In the local elections this year our Young Conservative (YC) members made up just over half our slate of candidates in Sheffield and were a significant source of on the ground campaigners. In fact, we’re yet to be aware of anywhere in the country where a major party’s group of candidates were younger! While this was a huge contribution by the candidates from the University of Sheffield Conservative Association, we also had a couple of local YCs stand in both Sheffield and Barnsley: Adam Allcroft and Joe Coville.
The Sheffield Hallam University association has grown too this past year, with committed and lively leadership heading into the new academic year, with Jack and Isabella as Chair and Secretary. Both University associations have drawn up plans for their busy fresher periods and after three years at The University of Sheffield I am confident that this coming year will see the most active and largest group of YC’s Sheffield has had in many years.
The past year was the most events packed one we’ve had for a long time. Speakers and guests included the architect of the 2017 General Election manifesto and University of Sheffield Alumnus Nick Timothy, Chief Secretary to the Treasury Liz Truss MP and the then Parties Vice Chairman for Youth Ben Bradley MP. There’ll be even more speaker events, debating events, campaigning, socials and drinks events hosted by both Universities and in cooperation with the Local Federation too.
Encouraging involvement in these events by not only student members but also local YC’s is now key focus for me, as well as improving the cooperation between the committees of both university societies and the local federation. Hopefully Sheffield will be the model region of how energetic YC’s and student Tories can work with their local party, to the benefit of the local membership and local politics as a whole!
This Article was written by Laurence Smith, Young Conservatives Campaign Manager for Sheffield.