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The way forward for Young Labour Print E-mail
Monday, 05 March 2012

by Dominic Curran

On the weekend of 24/5 February, Labour Students held its National Conference in Manchester. At this conference really important motions were discussed in terms of reforming the organisationís internal workings. Aberystwyth University Labour Club had sent in a motion to introduce one-member-one-vote in elections to national committee. The motion passed but with amendments from national committee to investigate the financial viability of such a plan. Although many members may well be disappointed by this result considering the amount of great campaigning that went into it, it is a clear sign of democratic progress in Labour Students.

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Organising for Change - building on the left victory in Young Labour Print E-mail
Monday, 08 June 2009

by Cat Smith
The dust has settled after a decisive result at Labour Youth Day in April. After years of campaigning for democracy in Young Labour we saw our first elections to the Young Labour National Committee, with the left making unprecedented gains.
The biggest victory of the day was the election of Sam Tarry as Young Labour Chair. Sam grasped the imagination and awoke the enthusiasm of a young left which organised effectively behind his campaign.

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Young Labour Conference 2009 - Elections Print E-mail
Friday, 17 April 2009

Sam Tarry for Young Labour Chair

Cat Smith & Tulip Siddiq as Equalities Officers for Young Labour

There are several opportunities to score victories on the left at this Saturdayís Labour Youth Day in Gillingham. For many years the Labour Partyís young members have been denied the basic democratic principle of being able to elect their representatives, with favoured careerists instead being anointed by higher authorities. This year, however, is the first for a long time in which elections will be held, and it has been refreshing to see a vibrant young left get their act together and campaign for change. This Saturday comes on the back of left wins in many of the regional positions today; in London (Tom Copley), the South East (Tom Miller), North West (Kate Fry) and Yorkshire and the Humber (Joe Riches).

Sam Tarryís candidature for Chair has seized the imagination of scores of young Party members. His sound leftwing principles, experience fighting the BNP in East London and involvement with a number of Labour-supporting organisations have helped him pull together a grassroots movement within Young Labour, which is determined to open up the organisation to ordinary young people and provide them with the tools to set up and run campaigns on issues close to their hearts such as the Living Wage, student debt and the climate crisis. Other leftwing candidates in the election are Cat Smith, standing for Womenís Officer, and Tulip Siddiq, standing for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Officer.

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