International Officer

The International Officer is elected at Youth Conference by Young Labour delegates from each English region, Scotland and Wales.

Zainab Ahmed

Zainab_Ahmad.jpgMy name is Zainab Ahmad and I am currently studying at St Dominic's Sixth Form College in Harrow, London. I recently joined the Labour Party and I am eager to take on a more active role within the youth movement. It is incredibly important that we make our voices heard and represent our generation; we are the future and the future begins from the decisions we make today. I am not afraid to voice the opinions of young members and I am confident in articulating these views. However, my biggest asset to the party is that I am extremely passionate about what I do. Young people are more aware then ever before about how our country is run and we have the ability to challenge machine politics like no one before us. The great thing about our generation is that we are the generation of social action. This is why I ask you, as a fellow member, to vote for me and allow me to work alongside you to ensure this progression of positive change. Together we can challenge austerity and define the future based on the Labour policy that we all know and aspire to; a fairer future for all.  

 

 

Thomas Boyd

Thomas_Boyd.jpegI’m standing for International Officer due to my deep interest in foreign affairs and diplomacy between nations, but most importantly because I want to help shape how the Labour Party can act to overseas events. The world is going through a tough time currently, especially with the rise of terrorism spreading from the Middle East and an insurgent Russia, just to name two of the many issues. Having a half-British-half-Thai background, I’ve always had a great interest in international affairs and I’ve been fortunate enough to have been able to travel between regions caught up in major political disputes. I’ve taken selfies where there are now tanks and seen first hand how UK foreign aid has helped those who have lost everything. I’ve been a Labour activist for a while, campaigning since the 2010 election, and all under the influence of Taylor Swift!

 

 

Hafsah Dabiri 

Hafsah_Dabiri.jpgMy name is Hafsah Dabiri and I will be standing for elections to the International officer role.This role requires someone who is passionate, engaging, confident and outgoing. And I believe that I am all these things and more. Currently I am working as a TV presenter and on the show we discuss issues which effect individual communities and the world as a whole, so I am up to date with current affairs. I study Government and Politics at AS, so my knowledge of the political stratosphere is extensive. In my school, Townley Grammar, I am a leader in the Global Committee which is a group dedicated to counter acting the global goals through international projects and fundraisers.  I have also recently been chosen to embark on a trip to India for an International conference to represent the UK in a model UN debate and a Community development and leadership summit. So I have experience with international affairs but I am also organised and able to fully appreciate different cultures. I work with many charities in the UK and I am a committed and dedicated person.

 

Alessandra Dakovic

Alessandra_Dakovic.JPGI am interested in standing as an international officer, regional representative and liberations officer at the women's caucus. I think these positions would be suited for me since i am a keen politics student, who watches or reads the news everyday. I have hand first hand experience of political issues and have experienced the knock on effect on those around me after benefit cuts, and social housing reduction and so on, I want to do all I can to be a good representative for anyone, of any circumstances. I am an confident public speaker, as I have been part of model UN for two consecutive years, debate mate and I was part of Jacksons lane youth theatre. As well as studying a level politics I also take a level psychology, history and philosophy, in addition I speak two languages English, and Serbo-Croatian and I learnt sign language, as I did my work experience in a Blanch Neville  school. I live by Mother Teresa's idea that 'I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.'

 

Raphael Dapaah

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Sweeping globalization and technological advancements now mean that the world is a much smaller place than it was years ago. This also means that people of all nations and cultures are a lot closer than they once were.

Socialism has been one of the most instrumental vehicles for global solidarity and understanding for several decades, bringing together a host of different people from all corners of the world with shared values and beliefs.

I have been fortunate enough to represent the UK at several international youth summits at the UN, European Parliament and NATO. I have campaigned on a host of social justice issues on the international stage, such as global warming and climate change, the refugee crisis in Europe, as well as youth unemployment and social inclusion. I have actively promoted the United Kingdom and the Labour party at every given opportunity granted to me on the international stage, and will continue to do so on behalf of the Labour Party. I relish the opportunity to expand the Young Labour Party’s socialist ties with her sister countries across Europe and beyond, and to facilitate collaboration with young Labour members and her MEPs in Europe.

