My name is Tom, and I am the joint Young Conservative Representative for the Epsom and Ewell Conservative Association, working with my friend Caleb.
I have always lived in Epsom, more specifically in Horton and I have attended both primary and secondary schools in Epsom too. Growing up in Epsom means I have a personal connection towards what occurs in Epsom and Ewell.
Having been interested in politics since the 2014 Scottish Independence Referendum, this has given me plenty of time to determine my outlook on life. I am attached to many of our country’s traditions for example the relationship between Parliament and the monarchy - I always ensure that I’m not busy when the State Opening of Parliament takes place! I strongly believe in personal responsibility, that people should be able to keep more of their money that they earn, and not feel they are being taken advantage of by an expansive state. Some may argue that this is increasingly important as we move on from an unprecedented pandemic and its impact.
More locally, I want to ensure that our green belt, for which Epsom is famous, is protected, whilst ensuring that disused sites can be used for houses. In 2018, when I completed my work experience in our local office in Ashtead, I was tasked with organising a ‘Protect the Green Belt’ petition, which received considerable support. It was brilliant to see this support first hand, and further demonstrated that the Conservative Party is the party which will protect Britain’s natural landscapes.
This explains why I am a passionate Conservative, though it does not explain why I have taken on the role of joint Young Conservative Representative. I have been associated with the Epsom Conservatives since 2018 and I have become involved with the Conservative Association and Student Union at the University of Warwick. I’ve met a diverse range of people, who ensured I was welcomed cordially. It is great for me to discuss my views with them, and hear about the thoughts and concerns of other members of our community, especially on the doorstep.
Therefore, with Caleb, I would like more younger people to have this opportunity. Many young people may not be politically active, but would enjoy discussing politics and other matters, and our association is perfect for this.
I thoroughly look forward to working with Caleb, and the other officers, as the joint Young Conservative Representative for the EECA, establishing new methods to attract young conservatives, whilst also working with other associations, especially Surrey-based, to increase youth membership and activity.