The Ordinary Reps are elected at Youth Conference by Young Labour delegates from each English region, Scotland and Wales.
My interest in politics was heightened by the elections, especially the surge of populist support for Jeremy Corbyn, and having recently joined the Labour Party, I am very keen to put my communication skills to good use in promoting the interests of young members as soon as possible. I have always been passionate and unafraid to speak out for others. At my college, I was elected to be spokesperson on behalf of my form to voice opinions on what we thought could improve college life. I believe my people skills make me very approachable and people view me as trustworthy and reliable. I am involved in many human rights charities and have been on international trips to focus on providing support to those who are voiceless and vulnerable, an example of this is visiting Death Row in Texas to meet with inmates and visit charities that work to make sure they get fair representation. The issues that affect young people are close to my heart: I would campaign for lowering the voting age, for resumption of a green agenda, the end to austerity, fairer housing policies and curbs on the arms trade
This is my first time standing for youth elections and even though I may not be as confident or as experienced as some of the other candidates, I can assure you that I will always be there to listen to you and to voice your opinions. I believe that it is vital for all young members to be listened to, as we all have different topics that we feel strongly about and they are all equally important. I joined the Labour Party shortly before the last general election, as I had become inspired after volunteering for the Labour Party in my local area. What drew me to the Labour party was the idea of an equal and fair society, which of course is not evident within the Conservative Party. I believe that it should not only be those from privileged backgrounds who have a big say within politics, but also those of us who have come from underprivileged backgrounds. Therefore, if you allow me to serve as your next ordinary representative, I aim to encourage more young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to become more politically active within the Labour Party, as well as voicing all of your opinions.
Jack Halinski - Fitzpatrick
I want to bring the Corbyn revolution to Young Labour. There has been a huge influx of new, grassroots youth members of the Labour Party because they see no future for themselves under capitalism - which only offers us austerity and decreasing living standards. Jeremy Corbyn offers a real alternative to this. Our role on the Young Labour committee must be to recognise this movement and build unity around the socialist ideas that Corbyn bases himself on. We should call for the nationalisation of the railways, the post office and the steel industry; opposition to trident; opposition to the monarchy; and opposition to austerity. Young Labour should aim to build a clear and bold anti-capitalist, socialist programme around these demands. To forge this unity within our party, and amongst the working class more broadly, we need to put a stop to the deliberate attempts of some members of the Labour Party to undermine Corbyn’s leadership. Young Labour must campaign for the basic democratic right of mandatory reselection for all MPs, and for the national conference of the Party to be the supreme policy making body. On this basis Labour can win on a socialist programme.
I’m worried about our future. It seems to me that the party is breaking up. Not just between left and right, or Blairites and Corbynites, but between members and ministers. Increasingly, we’re seeing arguments about our policies, our response to issues such as tax credits and the Paris massacre. There are those who feel that we should do anything to try and win the public over, and those who feel that we should stick to what worked before. Saying whatever could get us more votes didn’t work in May. So now we need to ask ourselves; what do we want to do? We form the largest part of the party by far. So as an Ordinary rep, I’ll fight for what the members want. I won’t argue that we should do something because we’ve done it before, because the experts think we should do it, or because we might gain a seat here or there. If we’re going to do something, let’s do it because we, the party as a whole, think it’s the best thing to do.
I’m George Hartley, I’m 18 and I’m from Stratford-upon-Avon. Recent changes within The Labour Party have influenced me to become a member and I’m incredibly proud to represent the party. I am a staunch supporter of true democracy and recognise the importance of the voices of young people, who will probably be affected the longest by decisions made within the party. I am eager and attentive and I want to reinvigorate the attitudes of young people towards politics. I am currently a Student Representative and Student Ambassador at Stratford-upon-Avon College and have received rounds of applause for my ability to listen to the needs and desires of fellow students and pitch them to impressed members of staff. I am very interested in politics and I am massively relieved by the impact Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell have had on the party in recent months. I would absolutely love to be in a situation where I can make a difference for fellow young members and help to shape the future of our country so that we, as a party, can solve problems made by the government and make the changes that desperately need to be made.
