Tory rising star warns party is shedding support among the young and must ramp up social media game to compete with Corbyn

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TORY support among young people has slumped to a record low, one of the party’s rising stars has warned.

New MP Andrew Bowie called on Theresa May’s team to up their game online to compete with Jeremy Corbyn.

 Andrew Bowie urged Theresa May to target younger votersPA:Press Association Andrew Bowie urged Theresa May to target younger voters

And he revealed the Tories have fewer than 10,000 members under the age of 30 – putting them far behind Labour.

His warnings are set to increase pressure on the PM to promote the next generation of Conservatives at the next reshuffle.

The 29-year-old MP for West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine warned that the Tories are seen as a “fringe group” by many younger voters, risking “terminal decline”.

He told i: “For far too long we were reliant far too much on the older vote.

 The Prime Minister is under pressure to promote the next generation of Tory starsPA:Press Association The Prime Minister is under pressure to promote the next generation of Tory stars

“We took for granted that when people become slightly older, owned property, had a job and a family, they would naturally pivot towards Conservatives.

“We needed to have some base in the 18 to 40 group and we are now at an historic low in that age range voting for us.”

Mr Bowie, a former Royal Navy officer, said the party needs to be more active on social media and promote radical policies on key issues such as housing and student finance.

 Younger voters have flocked to Jeremy Corbyn thanks to his expensive policiesPA:Press Association Younger voters have flocked to Jeremy Corbyn thanks to his expensive policies

He praised his boss, Scottish Tories leader Ruth Davidson, for being able to connect with voters who didn’t previously support the party.




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