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National Labour Students Committee

Candidate Statements

National Labour Students Committee Candidate Statements

Below you will find the statments submitted by members who wish to stand for the National Labour Student Committee. For clarity, being listed below is NOT a requirement of being nominated and verified student members are free to nominated anyone who meets the eligiblity criteria.


National Chair of Labour Students

Statements of members who wish to stand for the National Chair of Labour Students. There is one position in this section to be elected by all verified student members of the Party.

 

Fraser Amos

Membership Number

L1230900

Candidate Statement

I’m standing to be Chair of Labour Students to build a liberated, campaigning, and socialist student wing.
A year ago I was elected as your Student Rep on Young Labour’s national committee to create a new democratic student wing. We delivered that promise – giving every member a vote in these elections, running organising schools across the country, supporting UCU and student rent strikes.
My experience of education hasn’t been easy – a system that puts metrics above mental health, money above learning and profit above livelihoods, has pushed us to breaking point. But history shows that when the labour and student movements stand together we can change everything.
Together let’s build a Labour Students that fights for free, decolonised and democratised education; stands with our marginalised comrades and takes on Tory divide and rule with socialist answers – from a £15 minimum wage to a Green New Deal.
Where the old Labour Students built careers, we’ll build solidarity – supporting Labour Clubs at colleges and universities with the skills and resources to win power on our campuses, workplaces, and communities.
I’m proud to be standing with the support of Momentum and trade unionists to fight for a socialist future.

 


William Stenhouse Bettles

Membership Number

L1762388

Candidate Statement

I am a 22 year old from Buckingham working in the retail industry. I have struggled throughout life giving me a grit and determination to fight for what is right. I have a strong sense of justice and am infuriated by injustice. I seek to bring these characteristics as your voice as the National Chair of Labour Students. I am a Christian and a member of the *Christians on the Left* socialist society. I believe Jesus Christ gave us the model for a fair, free and compassionate society. I am your choice if you want a candidate who is inspired by Christian Socialist and Social Democrat values.

 


Anas Dayeh

L1765827

Candidate Statement

As a care leaver, having done my A-Levels while living on my own and on Universal Credit, I know the terrible impact a decade of Tory rule has had.
Now, at University, with no savings or family support to rely on, I know how important it is that we build a strong Labour Students that champions our needs.
I campaigned in the last general election because I know that students like us across the country need Labour in power to change lives. Now, I want to fight hard again for Labour to win!
As your next Chair of Labour Students, I will:
– Build a unifying, inclusive and hard-working LS that ensures that no one feels excluded.
– Reconnect the Labour Party with NUS to help transform our education system with Labour values, and make student housing better and more affordable.
– Help you to build, grow and energise your Labour Club.
– Support the current leadership and campaign to create strong student-focused policies for Labour.
– Work hard to include Further Education students.
– Connect Clubs locally and regionally to build a campaign force for our Party.
– Work closely with our liberation officers to build an inclusive organisation.

 


Zakir Hussain Fayazi

Membership Number

L1716528

Candidate Statement

Being a member of the party since 2017, it will be an honour to put my further efforts to help the party reaching their goal through this position.

Best regards,
Zak

 


Ben McGowan

Membership Number

L1765541

Candidate Statement

I was three years old when Labour last won a general election, and millions of students like myself can’t remember what a Labour government looks like. We owe it to them to prove that Labour is a party they can rely on.

Having helped organised and lead the most successful student rent strike in a generation, winning back over £140 million for ordinary students, I know the power we have within our student movement. The new Labour Students structure is an opportunity for us to be at the forefront of that student movement, to stand by students who are suffering at the hands of a devastating Tory government.

I promise to fight for liberation issues in our party and beyond, better student housing and free education whilst also ensuring Labour Students is an exciting and inviting space for all of us.

By holding social events and campaign days across the country we can give the heart and warmth that our party’s student structure so desperately deserves.
Then when an election eventually comes we can be at the forefront of taking down this dangerous Tory government and winning a better future for all of us.

 


National Secretary of Labour Students

Statements of members who wish to stand for the National Secretary of Labour Students. There is one position in this section to be elected by all verified student members of the Party.

 

Meg Day

Membership Number

L1940107

Candidate Statement

I’m running for Secretary of Labour Students to build a liberated, campaigning and socialist student wing.
The student wing of our Party has the potential to be a force for transformative politics. A free, decolonised and democratised education is possible if we fight for it.
Young Labour and the student movement have a proud history of standing on the right side of history, and we must continue that legacy – standing in solidarity with Palestine and our transgender comrades. An education system predicated on the oppression of some cannot liberate anyone.
Starting my degree in the midst of the pandemic, I have seen first-hand how marketised education puts profit above student wellbeing. From 2020-2021, I was an organiser with the University of London intercollegiate rent strike, helping organise a rent strike at my university. These struggles have taught me the power of collective action and the increasingly radical outlook of students.
I’m standing for a Labour Students that harnesses this energy and embraces all students who believe a better world is possible to fight for a free, decolonised, democratised education.
I’m proud to be standing with the support of Momentum and trade unionists to fight for a socialist future.

 


Zakir Hussain Fayazi

Membership Number

L1716528

Candidate Statement

As member young member of the party since 2017, I will be proud to put my efforts to connect the party to the communities across UK and will be honoured to represent the party and especially the students.

Best regards,
Zak

 


Okyere Jerry Konadu

Membership Number

L1951386

Candidate Statement

Politically minded Jerry interested in giving his all for a strong Labour and significant in the lives of the youth of UK.
Very strong and intelligent, passionate and focused.
Studying Politics and Sociology A levels at Bracknell and Wokingham College.