I joined the Labour party four years ago because I wanted to ensure we had Labour representatives on councils and in constituencies across the country. Since then I have campaigned extensively across the North West and Eastern Regions. Through my campaigning and experience and the organisational roles I have performed both on the Wirral and in Cambridge, I learnt not only how important young people are in this organization, but also how many valuable opinions and experiences exist within it. I know I work and communicate well with young people and I would harness these attributes to make sure the various voices and opinions in this movement are heard, listened to, and most importantly, motivated. Too often it is assumed that debate equals division, but there is no reason why a plethora of opinions and ideas cannot contribute positively to the vibrant movement I’m proud to be a part of. If I was lucky enough to serve on the committee I would like to see us working towards a better working relationship between CLPs and Young members, regional based young campaign training days, and a continued focus on campaigning for local councils and on seeing more young candidates.
I’m currently studying in Birmingham having previously worked for a dementia charity. I’ve served on the Young Labour National Committee as the West Midlands Representative for one term, and I’ve attended every meeting.
In my role, I’ve organised numerous regional events and campaign days. For the general election I campaigned in almost every target seat in the West Midlands and many others across Britain.
On the YLNC I’ve spoken frankly, been prepared to challenge, and voted independently.
As an Ordinary Representative I will:
• Continue to speak up for young members and not be afraid to ask difficult questions
• Assist in organising conferences and events – and make sure ordinary members feel able to attend
• Pressure for reform of Young Labour to make it more democratic and able to support members and local groups across the country
• Ensure Young Labour campaigns on the issues that matter to young members
I won’t overpromise or override other committee members – I’ll work with them to make Young Labour better for its grassroots members.
I want to build on my record in the West Midlands and take it to a national level – and I hope I can gain your support.
"As a new member I have quickly got involved in voter registration and anti-racism campaigns in Stoke, and have been elected as Social Media Coordinator to the Stoke West Executive Committee.
As Ordinary Rep it is vital to hear as many grassroots voices as possible, and I get to hear a wide range of young voices through my regular Huffington Post articles, my interfaith Facebook page with 350,000 fans, and through my speaking and lecturing work in the BAME community through which I interact with hundreds of young people every month at schools, mosques, and community centres nationwide.
I was previously a student at Oxford University, Markfield Institute in Leicester, the University of Law in Manchester, and I am now completing my studies in Chester. I am consequently tapped into a broad network of student views from across the country.
I have a track record of amplifying youth voices. I was previously a Young Advisor to Hazel Blears and Ed Balls on Counter-Extremism, and was part of a Foreign Office delegation to Pakistan. I also won a £15,000 grant from HSBC for my charity project Million4Peace, and I look forward to further representing grassroots views as Ordinary Rep!"
I'm a 17 year old girl with a strong passion for Gender Equality and so last year I set up my own ‘Gender Equality within the STEM industry’ campaign which I still manage by voicing other students’ opinions. I developed a desire in politics when I took part in a programme called ‘My Voice My Vote’ (UpRising) which taught young people about the 2015 General Elections, through this I also got an opportunity to take part in Houses of Parliament debates and meet people in power. Due to my open mindedness and nature to seizing every opportunity that comes my way, I contributed to Sadik Khan’s Dare to Dream campaign from which I was able to join the Labour party. This was one of the best decisions I made as I enjoy attending my local consistency’s (Kingston and Surbiton) regular meetings where we discuss local issues and can really make a difference. Being one of the youngest people at these events enabled me become much more mature and confident as I am now able to represent mine and other people’s views assertively. With my perseverance, dedication and hard work I would like this opportunity to make a difference within LYL.
Over the past year I have become increasingly more politically active. By taking Government and Politics at a-level it has furthered knowledge of the United Kingdom’s democratic system and I hope I will be able to inspire other young people to be encourage to get involved in politics, aiming to reduce the political apathy and partisan dealignment within the young communities. I also take part in political blogging what has made me more politically involved and winded my political knowledge further. I’m also a big believer in equality and put the needs of others before my own; I’m often described as being a selfless, compassionate person. As well as this It is often said I’m very unique and bubbly. On top of this I’m a friendly welcoming person who is very confident this enables me to communicate to people of all ages and backgrounds. Throughout all aspects of my life I believe I’m passionate thus making me a strong character who fights for her beliefs and won’t stand in the corner, I’m not afraid to voice my opinion. Overall I am unique individual who looks out for others before she looks out for herself.
