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Why my generation must not be scared of saying they’re Tory

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Young people are getting involved in politics like never before – and it is important that we are responsive to their needs and build a country that works for them as well as everyone else. Last year’s general election saw a surge in young people turning out to vote, with 18- to 24-year-olds voting in greater numbers than at any other time.

If so many young people turned up to vote, politicians – of all political stripes – have to start listening. The fact that most of the youth vote went to Labour in 2017 means Conservatives must listen even more carefully.

This is why I was delighted to be appointed last week as the Conservative party vice-chairman for youth – given the job of attracting young people to our cause. Both our policies and our messaging need to have young people and their future at their heart, focusing on issues that directly affect their quality of life.

My first involvement with politics was when I fell out with my local council over our bins not being collected for a month. It spurred me to get involved, so that I could help make a difference. Having been elected to the council in 2015, I won the Mansfield seat last June, despite it having never been Conservative before. It proves that, as a young person, if you get involved and you........

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