The Chair is elected at Youth Conference by Young Labour delegates from each English region, Scotland and Wales.
When I first got involved in the Labour Party back in 2010, I'd never have thought that five years later I'd be standing for chair of Young Labour. Over these past five years, this movement has become an amazing and important part of my life. For the past three years I've sat on London Young Labour's committee and represented young members on London Labour's regional board. I’ve been chair of Leeds Labour Students, and have been youth officer and women's officer for my constituency.
I'm standing for chair because as much as I love Young Labour I know that there is so much about it which can be better. I believe my record of working with young members from across the Labour movement, of organising campaigns and of helping create accessible and friendly young Labour groups and events demonstrates that I am the right person to take Young Labour forward. My priorities are:
- Building Young Labour groups across the country
- Making Young Labour more transparent and democratic; bringing in one member one vote for all elections, making sure that the committee put out regular reports and ensuring that members feel able to hold the committee to account.
- Making our events more accessible and putting liberation at the heart of Young Labour
- Making campaigning enjoyable for and relevant to our members
- Creating spaces across the country where young members are able to discuss policy and generate ideas to feed into our party’s policy making process.
I want to create a movement that everyone can feel a part of; a movement where we look out for each other, are kind to each other and where everyone can feel welcomed.
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Hi, I’m Caroline, a 25 year-old, newly qualified primary school teacher. After serving on the Young Labour national committee as a trade union representative, I am standing to be your National Chair.
I’m very proud to be supported by Unite the Union, UNISON, the GMB, the Socialist Educational Association and UCATT.
Since Jeremy Corbyn’s victory, we have more Young Labour members than ever before. Now’s a huge opportunity to create a strong movement fighting for change, which supports, trains and educates young members. To achieve this, my priorities are:
• National campaigns: we should be a more outward-facing organisation that runs its own relevant national campaigns, working with trade unions and socialist societies to deliver them.
• A transparent, accountable and democratic Young Labour: a review is being held – as chair, I’ll ensure that it results in a system that engages our membership, makes it easier to get involved and hold officers to account. I’ve consistently fought for this – let’s make it happen.
• Political education and training: we all joined to learn more and to explore and develop our politics. Young Labour needs to support and encourage this, as well as taking a role in training effective campaigners. There’s so much talent and enthusiasm within our movement, let’s use it.
I have a strong track record of getting things done: with other trade union reps I formed the Labour Young Trade Unionist’s Network. This network created a space for young trade unionists in Young Labour and was a formidable campaigning force during the general election. We organised national campaign days in every region of the UK, with travel and accommodation covered to make sure costs were never an issue, something I will replicate for Young Labour.
If this sounds like a Young Labour you want, #ChooseCaroline.
Full manifesto: www.carolineforchair.org