My name is Alastair Geddes, I'm 19 years old and currently studying politics at Sheffield Hallam University - although prior to moving to Sheffield last September I lived in Perth, Scotland.
The vast bulk of my political experience during the last year was from campaigning as part of Better Together in order to secure Scotland's future as part of the United Kingdom - an experience I thoroughly enjoyed as it gave me a chance to voice my opinions to many different people from different walks of life, while also hearing their own personal opinions. The time I spent campaigning with Better Together also gave me an opportunity to engage in debate with supporters of the Yes campaign, and meet lots of the politicians involved. I believe that the independence referendum was very successful in engaging Scotland's young people with politics, and hope that they continue to participate in debates and campaigning - regardless of whether or not I agree with their political views.
I'm a member of the Conservative party, and hope to continue campaigning with the party in the future as they seek to ensure Britain's economic recovery. Although I'm a member of the party, those who know me are aware that this does not necessarily mean I'm a supporter of every single party policy. Many of my views have their roots in my personal Christian faith and upbringing - for example, I'm an advocate of one nation conservatism, which holds that it is the responsibility of the wealthy in society to care for those less fortunate.
Favourite political theorists: Benjamin Disraeli, Thomas Hobbes, Edmund Burke.
Political ideology in a sentence: compassionate conservative
Favourite political quotes:
"Some people regard private enterprise as a predatory tiger to be shot. Others look on it as a cow they can milk. Not enough people see it as a healthy horse, pulling a sturdy wagon." - Winston Churchill
"On matters of style, swim with the current; on matters of principle, stand like a rock." - Thomas Jefferson