parliamentary Group. -Mark Field MP for Cities of London and Westminster, and International Affairs Chairman for the Conservative Party. -Vasillis Vitanopoulos and May Lykourentzou representing the ND youth wing ONNED in the U.K. British counterparts during the event raised the significant historical ties both Greece and the U.K enjoy, since the struggle of Greek Independence. They have since collaborated as EU allies, jointly fought two World Wars and maintain a common membership of NATO, which leads to a continuing military cooperation between both nations. During the meeting a number of matters were discussed that included common bilateral projects, events, and also the relationship between the sister parties of New Democracy and the Conservative Party. Alberto Costa MP gave his remarks on the meeting stating “It was a pleasure to host our guests from Greece in Parliament, along with fellow MP Mark Field. Greece and the United Kingdom have enjoyed very strong and positive ties, and it is now more important than ever, that we work to strengthen the links and continue to work together. Conservative Friends of Greece have made an incredibly positive contribution to this already, and I look forward to ongoing engagement in the future.” Adonis Georgiadis also gave his remarks stating “We had today a very good discussion on the relationship both our nations will enjoy when the U.K. leaves the EU. Discussion of the status of Greeks in the U.K, business ties, and other matters was the beginning of a long period of dialogue.” Discussions led to agreeing working together for the mutual benefit of businesses, that included the Greek shipping industry which has a significant presence in the U.K. as well as agricultural trade, and most significant tourism which year on year is increasing in activity in terms of visitor numbers for both the U.K and Greece. Part of the discussions brought about the current economic ties both the U.K and Greece enjoy. The United Kingdom is the 5th largest importer of Greek products, 3rd largest importer of Greek agricultural products and 2nd largest importer of Greek pharmaceuticals. Hence the need to maintain trade ties and increase business activity between both nations is essential, even after the U.K. exits the EU.
Conservative Friends of Greece: The Conservative Friends of Greece is a member-led organisation that was founded in 2016. We are an organisation managed by volunteers that promotes the values and ideals of the Conservative Party across the UK and works to strengthen the bond between the Conservative Party and the Hellenic Republic. We organise numerous events in and around Westminster, take Conservative parliamentarians and candidates on delegations to Greece, campaign hard for Tory candidates in target seats, and work to ensure that Greece’s case is fairly represented in Parliament. Become a supporter and join our mailing list to keep updated with news and upcoming events. Visit our Facebook page Visit our Twitter page Visit our Website  conservative-friends-of-greeceweblogo
Conservatives IN: London Campaign manager During the referndum campaign I was in charge of the Conservatives IN campaign for London. This meant building a volunteer base from scratch, organising events on a daily basis to spread the word of remain. The role gave me the opportunity to get stuck into a campaign that I shared beliefs with, and would have an impact on future generations. 
University of Hertfordshire Conservatives Chairman: It’s with great delight that I can announce the official founding of the UH Conservatives. After arriving at the university, and finding that no society was formally setup that represented the Conservative party, myself and others took the initiative to set one up. Comprised of Treasurer, Seth Spencer, Secretary Nathaniel Chapman, and Social Secretary Beau Johnson, and myself as Chair, the Conservatives are going strong. We plan to hold weekly debates on local radio stations, and to maintain a social media stance on Facebook and Twitter. Visit our Twitter, and Facebook group.
cfcyprus.org_.uk-logo-2015.png Conservative Friends of Cyprus lead largest delegation of MPs to support settlement of Cyprus Problem: Between 11th and 14th November I myself along with seven British MPs led by Parliamentary Chairman David Burrowes MP and Conservative Friends of Cyprus (CfC) Chairman Jason Charalambous, visited Cyprus to show solidarity and support for the settlement of the Cyprus Problem. The delegation included longstanding friends of Cyprus Matthew Offord MP and Sir David Amess MP, Sheryll Murray MP and Martin Vickers MP who were making their first visit to Cyprus, Byron Davies MP who was recently elected for Gower in Wales and Chris Pincher MP, Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Foreign Secretary. The delegation was supported by leading members of CfC and the British Cypriot community. The busy itinerary included informative meetings with leading Cypriot politicians, cultural and historical tours which included visits to the Cyprus Archaeological Museum and Byzantine Museum in Nicosia, and an overview of the consequences of the continued division of the island, including a visit to Nicosia’s abandoned airport in the buffer zone. The visit began with a briefing by the British High Commissioner HE Mr Ric Todd and Defence Attaché Col Sebastian Pollington which followed a reception at the High Commissioner’s residence with political, academic and civil representatives from across the island. The delegation then met with President of the House of Representatives Mr Omirou; the Greek Cypriot negotiator for the Cyprus Problem Ambassador Mavroyiannis; members of the Foreign Affairs Standing Committee including Chairman Averof Neophytou; the Standing Committee on Refugees-Enclaved-Missing and Adversely Affected Persons; and also attended a House of Representatives plenary session. The delegation then met the Minister of Energy, Commerce, Industry and Tourism Mr Lakkotrypis and visited the bi-communal Committee on Missing Persons and the Anthropological Laboratory in the buffer zone. On Monday 16th November David Burrowes MP led a historic debate in the House of Commons on a substantive resolution supporting a comprehensive solution and the return of Famagusta to its lawful inhabitants. The resolution was passed unanimously and saw all members of the delegation contribute to the debate. The trip was overall highly informative, and was a huge success not only for the Conservative Friends of Cyprus group, but for the Cypriot community as a whole that were done justice when the motion was passed  supporting the return of Famagusta.
Conservative Future: Screen Shot 2016-01-18 at 12.41.42 From November 10th 2014, till November 2016 I was President for the Conservative Future Enfield & Southgate branch. Since then I have managed to mobilise local Conservative youth members to canvass for the local MP David Burrowes, and to attend events in support of the 2014 General Elections for which saw our local MP win the seat again, and with a larger majority than the previous 2010 election. Conservative Future is the movement for under 30s, including all members of the Conservative Party of this age, and is the largest youth political organisation in the UK with around 15,000 members across the country. The organisation is all about involving young people in politics and addressing the issues that matter to them.