Time for a New Deal for a New Generation?

This CPF discussion paper begins with some salutary facts on the challenge we face with younger voters:

  • In this year’s general election, two-out-of-three first-time voters (aged 18 or 19) supported Labour;

  • Fewer than one-in-five voted Conservative;

  • The age at which a voter is more likely to have voted Conservative than Labour has now risen to 47.

It encourages members to reflect on the key policy question: what should the Conservatives be doing in policy terms to help restore the confidence of younger voters?

Clearly, discussions will be more greatly informed if groups include members who can actually speak of their experiences as recent school-leavers: young workers and apprentices, current students, and recent graduates. If your CPF Group does not usually include many members aged under 40, then we would encourage you to use this opportunity to reach out to younger members in your constituency. Please advertise the CPF paper and on your Facebook and Twitter pages and encourage participation of non-members as well so we can show we are reaching out. Let them know that you are interested in them and want to understand their perspective.

We want to ensure that as many associations and as many members are able to engage in this vital and wide-ranging discussion. (The closing date for this brief is 31 December.)

Please send your responses to the paper, using the response form published below, via CPF.Papers@conservatives.com. A summary of responses to this paper will be sent to the Chairman of the Prime Minister’s Policy Board and relevant Ministers within a month of the closing date for submissions.

Thank you. We look forward to your ideas on this important topic.


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