Young Tories

The Sunday Telegraph - - Letters to the editor -

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.

Sheila Brunt

East Bridg­ford, Not­ting­hamshire

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