I am the current treasurer on Sheffield Young Labour and active member of my local Labour Party branch within the Sheffield Hallam constituency. I’m studying a Masters in Sociology and Policy at Hallam University which is funded through a scholarship I was awarded at the end of my undergraduate studies. My course gives me a detailed insight into many of the injustices I perceive within society and an knowledge of current governmental policy. I attend anti-austerity rallies, and I read both the news and works of great political scientists constantly. I use all of this knowledge in an attempt to give back to society by doing research on my own time with people who are currently affected by Conservative austerity; most recently I surveyed 100 Junior Doctors on their response to current crisis within their profession.
I thoroughly enjoy creating a dialogue between members of communities to shed light on issues that envelope our modern day society. I believe that my professional and other activities has equipped me with all the skills required to excel as a Young Labour Ordinary Representative and I hope I can use my position to give a voice to a nation of struggling Young People.
My name is Duncan and I am running to be an Ordinary rep. I joined Labour on the day of the first fully Conservative budget earlier this year as I was so outraged by the scrapping of the maintenance grant. The Tories are now attacking not just less advantaged students, but also the working poor as they wish to push through their tax credit cuts regardless of what the second chamber has said. The reason for me wanting to be an Ordinary rep is that I study in Belfast and the sectarian nature of Ulster politics is regressive and squanders the chances of unifying the community. A Labour voice is needed for ordinary Northern Irish people. The six counties should not be a prohibited territory as they are governed by the UK government and so should have a say on what party gets into government. There are those in Northern Ireland that want a Labour government to benefit their lives, but they are not given the democratic choice. This needs to change and I will fight for this as the current Treasurer of QUB Labour Students and hopefully as Ordinary rep.
Having had the pleasure to serve South East members on the Young Labour National Committee for the past two years, I am standing for Ordinary Rep on a programme of change. During my time in Young Labour I have found the organisation to be in dire need of radical transformation. Inspired by Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership campaign and the rise of anti-austerity parties across Europe, if elected, I will fight to turn Young Labour into the finest socialist youth section in the world.
As a firm believer in democratic socialism, I will bring forward measures to transform Young Labour into a giant vehicle of popular political mobilisations, working creatively with social movements, anti-cuts groups, trade unions, community groups; providing a governmental perspective for real change, and including the membership and the wider community in discussion and development of a programme for change. Additionally, I will fight for the wholesale democratisation of Young Labour, accountable to Youth Conference and the wider membership. For more information about my campaign and what I stand for feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, call me on 07707 717699, or visit my campaign page at http://on.fb.me/1NGzpne Onwards to Socialism!
I am standing to be an Ordinary Rep because I believe some of the most important people within the Labour movement are young members at the grass roots. These are the people that will shape Labour’s future and it is them who I want to engage with and represent. We are seeing huge numbers (myself included) who have chosen to join the party in the wake of electoral defeat last May. I know that Labour can win in 2020. I believe that in order to do so, we need to re-engage with young voters who are disillusioned with party politics. Working at Leeds University Union, I come into contact with different young people from different backgrounds on a daily basis. This gives me a balanced understanding of what’s important to young people living in Britain today. My experiences working in Africa and in Business, also gives me an excellent appreciation of the wider World around us and how to build rapport and find common ground with people different from myself. I have a passion for Labour values; I am honest, hard-working and assertive and I promise to be a strong, fair and representative voice for young members.
I’m Zarah Sultana and I'm running to be your Young Labour Ordinary Rep!
I have a wealth of experience from my campus, community and trade union. At the University of Birmingham, I have been active as a member in the Guild of Students. In Birmingham, I have volunteered in the constituency office for Labour MP Shabana Mahmood and in the Streetly local council election. Through the NUS, I have campaigned for free education, protecting the NHS, fighting climate change and anti-racism campaigns.
I believe that I represent the generation of young people whose belief in the Labour Party has been renewed. I believe that I represent those who felt like they could not be part of Young Labour because of its exclusivity. I believe that it is time for Young Labour to extend its appeal, strengthen its relationship and cater for every member.
I’m standing for Ordinary Rep because:
• I want Young Labour to be a democratic, transparent and accountable organisation.
• I want Young Labour to bridge the gap that exists between the party and social movements.
• I want every young member in the Labour Party feel welcome regardless of their gender, race, age, sexual orientation, disability, religion, or class.