 


National Vice-chair of Labour Students

Statements of members who wish to stand for the National Vice-chair of Labour Students. There is one position in this section to be elected by all verified student members of the Party.

 

Fabiha Askari

Membership Number

L1796067

Candidate Statement

Hello, I’m Fabiha (she/her). I’m standing to be the Vice Chair of National Labour Students to build a student wing that fights for a free, decolonised and accessible education.
As a founding member of the Lancaster Black History group, I have dedicated myself to recovering education from the distortion and violence of colonialism and racism. I spearheaded the campaign on decolonisation at my University and continue to hold the University and the SU to account. As Labour Students Vice Chair I’ll help develop the resources Clubs need to become spaces of transformative political education and fight against marketisation for a free, democratic education system.
My time as Co-Chair of Lancaster Labour Club and a Councillor has taught me the power of collective organising across the labour and student movements. We supported student rent strikes, joined the UCU picket lines, organised teach-outs, and built solidarity on and off campus.
I will fight to ensure all Labour clubs are provided with the necessary organising skills and resources to win power on their campuses, in their communities and at the ballot box.
I am proud to be standing with the support of Momentum and trade unionists to fight for a socialist future.

 


Zakir Hussain Fayazi

Membership Number

L1716528

Candidate Statement

Being a member of the party since 2017, it will be an honour to put my further efforts to help the party reaching their goal through this position.

Best regards,
Zak

 

 


Okyere Jerry Konadu

Membership Number

L1951386

Candidate Statement

Very passionate and focused Jerry, determined to make great impact in the Labour Party as well as that of the youth.

 


Viljo Wilding (they/them)

Membership Number

L1669594

Candidate Statement

I’m part of a generation which grew up on the achievements of the last Labour government – the National Minimum Wage, the Equality Act, Holocaust Remembrance Day. Their achievements gave me and thousands of kids like me a chance that we’d never had before, a beacon of hope before a decade of Tory austerity. We know the good that Labour does in government, and I’m here to fight for our siblings and cousins to see that good too.
As the former FE Rep and a college club co-chair, I’ve seen first-hand the importance of the national Labour Students being an inclusive broad-church. We must stand shoulder to shoulder and advocate for students across the UK – the reintroduction of maintenance grants, rent caps and better quality accommodation, and strengthening the student union movement.
Having faced disability discrimination in education more times than I can count, I long for a world where students are free to learn and enjoy university without fear of abuse, lack of representation, or barriers to access. As your Vice-Chair, I’ll stand up for liberation groups in Labour Students and in our campaigning across the whole of the UK. Together, we can win a better Britain for us all.

 


Ben Williams

Membership Number

L1940765

Candidate Statement

We need change.

A decade of Tory rule leaves us in a position where jobs, housing and opportunities are all scarcities. A global pandemic has affected young people disproportionately, causing many to pay rent for student accommodation, even when we couldn’t live there. We need change, in these areas and a variety of others.

One particular area where change is needed is safety. I have campaigned against sexual assault for years, but it was only in November, when I saw the fear that many experience in nightclubs, that I understood how dangerous the situation is. As Vice-Chair I would partner Labour Students with groups devoted to the prevention of sexual assault, so that together we can spread awareness and create change.

I am a nationally recognised debater and public speaker, a trade unionist, and a believer in sensible yet radical policies that benefit us all. As Vice-Chair, I will facilitate debate between our members, so we can spread new ideas, and I will work closely alongside Young Labour to make sure that our interests are always known to the Labour Party.

To make these changes, we need a strong voice, not an echo.

I believe I can be that voice.

 


National Labour Student Committee – Women’s Officer

Statements of members who wish to stand for the Student Women’s Officer. There is one position in this section to be elected by all verified student members of the Party.

 

Lola Fayokun

Membership Number

L1432093

Candidate Statement

I joined my local Young Labour group at 14 and for the last few years, I’ve been campaigning in the student climate movement. On-campus, I co-chair LSESU Labour Society and organise with LSE Justice for Cleaners, where cleaners and students fight university management mistreatment together.
In all of these spaces, my work has been focused on promoting a vision of the world with socialist principles of care, democracy and justice at its heart. I am standing to be Women’s Officer because I believe that the re-founding of Labour Students is a perfect opportunity for it to be rebuilt as a democratic organisation that fights for the interests of students and champions these values.
I will help to build a Labour Students which supports Labour Clubs with political education; developing confident and empowered organisers across the country and building a socialist feminist political alternative. I’ll use my organising experience to help create a Labour Students that works across the wider student movement – from workplace organising to the climate movement – to make that alternative a reality.
I’m proud to be standing with the support of Momentum and trade unionists to fight for a socialist future.

 


National Labour Student Committee – BAME Officer

Statements of members who wish to stand for the Student BAME Officer. There is one position in this section to be elected by all verified student members of the Party.

 

Elilee Arulmolee Arulkumar

Membership Number

L1858154

Candidate Statement

I’m standing for BAME Rep to help build a liberated, campaigning and socialist Labour Students.
The pandemic has shown that working-class students, students of colour and marginalised students are hit hardest by an education system that treats us as consumers, not learners. I’m standing for a Labour Students that leads the fightback to win a decolonised, democratised, accessible education. Labour Students must be a campaigning student wing inside and outside the Party, holding it to the promise of free education.
I will use my experience as a CLP branch organiser and Women’s Officer to build relationships with anti-racist and anti-imperialist groups across the labour and student movement. I will set up networks of BAME students; facilitating anti-imperialist political education, activist development and anti-racist community building. Labour Students must provide a space where students of colour can come together to build the skills and resources we need to win on our campuses, in our workplaces and our communities.
Together we can organise against securitisation, Prevent, and unethical investments – lobbying our universities and colleges to divest from fossil fuels, war and apartheid.
I’m proud to be standing with the support of Momentum and trade unionists to fight for a socialist future.

