Youth board member Sian Davidson reflects on how the inspiration of her Grandfather, the legacy of William Wilberforce and the activities of her local party gave rise to her active political engagement.

Someone who first inspired me to become politically active was my Grandad. He was from the Ukraine and was greatly interested in politics around the world.

And it was William Wilberforce who inspired me to put my faith into action and go into politics. Like him, I want to put my faith into action, giving people a voice and making a difference in the world.

Taking steps with my local party has induced me into becoming more actively engaged. A few years ago, I joined the Conservative Party and contacted my local Association. They responded immediately and informed me of how I could get involved locally. Since then I have been campaigning and leafleting for my local MP and the Police and Crime Commissioner candidate. I am also involved in my constituency and that of the neighbouring constituency. What is more, this year I attended the Party Conference for the first time where I met people of different ages who also had an interest in politics. I made new friends, networked greatly and attended a variety of interesting speeches and fringe events. I want to make a difference and would love one day to become an MP.

I am really excited to be a part of the Youth Engagement Project.

1 Timothy 4:12 says: “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.”

Reflecting on this passage, I feel particularly strongly that, just because we are young, it does not mean that we should or cannot be involved in politics. On the contrary, I want to encourage and inspire young Christians that we have so much to offer to politics. It should not be something to be scared of, but somewhere that our voices can be heard. A place where we can have an impact. A place where we can live out our faith and be the salt and light in the world. A place where we can all make a difference.