The NEC Youth Rep is elected at Youth Conference by delegates representing the three different sections of the youth movement: Young Labour delegates, Labour Students delegates and Affiliated Trade Union & Socialist Society delegates.
Labour gave me the power to change my life. I want that for every young member.
Coming from a working class family in Liverpool I was always made to feel as if someone like me shouldn't be involved in politics. Excluded from school at 13, I scraped through education with few aspirations and fewer opportunities. Aged 15 I joined Labour and never looked back.
Since joining I've put on a play that raised thousands for mental health charities, created a hardship fund for Merseyside Young Labour, set up countless Young Labour groups and campaigned unseating Tory Esther McVey.
I want all young members to have these opportunities, not just those lucky enough to live near an active group!
I’m a young trade unionist, and as someone who has to work to get by I know the importance of unions in our movement. I will put young trade unionists at the heart of our party.
It’s often too hard for people to get involved, too factional to stick around and too expensive to take part. That must change. We must practice what we preach as a socialist party and make Young Labour accessible for all including women, BAME, LGBT and disabled members.
We need a democratic Young Labour with one member one vote for all elections, not just for members who can afford the conference.
As NPF Rep for the North West, I know how important debate within Young Labour is. Young members must be the heart of the policy process in the Labour Party.
That’s my promise to you. I'll be your voice on Labour’s NEC.
We’re strongest when we’re outward looking, supportive and working together. That is what Young Labour is all about and that is the Young Labour I will fight to create.
I’m standing for a fresh start for Young Labour. Millions of young people in this country are facing zero hours contracts, poverty wages and extortionate rents. I want to deliver strong policies to solve these problems and help Labour deliver them in 2020.
As a socialist and a trade unionist, I want Young Labour to be more open, democratic and responsive to the needs of young members. I believe that to win in 2020, we must offer a credible alternative to austerity that inspires young people to join Labour and campaign for our candidates.
I currently serve on the National Policy Forum, and I have been LGBT Officer and Disabilities Officer for my Labour Club, and an active member of the Labour Young Trade Union Network – campaigning for Labour candidates in the General Election from Glasgow to Brighton.
Last summer, I served as Jeremy Corbyn’s Youth Policy Adviser, personally writing the Youth Manifesto for his leadership campaign.
As disabled students’ representative on the NUS National Executive, I’ve learnt how young people can run winning campaigns. I’ve worked with trade unions on joint projects, and I will bring my campaigning experience into Young Labour.
If elected, I pledge to:
• Support policies that Young Labour members vote for at conferences, and help develop a democratically-decided Young Labour manifesto for 2020, giving us an alternative to austerity.
• Lobby the Party for the funds to run joint campaigns between Young Labour and our affiliated trade union youth sections, to get more young people involved in trade unions and in Labour.
• Campaign for a fully autonomous and democratic youth section — with funding for our equalities groups — to transform Young Labour into an effective campaigning force for 2020.
If you have any questions, please email me on firstname.lastname@example.org.