 


Zakir Hussain Fayazi

Membership Number

L1716528

Candidate Statement

Being a member of the party since 2017, it will be an honour to put my further efforts to help the party reaching their goal through this position.

Best regards,
Zak

 


Mohammad Khairuzzaman

Membership Number

L1626503

Candidate Statement

Statement

I am an active Labour and trade union member.

Currently I am campaign officer for Longsight branch and BAME officer for Gorton CLP.

I successfully organised CLP BAME meeting with Dawn Butler MP, Tulip siddique MP and Afzal Khan MP. Organised campaigning in my ward and campaigned in target seats in North West including the two by-elections.

I am actively engaged with strengthening community relations. Since pendamic i have also started foodbank and litter picking projects.

I am also involved with GMBA, Chittagong association, Smile Aid, and with my local mosque.

I am a team player and am keen to use my contacts and skills to help Manchester Gorton Labour.

 


Abdurrahmaan Khan

Membership Number

L1943328

Candidate Statement

 


National Labour Student Committee – LGBT+ Officer

Statements of members who wish to stand for the LGBT+ Officer. There is one position in this section to be elected by all verified student members of the Party.

 


Zakir Hussain Fayazi

Membership Number

L1716528

Candidate Statement

Being a member of the party since 2017, it will be an honour to represent the students and put my efforts to help the students and the party.

Best regards,

 


Oban Mackie

Membership Number

L1766136

Candidate Statement

When Labour wins, LGBTQ+ people win. Therefore, our new National Labour Students organisation needs to be equipped to help fight for a Labour government in order to make the advances of our rights that still need to be made. We also must ensure that all LGBTQ+ students are heard and feel safe & welcome while participating. Hence, we need an LGBT+ officer who will work to make sure everyone in our community can engage as much as possible. I would work for all of our events to be as accessible and open as possible, fighting for an environment that has zero tolerance of homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, and all anti-LGBTQ+ discrimination.

I would work with LGBT+ officers in every Labour Club, ensuring that everyone in our community is heard at every level of Labour Students. In collaboration, I would work to create LGBTQ+ inclusive training and resources for Labour Clubs that could be applied to all of our HE and FE institutions. I would also make sure that we pursue a student-led campaign for GRA reform and self-ID, ensuring that the next Labour government has this at the forefront of its equalities agenda.

 


Kieron Warren

Membership Number

L1638510

Candidate Statement

Hi, I’m Kieron (he/him). One of the first university events I attended was my Labour Club’s LGBTQ+ caucus. Still out of my comfort zone at university, this safe space helped develop my socialist politics. It gave me the confidence to get elected to Warwick Labour society’s committee, where I helped deliver socialist political education, build student-staff solidarity, and elect socialists in our Students’ Union and to Parliament.

I’m standing for Labour Students LGBT+ Officer to continue that fight for solidarity. Labour should be a safe space for queer political education, a welcoming home for LGBT+ students and a campaigning force for our liberation.

I will work to create a queer and trans-inclusive Labour Students which stands with trans members let down by our Party. I’ll support Labour Clubs campaigning against transphobia, build networks of LGBT+ students, and run political education workshops – helping Labour Clubs develop skills and resources.

From inadequate access to healthcare, homelessness, exclusion and poverty – too many LGBT+ students are at the hard end of the cost of living crisis. The solution must be a socialist one.

I’m proud to be standing with the support of Momentum and trade unionists to fight for a socialist future.

 


National Labour Student Committee – Disabled Students Officer

Statements of members who wish to stand for the Disabled Students Officer. There is one position in this section to be elected by all verified student members of the Party.

 

Theo Biddle

Membership Number

L1757006

Candidate Statement

I’m standing to be your Disabled Representative on the Labour Students Executive Committee.
I am both neurodivergent (autistic) and struggle with my mobility so I understand through first-hand knowledge of the struggles disabled students can have – both in struggling through knowing how to interact with voters and sometimes just trying to keep up with the board-runner!
Disabled people can often be left out and excluded from events that may be a struggle for them. I want to make sure we make adaptations and provisions for all Labour Student clubs and Labour Student events.
My mantra: There is a place and role for everyone.
I’ve been the Disabilities Officer for Hull University Labour Club since I started university and I’ve helped encourage disabled members to participate more in local campaigning and social events.
Coming from Yorkshire, I also know how more rural and low membership areas can often have accessibility put to the side which is something I would tackle as your representative.
I want to be a practical and approachable representative for you. I want all of our students to feel able to approach me to help.
Let’s make Labour Students inclusive and accessible from the start.

 


Moya O’Rourke

Membership Number

L1200204

Candidate Statement

After years of struggle we can finally re-found Labour Students as a democratic, socialist student wing. I’m standing for Labour Students Disabled Rep to take this opportunity to build a Labour Students that stands up for young, trans, Muslim and disabled members.
From women’s rep at my home ‘red wall’ branch; to growing Sheffield Labour Students into the largest national student club as co-chair; to being elected the youngest ever Sheffield City Councillor. I’m proud of my 10 years of experience in our movement standing on picket lines and taking direct action.
As Disabled Rep, I’ll create a national caucus for our disabled members; to platform, coordinate and demonstrate accessible activism. Through our caucus I’ll embed event accessibility policy into the new committee, and create baseline requirements and guidance for university clubs to facilitate disabled members’ access.
This is an opportunity to give clubs institutional memory, support and resources. By identifying barriers for disabled members, we can remove them and create independence, choice and control for them – applying the social model of disability within our re-founded campaigning student wing.
I’m proud to be standing with the support of Momentum and trade unionists to fight for a socialist future.

