‘Blue for boy’ Harry sleeps through his record-breaking Tory entrance
HE follows in the footsteps of 18th century politician William Pitt the Younger and modern-day Tory Coalition government’s Foreign Secretary, William Hague.
In 1783 Pitt became the youngest prime minister in British history at the age of 24 while former Conservative leader Hague was the teenage darling of Tory Party conferences at 14.
Last Friday, baby Harry Pritchard made a fairly quiet entrance into the political arena of politics – at the tender age of four months.
The son of Cannock’s Anglesey Group managing director Jonathan and his wife, Sarah, broke the record for the youngest ‘member’ of the party to attend the Tamworth Conservative Association’s annual dinner at Drayton Manor – former home of Tory moderniser and Victorian prime minister Sir Robert Peel.
Harry’s arrival in the hurly-burly world of politics wasn’t planned.
Mum Sarah, 37, explains: “We weren’t thinking of bringing him to this event but unfortunately the baby sitter let us down right at the very last minute.
“We didn’t want to miss our first association dinner, so we brought him with us.”
Harry was impeccably behaved, sleeping through all the courses. But he did rouse for Environment Secretary Owen Paterson’s speech.
“He woke up for that – and obviously enjoyed the contents,” added his mum.
The couple are already planning their next association event but “probably without young Harry,” added dad Jonathan, 43.