Hani Mustafa is a Conservative Party member and youth councillor of 14 years of age. Follow him on Twitter: @
People often assume that young people are not interested in politics. Those of us that are interested, are often assumed to be left-wing. To some extent that’s true, a recent YouGov poll shows that university students are mainly interested in traditional left-wing issues; the fact that the NUS (National Union of Students) is often said to have a left wing bias, are just a few examples of how students can be left-wing. So it often comes as a surprise, when I tell people that I’m a fully paid-up member of the Conservative Party.
But it shouldn’t. The core conservative values of family, aspiration, and being able to stand on your own two feet are values which any young person will realise are vital if you’re to get on in life.
Conservatives don’t hate the poor, and neither are they all incredibly rich and privately educated. In the short time I’ve been a member, I’ve met people from all sorts of backgrounds. As a party member, I’m proud of the way in which the party welcomes people with open arms, no matter their background, or upbringing; that’s why I’m proud to be a Conservative.
However, in my opinion, my most important reason for me being a Conservative is quite simply that conservative policies rewards those that work hard. Be it by cutting income tax for hard-working people, or by introducing a new national living wage that will reach £9 by 2020, and give 2.5 million people an average £5,000 rise over five years. This Conservative party has put working people first, and by putting ordinary working people first it has been able to attract supporters like me, who believe in country where it pays to work.
They say your politics are inspired by your family. From a young age, my family have installed a strong work-ethic in me. I have always been told that if I want something, I should work hard to get it. Whilst I had a great start in life, I know other people aren’t as fortunate.
The Conservative Party are trying to transform the education system so that all young people have the best possible start in life. Whether it be more children in good or outstanding schools, or the fact that students are now taking the more rigorous qualifications which give improved opportunities for pupils in higher education and the world of work. Conservative polices have given millions of young people the best start in life, and for that very reason I’m a Conservative.
I’d like to end this article on a quote by Margret Thatcher, a lady who in my opinion changed this country for the better and who I admire greatly:
“Where there is discord, may we bring harmony. Where there is error, may we bring truth. Where there is doubt, may we bring faith. And where there is despair, may we bring hope.”
To me this quote symbolises why I’m a conservative. Conservative polices help people, they give people the chance to do well in life, and for that reason I’m proud to say: “I am a Conservative”.
This article is part of our ongoing ‘Why I am a Conservative’ series, in which supporters of CfL talk about their beliefs and values. If you would like to take part please email email@example.com.