 


Nesar Rafiq

Membership Number

L0087975

Candidate Statement

I suffer from a number of long term disabilities which have given me a understanding of the issues faced by disabled people in terms of economic activity ,benefit and disability related poverty .also how many disabled people are cut of from society .I have been a member of the Labour Party and trade unions for many years .I want to see more done for disabled people hence why I’m standing for this position .I have been called to the UK Bar .I both work and also study .Very active in my local Labour Party ward ,CLP,branch ,GMB union and trades Council.I promise to speak up for disabled people and ensure things change for the better .

 


National Labour Student Committee – Trans Officer

Statements of members who wish to stand for the Trans Officer. There is one position in this section to be elected by all verified student members of the Party.

 

Alex Charilaou

Membership Number

L1765479

Candidate Statement

Hi, I’m Alex (they/him). As a non-binary student member living and studying in Canterbury, I know how painful it continues to be for trans and non-binary members in the Labour Party. Our strength and determination has been remarkable, and we deserve a fighting Labour Students that represents us.

I’m standing for Trans Officer to make sure our work on Labour Students combats transphobia and prejudice across the labour movement. I will work steadfastly on political education materials and run workshops on trans issues to make Labour Students as welcoming as possible for LGBTQ+ communities.

I’m also standing to ensure Labour Students champions socialist solutions to the problems students are facing. To give students power, we need to demarketise and democratise universities – I’ve led on this work at my university, and if elected I would help similar student-led movements across the UK. I will also seek to build relationships with trade unions like UCU based on solidarity and respect.
Together, we will refound Labour students as a trans-inclusive, socialist organisation that fights for the solutions students desperately need.
I am proud to be standing with the support of Momentum and trade unionists to fight for a socialist future.

 


National Labour Student Committee – East Midlands Representative

Statements of members who wish to stand for the Regional Student Representatives. There is one position in this section to be elected by all verified student members of the Party.

 

Sarah Shepherd

Membership Number

L1726424

Candidate Statement

Hello! I am a second year History student studying at the University of Nottingham. I joined the Labour Party in 2017 while living in a Conservative constituency in the South West; I could not remember or appreciate the impact a Labour government could have at a national or local level. However, my time in the East Midlands has politically energised me. For the first time in my life, I am living in a constituency with a Labour MP; I am able to see first hand the changes that the Labour Party can make.

Since moving to Nottingham in 2020, I have been heavily involved in Nottingham Labour Students, serving on the committee as both Freshers Representative and, currently, General Secretary. These positions have allowed me to develop links with MPs, councillors and students across Nottingham.

I believe that grassroot activity is paramount to the Labour movement, therefore, if elected I will develop further the links between local Labour groups and students across the East Midlands. Encouraging student groups to become more immersed in the community in which they live is also extremely important to me, fostering links with local CLPs. Creating this community of advice and support will enable student groups to more effectively communicate the message and present necessity for the Labour Party.

I am proud to be standing with the support of Momentum to fight for a Socialist Future.

 


National Labour Student Committee – Eastern Representative

Statements of members who wish to stand for the Regional Student Representatives. There is one position in this section to be elected by all verified student members of the Party.

 

Molly Olivia Osborn Bloomfield

Membership Number

L1908423

Candidate Statement

I’m Molly, and I’m standing to be your Eastern Rep on Labour Students national committee to build an empowered, campaigning and socialist student wing.

As a student at Essex, I’ve supported striking UCU staff on the picket line, helped organise my Labour society, and supported young members get involved in community organising. Now I’m running for Councillor in Greenstead ward on a campaign to support renters’ rights, keep streetlights on past 1am and deliver socialist policies for residents.

As Eastern Rep on Labour Students National Committee, I will build up Labour clubs across the East, bringing them together to organise joint political education events, campaign days and socials.

I’ll use my experience to help give Clubs in the region the skills and resources to organise their members to win power in their workplaces and communities. I’ll work with trade unions to help organise students in their workplaces and provide political education about trade unionism.

I am proud to be standing with the support of Momentum and trade unionists to fight for a socialist future.

 


National Labour Student Committee – London Representative

Statements of members who wish to stand for the Regional Student Representatives. There is one position in this section to be elected by all verified student members of the Party.

 

Nimah Ogas-Hersi

Membership Number

L1919943

Candidate Statement

Hi, I’m Nimah. I’m standing to be your London Rep for Labour Students committee to build a student wing that defends our marginalised members and provides the resources we need to advocate for a socialist alternative.
The need for a free, decolonised education system has never been more vital. Starting university just before the pandemic taught me the power of students when we organise. From supporting UCU strikes, facilitating political education, to organising rent strikes we need to resist this failed system of neoliberal profiteering.
As chair of Queen Mary Labour club I know how important inclusive spaces are for students to connect, organise and resist. As your London Rep, I will bring Labour clubs from across the city together to build communities based on solidarity and socialist solutions.
The consequences of over a decade of Tory austerity, rising barriers to entering higher education, and the mental health crisis – all exacerbated by the pandemic – has left many students alienated and disillusioned. Universities and politicians have failed us. It’s our job as Labour students to fight back.
I’m proud to be standing with the support of Momentum and trade unionists to fight for a socialist future.

 


National Labour Student Committee – North West Representative

Statements of members who wish to stand for the Regional Student Representatives. There is one position in this section to be elected by all verified student members of the Party.

