DIARY: Citigate's young buck Stephenson becomes Tories convention man

Hagueism is on the rise. The trend of achieving much in the

Conservative Party by a young age was firmly established by the Tory

leader 20 years ago.

It was taken to another level last week by Citigate Dewe Rogerson

account manager Richard Stephenson, who was elected the youngest ever

vice-president of the Conservative National Convention.

Stephenson is less than half the age of the party's other two

vice-presidents, Don Porter and Caroline Abel-Smith.

The PRO is a true Tory boy, sitting on the national executive of

Conservative Future and promising to play 'an active role' in the

party's election campaign.

He was elected by local party chairmen at last week's Tory conference in

Harrogate. His role, which lasts for a year, will see him take a weighty

burden on his youthful shoulders. He joins the party board and will have

a hand in overseeing financial issues and the selection of


'The party's youth wing wanted to break the mould and prove young people

could contribute in policy discussions and not just pound the streets

canvassing,' he says. Diary says: give 'em all policy jobs! The fewer

young canvassers (Tory or otherwise) knocking on our door before May,

the better.

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