3.21AM: Meet NE Cambs' young Tories who helped in the General Election campaign
THEY may be a little too young to vote, but these teenagers hope they will be the political stars of tomorrow. Keen to inspire fresh talent, the Conservatives in North East Cambs set 20 youngsters to work on the General Election campaign. They were given
THEY may be a little too young to vote, but these teenagers hope they will be the political stars of tomorrow.
Keen to inspire fresh talent, the Conservatives in North East Cambs set 20 youngsters to work on the General Election campaign.
They were given just a clipboard, a pen and a few leaflets but have impressed the old guard with their enthusiasm on the doorstep.
It is now hoped they will be carry the Party into the future and give a fresh energy to the Party.
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Debbie Clark, constituency agent for North East Cambs, said: "We wanted to foster politics within the young.
"They have been telephone canvassing, knocking on doors and delivering leaflets and they have been amazing. They have really thrown themselves into it. Their passion and drive is incredible."
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One student who has pledged his future to the Conservative Party is 16-year-old Elliott Johnson.
Elliott, from North Brink, Wisbech, was standing as a Conservative candidate in his school elections and contacted Ms Clark for some professional tips.
She was so impressed by his enthusiasm that she suggested he join the campaign team at the Wisbech North by-election.
When he showed he had what it takes, he was asked to work on the General Election campaign.
He said: "I am now hooked for life. I've always liked politics and I now want to go into it full-time. What I have learned has been very useful."
Elliott has put his new found campaigning skills to good use - he won 87 per cent of the vote at his school council by-election.
He was invited to the election night count at the Hudson Leisure Centre by Steve Barclay, who insisted that young volunteers be rewarded for their work with a ringside seat to democratic politics.