 

Chloe Brooks

Membership Number

L1264801

Candidate Statement

I’m standing to be Labour Students North West rep to build an active student wing that works alongside students’ unions, trade unions, Young Labour and the wider Party to fight for a free, decolonised and accessible education.
The marketisation of education treats students as consumers, turned into revenue streams and left with little support. The pandemic exacerbated this, with students from marginalised and working-class communities bearing the brunt. Our Party must remain committed to building a democratic, free, and accessible education system.
As the co-chair of Manchester Labour Students and North West Young Labour’s LGBT+ officer, I understand the importance of connecting students with the wider labour movement.
I have stood on picket lines with striking staff, organised teach-outs and political education events, and coordinated student solidarity networks across the region with North West Students Support the Strikes.
Socialist policies aren’t won alone. As North West rep, I will use my experience in building links with campus-wide groups such as the rent strike network and BDS UoM to build links across our region so we can effectively organise together.
I’m proud to be standing with the support of Momentum and trade unionists to fight for a socialist future.

 


Zakir Hussain Fayazi

Membership Number

L1716528

Candidate Statement

Being a member of the party since 2017, it will be an honour to represent the students of the northwest region and put my efforts to help the students and the party.

Best regards,

 


Sharne Wood

L1928374

Candidate Statement

I’m standing for Labour Students National Committees North West Representative because I believe my dedication to our Party is a true representation of what political activism in young people and education is all about – passionate voices speaking out and raising awareness.

As a politics student at MMU, I’ve been able to hear the concerns of our student population and want to be able to make a difference to the lives of my peers striving for a better educational environment.

I’m Chair of the Youth Forum on Mental Health in North Staffordshire, I fight for the rights of our young people to quality learning conditions – and ones suitable to their individual needs – as often as possible.

I’ve been Student Officer on the Potteries Young Labour committee for the past year, where I was able to represent the student body of our city and highlight Labours support for issues affecting young people.

I spent my second year at sixth form college as Student Governor, where I represented the student voice to our local governing body.

If elected, my key focus will be supporting disabled students, support for students from low-income backgrounds and help and advice for women and girls in higher education.

 


National Labour Student Committee – Northern Representative

Statements of members who wish to stand for the Regional Student Representatives. There is one position in this section to be elected by all verified student members of the Party.

Joshua Freestone

Membership Number

L1783553

Candidate Statement

I’m Joshua and I’m standing for Labour Students North Rep. I’m proud to call myself a socialist, and a trade unionist. Tony Benn once spoke of two flames alight in the human heart, the flame of anger against an unjust world, and the flame of hope for a better one. Our duty is to fan both flames.
As a CLP Youth Officer, Cheshire Rep for Northwest Young Labour, Secretary of Durham University Labour Club and organiser with North East Student Solidarity that’s what I’ve worked to do.
Students have experienced the brunt of the pandemic, left behind by Universities and Government – exploited for fees and rent. But together we have the power to transform our education system. The energy we’ve seen on picket lines and in rent strikes can be the beginning of a movement for a free democratised education system.
I’m standing to bring together Labour Clubs and student groups across our region to create spaces of socialist political education. Together we’ll build a democratic Labour Students that provides resources and organisation to empower students struggling for socialism.
I’m proud to be standing with the support of Momentum and trade unionists to fight for a socialist future.

 


National Labour Student Committee – South East Representatives

Statements of members who wish to stand for the Regional Student Representatives. There is one position in this section to be elected by all verified student members of the Party.

 

 

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National Labour Student Committee – South West Representatives

Statements of members who wish to stand for the Regional Student Representatives. There is one position in this section to be elected by all verified student members of the Party.

 

Daniel Chappel

L1800985

Candidate Statement

My name is Daniel Chappel, and I am standing to become the South West Representative on the National Labour Students Committee because I want to make sure that Labour Clubs are impressive instruments of organisation that help ensure the election of Labour Councillors, Labour Mayors and most importantly a Labour Government. Students have never been more frightened and uncertain about their futures. An unpredictable pandemic, a soaring cost of living and an environmental crisis spiralling out of control; students are in desperate need of a government that understands their concerns and is willing to address them seriously. That is why I began campaigning for the Labour Party three years ago and am now deeply involved with my local CLP and Labour Club in Exeter. If I am elected, I will ensure that Labour Students: 1. Campaigns on the real issues affecting young people 2. Supports Labour Clubs with their needs 3. Helps elect Labour candidates It is of vital importance that we rebuild the Party’s presence on university campuses as it is only with a well-organised student movement that Labour can win the seats it needs to govern again.


Ruth Day

Membership Number

L1512216

Candidate Statement

I’m standing as Labour Students South West Rep to build a liberated, campaigning and socialist student wing.
As an SU officer, I’ve supported students facing the brunt of our broken education system. We need a student wing which fights for democratised, demarketised and decolonised education, and empowers Labour Clubs to be at the forefront of radical campaigns.
As Co-Chair of Bristol Labour Students, I saw the role Labour Clubs can play in supporting radical student action, organising rent strikes which won over £250,000 for students. Labour Students can build the movement to take power back from those who exploit us and engage students in direct action.
We will uphold our roots in the trade union movement and bring student and workers’ struggles together – standing on UCU pickets, and organising student workers to build union membership.
We will empower members to run campaigns, start movements, and build power in our communities. As your representative, I will bring together the radical energy of members across the South West and build a Labour Students which fights for socialism and student power.
I am proud to be standing with the support of Momentum and trade unionists to fight for a socialist future.

 


National Labour Student Committee – West Midlands Representative

Statements of members who wish to stand for the Regional Student Representatives. There is one position in this section to be elected by all verified student members of the Party.

