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Cookies & Privacy

Cookies & Privacy

Cookies and why we use them

This website uses some cookies, as almost all websites do, to help provide you with the best experience possible.
Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer or mobile phone when you browse websites

Our cookies help to:

  • Make this website work as you’d expect
  • Remember your settings during and between visits
  • Improve the speed/security of the site
  • Allow you to share pages with social networks like Facebook
  • Continuously improve our website for you

We do not use cookies to:

  • Collect any personally identifiable information (without your express permission)
  • Pass data to advertising networks
  • Pass personally identifiable data to third parties
  • Pay sales commissions

You can learn more about all the cookies this site uses below

Granting this site permission to use cookies

If the settings on your software that you are using to view this website (your browser) are adjusted to accept cookies we take this, and your continued use of our website, to mean that you are fine with this. Should you wish to remove or not use cookies from our site you can learn how to do this below, however doing so will likely mean that our site will not work as you would expect.

More about our Cookies

Website Function Cookies – Cookies we set on this site

This website is built using Drupal, the open source platform and content management system that also runs website like The Economist, The British Medical Journal and The White House. Drupal uses cookies to make my website work, including:

  • Name: SESS(followed by randomly generated characters)
    Typical content: Randomly generated string session ID
    Purpose: Session cookie
    Expires: 23 days
  • Name: has_js
    Typical content: 1 or 0
    Purpose: Checks whether you have javascript enabled, rather than bothering your browser every time the site wants to run a script
    Expires: when user exits browser

These do not contain data that can identify you, but make it possible for the website to do things like:

  • Remembering your search settings
    Showing you which pages you have recently visited
    Making sure that you are not submitting the same form more than once or voting multiple times in online polls

There is no way to prevent these cookies being set other than to not use this site.


Anonymous Visitor Statistics Cookies

Like virtually every other website, we use cookies to compile visitor statistics such as how many people have visited our website, what type of technology they are using (e.g. Mac or Windows which helps to identify when our site isn’t working as it should for particular technologies), how long they spend on the site, what page they look at etc. This helps us to continuously improve our website. These so called “analytics” programs also tell us, on an anonymous basis, how people reached this site (e.g. from a search engine) and whether they have been here before helping us to put more money into developing our services for you instead of marketing spend.

We use Google Analytics to gather this data, which cannot identify you personally, but does allow us to better understand who is using the site, for example by recording what browsers are being used.

Google Analytics sets the following cookies:

  • Name: _utma
    Typical content: randomly generated number
    Expires: 2 years
  • Name: _utmb
    Typical content: randomly generated number
    Expires: 30 minutes
  • Name: _utmc
    Typical content: randomly generated number
    Expires: when user exits browser
  • Name: _utmz
    Typical content: randomly generated number and information about how the page was reached (eg directly or via a link, organic search or paid search)
    Expires: 6 months


Third party functions

Our site, like most websites, includes functionality provided by third parties, like embedded YouTube videos, Flickr galleries, Facebook profiles and Twitter timelines. Our site includes the following which use cookies:

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Flickr
  • YouTube
  • GoogleMaps

We have no control over the cookies that those sites set and no access to any data that they may contain. Disabling these cookies will likely break the functions offered by these third parties.


Social Website Cookies

So you can easily “Like” or share our content on the likes of Facebook and Twitter we have included sharing buttons on our site.

Cookies are set by:

  • ShareThis

The privacy implications on this will vary from social network to social network and will be dependent on the privacy settings you have chosen on these networks.


Turning Cookies Off

You can usually switch cookies off by adjusting your browser settings to stop it from accepting cookies (Learn how here). Doing so however will likely limit the functionality of our’s and a large proportion of the world’s websites as cookies are a standard part of most modern websites

It may be that you concerns around cookies relate to so called “spyware”. Rather than switching off cookies in your browser you may find that anti-spyware software achieves the same objective by automatically deleting cookies considered to be invasive. Learn more about managing cookies with antispyware software.

The cookie information text on this site was derived from content provided by Attacat Internet Marketing, a marketing agency based in Edinburgh. If you need similar information for your own website you can use their free cookie audit tool.


Data Protection

How we use your data

Some data you submit through this website may comprise personal data about you and may include sensitive personal data.

The types of information we may collect about you may include your name, address and contact information and information about your ethnic origin, political opinions, and religious, philosophical and other beliefs. The data you provide will be retained by the Conservative Party and Andrew Griffiths (“the data holders”) in accordance with the provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998 and related legislation.

The data holders will use the data you submit for the following purposes: (i) to improve our understanding of political life in the United Kingdom; (ii) to compile and provide anonymous statistics about voters in the United Kingdom; (iii) to facilitate our operation as a political party; (iv) contact you in the future by telephone, text or other means, even though you may be registered with the Telephone Preference Service, without asking for further permission.

Your data will never be sold or given to anyone not connected to the Conservative Party.

This website is paid for through privately-raised funds and is not funded through any parliamentary allowances or other taxpayers' money