SIR – Alexis Ochoa’s timely letter (October 7) prompts me to ask: whatever happened to the Young Conservatives movement?
In the Sixties, my local Young Conservatives in the Spelthorne constituency (west London) met to listen to a variety of speakers and discuss political ideas. Other meetings were on topics of local interest, or simply a fun activity.
We soon learnt the value of freedom of speech, a property-owning democracy, a free-market economy, minimal state intervention, and finally a safety net for those whose lives leave them in need of support.
The Eastbourne conference was a highlight of the year, with many YCs converging on the seaside town every autumn to listen to high-profile Tory speakers explaining their latest thinking and plans for the future.
Many of us – including me – found our lifelong partners through this organisation.
Today’s young people want steady, well-paid employment, to follow their chosen career, and, eventually, to buy their own homes – as did we. But none of this will come without the right framework that respects the rights of the individual and freedom of choice.
East Bridgford, Nottinghamshire