 

Sophie Clark

Membership Number

L1792466

Candidate Statement

Hi I’m Sophie, I’m a student organiser at Warwick and I’m running to be your West Midlands representative on Labour Students national committee.
As a college student, I campaigned with the national and local Youth Strike for Climate working alongside campaign groups to pull off the largest climate day of action in UK history, mobilising hundreds of thousands of people.
At University, I helped to organise the Warwick Rent Strike, winning back £5 million in rent rebates for students, as campaigns Officer for Warwick Action for Palestine, helped mobilised hundreds of students last year in solidarity with Sheikh Jarrah. As part of Red Square Movement have helped organise action in solidarity with the UCU strikes.
I’ll bring this experience to Labour Students; building a liberated, campaigning and socialist student wing that organises students to win campaigns for a free, decolonised and democratised education. I’ll bring Clubs from across our region together to campaign, run political education events and develop activist organising skills.
I’ll help build a Labour Students which stands up for trans, muslim and marginalised comrades, and socialist politics. I am proud to be standing with the support of Momentum and trade unionists to fight for a socialist future.

 


Lily Soaper

L1783242

Candidate Statement

Hi there! My name is Lily Soaper, I’m from Stoke-on-Trent and currently a student at the University of Birmingham. I’m standing to become the West Midlands Representative on the National Labour Students Committee because I want to help make sure that Labour Clubs are at the forefront of fighting for a fairer university experience for staff and students. I want to make sure that Labour Clubs and Societies in the region are equipped to help fight for our next Labour Government. The pandemic has made student life more challenging, from uncertainty around exams, the cost-of-living crisis, to a mental health crisis and inaccessible learning. We need structural change to improve the lives of students. Only a Labour Government can achieve this. The West Midlands has much to offer to students. A campaigning student wing can make this possible. Being the Campaign Coordinator for Potteries Young Labour I know how effective strong bodies of young campaigners can be. If elected as your representative, I will ensure that together we are: 1. Campaigning for the real issues affecting students in the region 2. Offering the support Labour Clubs and Societies across the region 3. Helping get Labour candidates elected across the region

 


National Labour Student Committee – Yorkshire & Humber Representative

Statements of members who wish to stand for the Regional Student Representatives. There is one position in this section to be elected by all verified student members of the Party.

Eleanor Falshaw

Membership Number

L1803255

Candidate Statement

Over the past decade we have seen the damage that successive Tory governments have done to education. University students face a system that puts profit above people, and GCSE and A-Level students have suffered two years of U-turns and exam uncertainty.
If elected I will support Labour clubs fighting for higher quality education and for improvements including greater mental health support and democratised university structures. I will also work with equalities groups to ensure Labour Students is welcoming and inclusive for everyone, alongside being democratic, accountable and member-led. I will ensure Yorkshire and Humber Labour Students works closely with Labour MPs, councillors and mayors to increase the power of students to enact change and influence Labour policy.
In my role as CLP Youth Officer I’ve seen the campaigning power young people can provide. I am keen for Yorkshire and Humber Labour Students to be a powerful campaigning force, with Labour clubs receiving the support and training they need to campaign for Labour candidates across the region.
Labour is the only party willing to stand up for students, and I want Labour Students to be at the forefront of that, fighting for a Labour government and against the marketisation of education.

 


Raya Vun Yi Tan Ward

Membership Number

L1815539

Candidate Statement

Hi, I’m Raya. I’m standing as Yorkshire and Humber Rep to help build an active, campaigning and socialist Labour Students.
Like many students, university sparked my involvement in organising. This has given me an invaluable socialist political education and allowed me to build links with student organisers across our region. I’ve spent two years chairing Leeds Labour Society and helped found Leeds’ Student-Staff Solidarity campaign to stand with striking staff and oppose the increasing marketisation of our education.
I know how hard it can be to organise students without the support of a national body or sympathetic Students’ Union. I will work to bring together Labour Clubs across our region to build a socialist Labour Students that can unite students across the country. We need to stand up for students on their campuses, as renters, and as workers. I will work with trade and renters’ unions, amplifying issues that matter most to us.
As a queer person of colour I will build a Labour Students that uplifts the voices of marginalised groups, especially those let down by Labour.
I’m proud to be standing with the support of Momentum and trade unionists to fight for a socialist future.

 


National Labour Student Committee – Scotland Representative

Statements of members who wish to stand for the Scottish Student Representative. There is one position in this section to be elected by all verified student members of the Party.

 

Solomon Cuthbertson

Membership Number

L1668981

Candidate Statement

The last two years have been exceedingly difficult for Labour Societies across the country, and we now face a major challenge in passing on the knowledge of what Labour Clubs were like before Covid. The introduction of National Labour Students is a fantastic way for us to build a strong network of Societies, supporting each other as we come out of the pandemic, and start shaping the future of our party.
As Chair of Edinburgh Labour Students, I understand the workload associated with running a Labour Society. I will have a close working relationship with the Chairs of our societies, understanding the value of regular communication and the support that is needed.
Working on the Scottish Labour Students committee I have seen the support it has given to the UCU strikes and Student Candidates across Scotland, it will be an absolute priority for me to have SLS included in the new student structure and reaffiliate with the Scottish Labour Party. Introducing a development and support network for student candidates must also be a priority, supporting students running for university and public office in Scotland.
Thank you for reading, it would be a privilege to receive your support in this election.

