The Conservative Party has become “too shallow” and needs a “re-invigoration of political thought” that can draw young people to the party, a minister has said.
The MP warned that the Tory election campaign had relied on “poxy little slogans” to attract the youth vote and failed to counter Jeremy Corbyn‘s offer of “free money” in the form of state-funded university tuition and other hand-outs.
The minister told The Telegraph: “You’ve got to persuade a new generation of people of what’s what. We never even tried, so Corbyn just came in and basically bribed people to vote for him with other people’s money that doesn’t even exist.”
The intervention came after experts attributed a high turnout in Thursday’s poll partly to younger voters turning out for the first time. Ben Page, the chief executive of Ipsos Mori, the polling company, said the firm had underestimated the number of young people who would turn out for Labour.
Chuka Umunna, the Labour MP for Streatham, said on Friday that he believed many young people had become engaged in the political system after last year’s Brexit vote.
“I saw the younger generations in this country get passionate about politics in a way I’ve never seen before around that EU referendum campaign,” he said.