Elliot Dean

Elliot_Dean.jpgI’m Elliot Dean and will be standing to become your Young Labour International Officer. Driven by a strong commitment to equality and social justice I believe by working together we can build stronger international links with sister parties, Trade Unions and social movements around the world. These vital links will enable Young Labour to truly tackle global issues affecting young people and be able to fight for fairer, more just and equal societies.
Previously I have worked with international organisations to build capacity and sustainable growth alongside implementing activist development programs. I have also been a council candidate and the chair of the TUC Southern & Eastern Region Young Members Network so understand the importance of representing members. With my passion for international affairs and experience of successfully delivering campaigns I will make sure Young Labour gets the recognition and backing we warrant on the global stage.
Young Labour is the strongest force it has ever been. We now have more Young Labour members than there has ever been before in the party’s history. As your International Officer I want to bottle that message of hope and take it as our offer to the world in 2016 and beyond.

Walker Darke 

WalkerDarke.jpgI am Walker Darke and I would like to be your Young Labour International Officer.
With the election of Jeremy Corbyn, combined with the huge influx of new Young Labour members, we need to show the electorate that there is a credible alternative to austerity that is supported by young people (and not just in the UK but globally as well). Strengthening links internationally will enable Young Labour to share good practice with our continental partners, in order to strengthen our position in the EU and worldwide to act together on all international issues (climate, war, terrorism, et al).

I am the candidate that can deliver this message (in French and English). As an active member of my local labour party I have extensive campaign experience: writing and delivering leaflets; engaging new members; and being vocal in meetings. I have experience in the British Youth Council and I was a Member of UK Youth Parliament, attending National Labour Party Conferences as well. Additionally, I have international experience at the EU with Labour MEP’s plus, at University, I spent a year abroad to strengthen my knowledge of European and international politics.

 

Harry Le Page 

Harry_Le_Page.JPGI am standing to be Young Labour’s International Officer.
As members of Young Labour we feel passionately about lots of things; The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, nuclear proliferation and climate change to name a few. However, we don’t stand a chance of achieving meaningful change if we campaigning alone.
If elected, I will work with our sister parties abroad to organise and campaign on key issues, building unity and cohesion to achieve meaningful change.
What this will mean for you as a Young Labour member is more campaigning on issues you care about, seeing real change and organised trips to visit our comrades abroad.
Like much of Young Labour, who has been out door knocking I know all too well that a lot of people feel that the global system just isn’t working for them.
The European Referendum, the vote of our lifetime, is just round the corner and too many people are dissatisfied with the current system.If elected I will campaign to re-forge the narrative that a globalised Britain benefits all and combat the UKIP narrative, that so many of us have seen on the doorstep.

Young Labour needs to be clear globalisation benefits us all

Shay Miah

Shay_Miah.pngWhy I’m standing for international officer.
Over the last few years we have seen many difficulty problems internationally. Problems that we will very soon be directly facing, because we are the future generation, the generation who will have to take control of many issues we face locally, nationally and internationally.
I believe to tackle many problems we have to create a better and strong bond internationally, we must work together as a core group of Young members to create and innovate ideas to build a stronger relationship with our sister partners and others.
I believe we have to fight together for the next generation. Millions of Young people today are suffering due to poverty, employment and education, work with our sister partners; we can create a better future for the Young people after us.
It is time for Young Labour to come out their shells, to show nationally and internationally, what we are capable of, to show that we are the next generation and to make a stand with our sister partners and others to create a better world for us all. Together we are stronger to create change.

Rob Newbery

Rob_Newbery.jpgI am running for International Officer of Young Labour because I believe I have the experience and the enthusiasm for the role, and, crucially, I'm passionate about Internationalism!

For the last 4 years I have served on the London Young Labour Executive, during which time I have run policy events; organised speaker events and canvassing sessions.

Alongside that I have also been active within the Labour Movement for Europe. I was previously Vice President of the Young European Movement and am actively involved in the Young Fabian International Network.

My main three priorities are:

1) Working and campaigning to the General Secretary's Office to overturn the ban on attending the YES summer camp.

2) Creating a process to help Young Members from our sister parties to get involved with Young Labour.

