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,