We need a youth wing to beat Labour, says Pick­les

Daily Mail - - News - By Daniel Martin Pol­icy Edi­tor

THE Tories must set up a youth wing to counter Jeremy Cor­byn’s ap­peal, an in­ter­nal review has found.

Sir Eric Pick­les will de­mand the move as part of a re­port into June’s elec­tion dis­as­ter.

The for­mer Cab­i­net min­is­ter says Labour made all the run­ning partly be­cause of fail­ures in Tory or­gan­i­sa­tion and a huge surge in sup­port from stu­dents at­tracted by poli­cies on tu­ition fees.

He wants the group to spear­head cam­paigns as well as train promis­ing young ac­tivists in de­bat­ing and speech-writ­ing skills.

Sir Eric’s rec­om­men­da­tion is one of more than 60 in his re­port, which will be pub­lished be­fore the party’s au­tumn con­fer­ence. It fol­lows a num­ber of failed at­tempts to es­tab­lish youth wings.

It would ef­fec­tively recre­ate the Young Con­ser­va­tives, which was set up af­ter the Sec­ond World War but be­came no­to­ri­ous in the 1980s for drunken balls and ex­treme Right-wing poli­cies. It was shut down in 1998 by Wil­liam Hague.

A suc­ces­sor or­gan­i­sa­tion, Con­ser­va­tive Fu­ture, was closed in 2015 af­ter a bul­ly­ing scan­dal.

Last month there was an ac­tivist led at­tempt to form a Con­ser­va­tive youth wing called Ac­ti­vate.

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