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BUDDING politicians under the age of 30 are being urged to join a new group.
The Hartlepool Conservative Future group, which aims to involve young people in politics and addressing issues that affect them, was recently launched in town.
The event was held at Hartlepool Cricket Club, in Park Drive, in the West Park area of town.
Park ward councillors George Morris, Ray Wells and Brenda Loynes attended the event, alongside special guest James Wharton, who is MP for Stockton South.
The 27-year-old is a Conservative Future member and group members say people can aspire to what he has achieved.
Conservative Future, which has more than 15,000 members across the country, is the largest youth political organisation in the UK.
It runs a range of events and activities including policy discussions and social gatherings.
Shane Moore, chairman of Hartlepool Conservative Future, added: “This is a group for people under the age of 30 across Hartlepool.
“It is about getting young people involved in politics.
“It was fitting that James Wharton MP officially launched the group in Hartlepool because he is a member of Conservative Future.
“It also shows those people who have aspirations to get into politics what they can achieve.”
Coun Wells, Conservative group leader, said: “Conservative Future was set up because it was recognised by the party that it had quite an out-of-date image.
“This was introduced to help fill the gap.
“I am delighted that Shane Moore has used his initiative to form one in Hartlepool and I wish him every success.”
Members of Conservative Future also have the opportunity to get involved during the campaign period – supporting and standing as Conservative candidates in local and national elections.
For more information about joining the group log on to the website www.hartlepoolcf.co.uk