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Christianah Babajide, from Havering Young Labour in London, writes why she is encouraging young people to register to vote and to vote Labour in the General Election on June 8th. 

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For many young people, mainstream politics feels out of touch, irrelevant and disconnected from their lives. That was until the backlash from Brexit. June’s referendum result left many, mostly the younger generation, disappointed and feeling remorseful that they hadn’t voted. While we can’t turn back time, we can prevent voter’s fatigue and apathy next month. On June 8th 2017 we can change the leadership of this country and shape a better Britain. For many of us, this will be our chance to take charge of our future in higher education by voting in a General Election, which is why it is even more important to make sure it is a choice we do not regret.

The reality facing Britain today: Tories cut the services and living standards of many, to fund tax cuts for a few, this reason alone, is why I will be voting Labour.

I am convinced the Labour party understands what Britain needs to succeed and their policies soothe the young people today – who feel that life is going to be harder for them than it was for their parents. The Tories and Liberal Democrats have betrayed an entire generation of young people, while Labour offers a better future in comparison and cultivates policies that won’t just benefit the privileged. The Labour Party carries everyone along and doesn’t discriminate against the poor.

Here are 3 big reasons that young people should vote Labour:

  • Education 

Labour propose a new National Education service, properly funding education from early years to post-16 education. They strongly believe in investing in education so that young people have the chance to succeed in life. Tories scrapped the requirement for teachers to be qualified; Labour urges all teachers to get qualified and build their skills throughout their careers, thus improving the standard of education for young people.

  • Security in Employment

A world of unemployment and inequality is one of the main concerns post-Brexit. Only a Labour Party will prioritise the economy and protect the benefits which guarantee jobs and help British businesses to thrive. Nearly half a million Scots currently earn less than the living wage; the Labour Party propose introducing a real living wage of £10 p/h.

  • Better Society

The Tories reckless approach to Brexit is putting millions of jobs at risk and jeopardises workers’ rights. However, instead of a country run by the rich, the Labour Party advocates a better Britain where all citizens can lead richer lives through the means of creating educational opportunities for all and providing safer neighbourhoods. As Jeremy Corbyn said in his first major General Election speech last week, “we will build a country for the many, not the few."

As an individual living in Barking and Dagenham borough, I am obliged to question what the Tories have ever done that has benefited me or anyone in my area. Our area needs strong safe leadership, something I am adamant the Labour Party can provide. Two years ago, Barking and Dagenham put faith in Jon Cruddas, MP for Dagenham and Rainham, to represent our community in Parliament. His record speaks for itself, since then, he has helped Queen’s hospital out of special measures, saved Dagenham Police from closure and helped 20,000 residents over the last two years. For the indigenous residents of Dagenham and Rainham, a vote for Jon is a vote for stability, strong public services, decent pensions and continued improvement. If ever there was a time to vote Labour it is now.

Many thanks to Christianah for this piece! Find the full original piece at: haveringyounglabour.wordpress.com/2017/05/04/why-im-voting-labour-and-you-should-too/

Make sure your voice is heard by registering to vote by May 22nd, registering takes just two minutes! And if you’re away or doing exams on June 8th, register for a postal vote!  https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

Fancy campaigning in Barking and Dagenham for Jon Cruddas? Join the Young Fabians on their campaign day on Sunday May 14th, at 11am, meeting at Dagenham East tube station. Facebook event here.

Christianah: why I'm voting Labour

Christianah Babajide, from Havering Young Labour in London, writes why she is encouraging young people to register to vote and to vote Labour in the General Election on June 8th. ...

Labour_rosette_(2).jpgYoung members can often be put in a box and told we are the future, but why wait when we have young members with talent now? Young members are not the future we are the present and you can make a real difference today by applying to be a candidate for a parliamentary seat.

On 21st April applications will open to Labour Party members to put themselves forward to stand as a parliamentary candidate in June.

These seats will include seats from which sitting MPs have retired from and seats where we currently don’t have a Labour MP.

We often talk about the importance of young people participating in politics but when it comes to things like encouraging young members to stand for parliament we seldom practice what we preach.

That is why I want to put out a message to encourage young members to take the ultimate part in our democracy; you must be 18 or over and have 12 months continued membership to apply. If selected, you will be required to campaign hard for a Labour victory for the next 6 weeks on the doorstep.

Being a parliamentary candidate whether that be in a marginal seat or an unwinnable is also fantastic experience as you will be able to learn how a parliamentary campaign is ran. Even just going through the selection process is helpful if you see yourself as running for Parliament in the future.

Proper representation means having people from all backgrounds and ages in our Parliament, young people in the UK can often struggle to see past the benches of older white men and are put off from politics because of this.

Labour having young people standing as candidates will send the Tories a message that we are not prepared to just sit down and put up with Tory austerity targeting young people. We want to get out and fight for a £10 living wage, free school meals for all school children and an economy that works for the many and not the few.

So if you see yourself as a candidate in this general election, do not be put off by being told you are too young, Parliament needs people from all ages to be able to represent the country.

You have until Sunday 23rd April to apply to stand for Labour. What are you waiting for?

Jasmin Beckett

NEC Youth Representative

@Jasmin_Beckett

 

Your Chance to be a Candidate in the 2017 General Election

Young members can often be put in a box and told we are the future, but why wait when we have young members with talent now? Young members are not...

Young Labour is hosting its first ever Political School this weekend in Birmingham. Here's a little of what you can expect from a jam-packed day of politics. 

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What can we do to stop the rise of the far right?

How can we fight for secure work for young people? What is the role of trade unions in this?

What is the right response to the humanitarian crisis in Syria?

These are massive questions. There’s not one simple answer to any of them. But this weekend in Birmingham, Young Labour will be debating, discussing and learning about all of these issues, and many, many more.

Getting involved with Labour politics can open up a new world of international and domestic issues and ask your opinion on every single one of them. Our political school is a chance to hear from experts and people who have incredible experience, so that you can make your own mind up and take back something back to your own communities, letting it shape the activism that you choose to be a part of. It’s a chance for young members to develop their understanding of how politics works and how to respond to big challenges as community leaders.

We are delighted to be joined by organisations from across the movement. We’ll be talking with the Labour Campaign for International Development about the humanitarian crisis in Syria. We’ll be talking about what’s next for the NHS now bursaries are axed with campaigners from Unison. The Jewish Labour Movement will be talking about how we can combat anti-Semitism. We'll be joined by a UAF activist who saw the nightmare inspired by far-right extremism on Utøya in 2011. There’ll be the opportunity to learn about how to organise campaigns in your community with community organising pros.

Talking about politics is important. This is what Young Labour is for: a space for thousands of young people to come together and talk about things that interest them, but also talk about things they’ve never heard of. It’s okay to say, wait a second – what does that mean? Between school, uni or work, there’s not always the chance to discuss what something like universal basic income is and whether it’s a good idea for 2017. Learning about funding and policies for education and the NHS and other things that matter so much to us day to day shouldn’t be reserved for people who do politics at university. Here’s your chance to talk it over.

We can’t wait to see you at our political school in Birmingham on Saturday. If you’re not able to make it, follow the debate on #YLPS17

 

What's happening at our Political School this weekend?

Young Labour is hosting its first ever Political School this weekend in Birmingham. Here's a little of what you can expect from a jam-packed day of politics. 


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