THE CHANGING FACE OF THE CONSERVATIVE PARTY The Rise of a 'New Wave'
Conservative Party youth politics can be traced back to the turn of the century and the establishment of the Young Imperial League (YIL). While by no means as structured or as influential as its post- Second-World-War offspring, the Young Conservatives (YCs), the Young Imperial League nevertheless enabled many youngsters to taste formal Conservative Party politics for the first time. As its name suggests, it aimed to foster and encourage Conservative support for 'Empire, King and Country' and espoused what many of its members thought to be the cardinal values of duty, honour, and service to one's country. However, with no formal income or grant from the Party's central organisation, it depended to a large extent on local Conservative Association generosity. Unlike today's YCs, with their often hectic and headline grabbing meetings, the Young Imperialists held no national conferences, no spectacular or expensive rallies. At a time when young people were to be seen but not heard the Young Imperialists acted accordingly and caused their elders little concern.
Because of the YIL's early success, the party decided in 1931 to set up another youth group aimed at attracting university undergraduates: the Federation of University Conservative and Unionist Associations (FUCUA), which was structured to operate separately in____________________