 3) Work in conjunction with the Labour Campaign and LME to get young people involved in the campaign and to look at creating a Young Labour Campaign.

I am a proud Internationalist and European, and believe that I will be able to achieve these goals and help contribute to our parties proud history of been an international movement

Connor Parker

Connor_Parker.jpg21 years old, currently studying a masters in Sociology at Sheffield Hallam University which is being funded through a scholarship I was awarded at the end of my undergraduate studies in History. As I mature my political motivation is reaching its acme, I attend anti-austerity rallies whenever available, participate in local Labour activities and read both the news and works of great political scientist as past time. I’ve made my interests into material contributions by writing for 3 journalism websites and being a leading member of both the politics and debating society.
However the CV-esque nature of my past efforts doesn't do justice to my beliefs. My life experience has given me a passionate feeling that young people are under threat in modern society. This issue grips not just the UK but the entire European Union and it is only through an international effort led by organisations such as Young Labour that we can find a solution before the incipient of a crisis for young people. With me as Young Labours International Officer I fully believe I could be a contributing force for the whole of Labour so it can lead the debate on Young People and Europe.

Joshua Pierpoint

Joshua_Pierpoint.jpgWith an increasing interest with the ever-changing, diverse and incredibly multifaceted world in which we live, and with politics at such a pinnacle turning point, a candidate such as myself would thrive and grow in such a role, developing not only in myself, but developing us collectively as an ever-growing party. As a keen, enthusiastic and dedicated activist, I see the desperate need for an active voice and improving representation of young people. I have a flourishing and captive engagement with reforms in the education system and moral and ethical advances. Being a sixth-form student, I have the ability to pool my resources and have a sounder knowledge of the critical and constructive reforms that students of a diverse age range want and see the need for. With studying English literature I have the critical analysis required challenges that would arise in such a respected role. My other AS levels such as Drama, which allows me present myself in a number of according ways, and Philosophy and Ethics, which allows an insight into the philosophical and ethical ways we are used to, and gaps in the ‘natural law’ which must be addressed, Make me an aspiring, strong candidate this position.

Jude Rowley 

Jude_Rowley.jpgAt a time like this, the most important thing for Labour is unity. Not just unity within the party, but unity across an ideology; unity across nations. That is precisely why I am standing for the role of International Officer. Whilst to serve Young Labour in any capacity would be a great honour, and an invaluable experience, it is important that we do not forget the reason the role exists. There are important responsibilities that are vital to the role of International Officer, including representing Young Labour in the presence of fellow socialists from the IUSY and the ECOSY. I feel that I could epitomise the qualities required to fulfil these responsibilities. If I did not, I would not be standing. With a strong interest in foreign affairs and international relations, I strongly believe that I could contribute beneficially to our party, and would dedicate myself to doing so. The very fact that these elections are held shows that the future for democracy, for the Labour Party, and for Britain is bright, and I hope that my fellow members can put their trust in me to consider electing me as an International Officer for the North West.

 

Sebastian Sanchez - Schilling 

Sebastian_Sanchez-Schilling.jpgI decided to run for International Officer after visiting the EU Parliament in Strasbourg with my MEP, Richard Howitt. Seeing Parliament in session, and having a Q&A session with Socialist MEPs inspired me, but it was only after meeting the President of the Party of European Socialists, Sergei Stanishev, that I became convinced. This experience cemented the importance of solidarity and building networks internationally with our fellow socialist sister parties; Young Labour is crucial in this by linking with the next generation. My organizational experience includes starting up a youth-wing in my CLP and working towards creating a cross-constituency youth wing in Cambridgeshire, making the most of a beacon of red in a sea of blue, and taking part in the Jeremy Corbyn leadership campaign. Being born in New York City to Chilean immigrants, I have always been exposed to a multitude of different cultures. This was furthered by living in South America. Already bilingual, on my gap year I am learning French and Italian. I am also volunteering at Oxfam, a homeless shelter and with my local foodbank. My cosmopolitan background, passion for Labour and organization makes me believe I’d be well suited for the role of International Officer. 

