I was born and raised in Workington, a constituency red in its history but overshadowed by it’s Brexit stance. With 61% of people voting leave, the terminology of ‘The Workington Man’ became nationally used in the 2019 General Election as a term for targeted voters from the north who had previously voted Labour but backed Brexit in the referendum.
I was a staunch supporter of leave during the 2016 Brexit Referendum, and although saddened that I wasn’t of age to vote, the outcome went my way. Many often forget the importance of young people and the impact they can make on an election outcome. Lack of youth engagement in the past was what spurred me to get involved with organising a Workington constituency hustings for the 2019 General Election candidates at my sixth form, where students were given the opportunity to put forward questions on topics that mattered to them.
I was involved with the local council elections in 2021, which although challenging in unprecedented times, signified the importance of a strong campaign and strong candidates. As Chairman, I am determined to take forward the skills learnt during that campaign and utilise them in the 2022 Local Elections, which are important for our party to dominate in the Cumbrian political scene. We have a growing group of young people who will each play an important role in maintaining local success whilst mapping the way for the next generation of Cumbria Young Conservatives.