 


Finn Smyth

Membership Number

L1868718

Candidate Statement

The need for free, demarketised, decolonised education is imperative for our generation of students. We must advocate for democratic socialist principles in opposing our Universities as they undermine staff, fail students, hike fees and invest in climate breakdown.
Scotland has been ignored within Labour for years now, despite its history as a Party heartland. Yet, I know that Labour societies in Scotland are some of the most active in the country – as your representative for Scotland on the National Committee of Labour Students, you will have my time and commitment to ensure that the energy of activism in Scottish Labour Societies is recognised and harnessed.
As Scotland Rep I will help build networks across University societies, coordinating joint events and helping to boost student numbers in organising and campaigning. What Scottish Labour needs to win back people’s trust at elections local and national is an injection of youth-led organising.
With your support, I’ll be a relentless advocate for Scottish students, working with Unions and Labour societies to build a movement for the cause of socialism in our universities and society.
I’m proud to be standing with the support of Momentum and trade unionists to fight for a socialist future.

 


Benjamin Williams

L1940765

Candidate Statement

We need change. A decade of Tory rule leaves us in a position where jobs, housing and opportunities are all scarcities. A global pandemic has affected young people disproportionately, causing many to pay rent for student accommodation, even when we couldn’t live there. We need change, in these areas and a variety of others, and we need to make sure that Scotland’s voice is heard by the whole party. I am a nationally recognised debater and public speaker, a trade unionist, and a believer in sensible yet radical policies that benefit us all. To make these changes, we need a strong voice, not an echo. I believe I can be that voice.


National Labour Student Committee – Wales Representative

Statements of members who wish to stand for the Welsh Student Representative. There is one position in this section to be elected by all verified student members of the Party.

 

Dylan Lewis-Rowlands

Membership Number

L1751191

Candidate Statement

I am running to be your Welsh Rep on Labour Students committee to build a socialist student wing which supports Clubs across Wales with the skills and resources to organise.
It has become increasingly clear that students and staff need to take our education systems out of the hands of the market, and into democratic, collective control. To achieve this we need a strong network across our Labour Clubs in Wales – building links between the labour and student movement.
If elected, that is what I promise to build. From Aber to Cardiff, Swansea to Bangor, I want us to be an interconnected movement that makes our voices heard. This network will allow us to put pressure on both the UK and Welsh Governments, and on our Universities, to fight for the causes most dear to us.
I will ensure to be as accessible as possible to our members, and build a Labour Students which stands up for Welsh students.
I am proud to be standing with the support of Welsh Labour Grassroots, Momentum and trade unionists to fight for a socialist future.

 


Sean Reilly

Membership Number

L1895024

Candidate Statement

I’m Sean. I’m 22 and I study the Legal Practice Course. I’m born and bred in Ynys Môn and I am a fluent Welsh speaker. I am a qualified police station legal representative and future trainee solicitor.
In April 2020 I launched an information campaign within Bangor University informing students of their housing rights regarding pandemic rent and small claims court, when faced with disingenuous landlords. This is what inspired me to study law. I have provided free advice on these issues.
I have been chair of Llafur Ifanc Môn (Anglesey Young Labour) since June 2020. I helped create an instagram account for us that now has 1600+ local followers (llafurifancmon), please follow!
In today’s Tory run Uk, student loan repayment thresholds are decreasing. I will fight this.
As your Wales rep of Labour Students I will:
1. Be a strong voice for Wales on the national exec
2. Ensure all WLS clubs have active social media
3. Maintain consistent dialogue with WLS club chairs
4. Put mental health support at the top of WLS’s agenda
5. Ensure Welsh students know their legal rights
6. Be accountable by reporting on all national exec meetings to let you know what’s going on

 


National Labour Student Committee – Ordinary Representatives

Statements of members who wish to stand for the position of Ordinary Student Representative. There are six positions in this section to be elected by all verified student members of the Party.

Zac Bates Fisher

Membership Number

L1793712

Candidate Statement

It is vital that the new Labour Students is a radical and democratic force that represents students of all ages and backgrounds. I’m proud to be standing for ordinary rep as a further education student.
I want a Labour Students that supports strikes and understands that building solidarity is essential to winning demarketised and decolonised education. I’m standing for a Labour Students that works with staff and unions such as the NEU to support teachers facing pay cuts and tough working conditions.
Further education is not a level playing field – students at private schools have smaller classes and inflated exam results, and remain over-represented at top universities and throughout Britain’s political class. I’ll organise Labour students at further education institutions and campaign for a free and equal education for all students regardless of background.
Labour Students must not be afraid to stand with the Palestinian people in their fight for peace and justice. As a proud Jewish socialist, if elected I will build relationships with groups such as Na’amod and IfNotNow to fight for an end to apartheid and occupation.
I’m proud to be standing with the support of Momentum and trade unionists to fight for a socialist future.

 


Emma Bean

Membership Number

L1202115

Candidate Statement

We need our Labour Students National Committee to be open and active – for every student wherever they are in the country, whether home or international, young or mature.
And we desperately need a Labour Government. The cuts to vital public services and soaring rents are impacting students of all ages.
As a mature, remote, part time student, I know what the struggles are for juggling work commitments with studies. So many students have this path through education – and recent Tory cuts to Universal Credit have left student parents across the country penalised in childcare support simply for going back into education. This cannot be right.
Vote for me and I will ensure that our Labour Students fights for every student.

 


Zakir Hussain Fayazi

Membership Number

L1716528

Candidate Statement

As member young member of the party since 2017, I will be proud to put my efforts to connect the party to the communities across UK and will be honoured to represent the party and especially the youths.