 

Abdi Suleiman 

Abdi_Suleiman.jpgThis summer’s energy and our new leader give us all reason to be excited.
The labour party at its core is an internationalist organisation. That in the injustices that it struggles against in the UK sees the same perpetrators around world; the powerful, the wealthy and the exploiters and degraders of their fellow human beings.
Solidarity is not an idle word, not something to be said and forgotten, it is the glue that bonds the labour party to a world of sister parties that between them fill us all with enough hope to believe, in spite of all the forces of injustice, that another world is possible.
I want us to strengthen these links, expand these connections and educate our new members about our rich history of internationalism. Remind us all that no matter how difficult it can sometimes feel, we are not alone but part of an international network of people who have organised to make this world a better place.
I am a proud member of Unite the Union, former NEC member of the National Union of Students, formerly president of Sheffield students union and brought up in Sheffield, the capital of the Socialist republic of South Yorkshire.

James Steel 

James_Steel.jpegHello, I’m James Steel, 19 and I have been a Labour Party member since 2014. I like many of you fought hard in the previous General Election to bring about a Labour victory and from that felt a crushing blow when the Tories got back into power with their marginal majority. I live in Central Devon CLP which is one of the safest Conservative seats in the country so I know the reasons why we lost the last General Election. We lost because we weren’t offering an alternative to the Tories and we weren’t prepared to talk about the European question along with the migrant question. As the International Rep for Young Labour I would work with our socialist European partners to present the social view of the reasons why we should stay in Europe and not just point out the free market benefits. I’m not going to be afraid to tackle the European question head on and with the referendum coming up I believe that this is a key aspect to have in the International Rep. I will also build and present a balanced opinion on the European migrant crisis as this is a topic that needs discussing. 

 

 

Samuel Sweek

Samuel_Sweek.JPGAs a big part of my role as Youth Officer of the Huntingdon CLP it is crucial that I stay up-to-date with ongoing news from across the globe as well as UK current affairs. Over the last few months, overseas affairs have been hugely in the public eye and the lack of constructive actions taken by the current government is both inhumane and disheartening. Political affiliations aside, it is our duty as human beings to do what we can to help those in need – the refugee crisis needs serious action, and it needs it now.
Young Labour has the power to ensure that such disasters are prevented in future generations and as we have seen with more recent events is that the movement amongst young people holds the real power to unite in the face of adversity and as International Officer, I will use my connections and ties to international organisations to ensure that we do all we can and work together to prevent such tragedies from happening again. The Labour Party is about fairness, equality and a better society – but in this role I will do what I can to work towards a better, safer world.

Kelly Taylor 

Kelly_Taylor.jpegI joined the Labour Party at 16 as I believed in its founding principles of Social justice for all and strong community values. As a Socialist I believe that it is important that everyone in our society is fairly represented especially those who don’t feel that they have a voice. Our society is wider than the UK and the Labour Party has a moral duty to represent those people internationally that are not being heard.

I have a keen interest in international politics and as a Medical student who has spent some time on placements in Africa and Central America I believe that I have a unique exposure to health related international affairs. I am friendly, eager to learn and keen to represent the views of the youth section of the Labour Party at various events and liaising with our sister parties throughout Europe. If I have the opportunity to become the international officer I will put my 100% effort behind it ensuring that the Labour Party is represented internationally for the party that we know it to be; One of justice, integrity and hard work.

 

‘’Sweeping globalization and technological advancements now mean that the world is a much smaller place than it was years ago. This also means that people of all nations and cultures are a lot closer than they once were.

Socialism has been one of the most instrumental vehicles for global solidarity and understanding for several decades, bringing together a host of different people from all corners of the world with shared values and beliefs.

I have been fortunate enough to represent the UK at several international youth summits at the UN, European Parliament and NATO.

I have campaigned on a host of social justice issues on the international stage, such as global warming and climate change, the refugee crisis in Europe, as well as youth unemployment and social inclusion.

I have actively promoted the United Kingdom and the Labour party at every given opportunity granted to me on the international stage, and will continue to do so on behalf of the Labour Party.

I relish the opportunity to expand the Young Labour Party’s socialist ties with her sister countries across Europe and beyond, and to facilitate collaboration with young Labour members and her MEPs in Europe.’’

 

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