Best regards,
Zak

 


Aleksandr George

Membership Number

L1796298

Candidate Statement

I’m Aleks, I’m a member in Walthamstow and a Master’s student at King’s College London.
I am running to be one of the Ordinary Representatives on the Labour Students National Committee because of my previous experience in the Party, and because I want to make sure Labour Students focuses on issues that are important to students and work with the committee to build an inclusive and welcoming organisation.
As an international student I know how challenging understanding the structure and jargon of the Labour Party can be, so breaking down barriers for students will be my priority.
I was previously the Co-Chair of KCL Labour, seeing the committee through the beginning of the pandemic so know how challenging it has been to energise members. I want to help you grow and build your club into an organising force, ready to campaign hard for Labour.
I am currently my CLP’s LGBT Officer and understand what an active, campaigning – and inclusive – CLP looks like. On the committee I would work closely with the Party to build a strong team of student activists across the country, giving you and your clubs the skills, resources and connections to help Labour to win.
Thank you

 


Hareem Ghani

Membership Number

L1644199

Candidate Statement

Hi! My name is Hareem Ghani (she/her), I’m a mature student at KCL and I’m running for Labour Students Ordinary Rep to build a liberated, campaigning and socialist student wing.
Over the last seven years, I have successfully campaigned on a broad range of issues on a local, national and international level. During my time at KCL, I secured free sanitary products on campus, co-founded the ‘It Stops Here’ anti-harassment campaign and provided bursaries for students attending the ‘Shut Down Yarl’s Wood’ demonstrations.
As Women’s Officer for the National Union of Students (NUS), I commissioned research into the experiences of Muslim students in further and higher education, co-organised the ‘Preventing Prevent: Students Not Suspects’ tour to challenge the draconian Prevent Duty and allocated £7,000 in bursaries for students eligible to vote in the referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendment.
Throughout my time in student organising, I have fought for a free, liberated and radical education system. If elected as your Ordinary Rep, I’ll extend this socialist vision to the new Labour Students by leading the fight against unethical investment, marketisation and surveillance.
I’m proud to be standing with the support of Momentum and trade unionists to fight for a socialist future.

 


Jonathan Heywood

Membership Number

L1639490

Candidate Statement

Hi! I’m Jonathan, and I’m running to be an Ordinary Representative on the National Labour Students Exec!

I’m a second-year History student, and I’ve been lucky enough to have spent the last year chairing my university’s Labour Club. In that role, I’ve helped build bridges between students and the CLP, helped encourage more students to run in council elections, and helped drive up student turnout in local elections – I want to bring that experience to the NLS Exec to help other Labour Clubs help Labour.

I’ve seen first-hand the difference students can make in University towns, many of which are marginals; and I know that the best way to help students thrive is to help Labour win. I don’t want NLS to be yet another wing bogged down in factionalism – rather, I want to help Labour students become an asset to the party, and contribute to a Labour government. Labour Students must provide training to Labour Club chairs, give Labour Clubs the tools to get students involved with local parties, and provide a forum for student activists to share experience. The Labour tradition I care about is winning, and I hope Labour Students will care about it too.

 


Kieran Kavanagh

Membership Number

L1852937

Candidate Statement

I am proud to be standing with the support of Momentum to fight for a Socialist Future.
From the UCU pickets, Palestine protests, the student strike, and my universities labour club I like many of you reading this have been there fighting for our collective future however I personally see fit and I know you have too. A university labour club is many peoples first introduction to labour politics, we need to make sure our labour clubs are provided with the resources and skills to be as effective as possible in their vital activity of politically educating interested students, and then politically activating when we see political struggle, locally and nationally, in fights for justice.
In my day-to-day studies I have felt the effects of the failed application of the logic of marketisation to our university education system. Therefore, I think it is mission critical for us to form a strong national organisation fighting alongside the NUS in fighting for a fully funded, democratic, lifelong, and accessible education system.

 


Lizzy Olley

Membership Number

L1791524

Candidate Statement

My name is Lizzy, and I am standing to be your Ordinary Rep on Labour Students committee. As a mature student living, working and studying in Norwich, I want to deliver for and represent students and young people so often left behind. Students and young people are facing unprecedented levels of inequality, from insecure housing, the cost of living crisis, discrimination and soaring student debts.
In my work I have supported young people through educational careers in a system that values results over our futures and our health. I’ve seen how the profound impact of the pandemic on students has been ignored.
As your representative, I will proudly campaign for a transformed decolonised education accessible to all. I will work with regional and liberation reps to deliver a national programme of political education and stand in unwavering solidarity with UCU.
We have finally won a democratic student wing. Let’s take this opportunity to build a liberated, campaigning and socialist Labour Students which organises us on our campuses, in our workplaces and our communities.
I’m proud to be standing with the support of Momentum and trade unionists to fight for a socialist future.

 


Cai Parry

Membership Number

L1770959

Candidate Statement

I’m Cai Parry, a first year student at Royal Holloway, and I’ve been a member of Labour for nearly four years. I was six when the last Labour government left office. Growing up on free school meals, I know how austerity has affected the country. It shows no sign of stopping unless we elect a Labour government, and it’s never been clearer that we need one now. I know a strong bed of student activists is crucial to getting candidates elected and someone we can trust in government, but we need to ensure that Labour student clubs and activists are supported with the skills, training and resources that’ll bring out the best in us. We need less time spent on squabbling against each-other, and more spent getting on with the job of supporting our vision on a national and local level. My pledges are to help start a working national student committee that supports the Labour clubs and societies rather than its own agenda, or one that gets bogged down relentlessly in statements on issues that are out of its purview; and I’ll do all I can to resist the toxicity and polarisation of the debate within Labour Students.

 


Alexander Robinson-Wood

Membership Number

L1950872

Candidate Statement

As a representative for Labour’s National Student Committee, I would work relentlessly to represent the voices of young students from secondary to post-16 education in the North East. I would be visible and a reliable voice that anyone can come to if they have any queries that we can help with.

 


Sarah Warsama

Membership Number

L1274208

Candidate Statement

Hi I’m Sarah I’m a student organiser at Goldsmiths and I’m running to be your Ordinary Rep on National Labour Students Committee.
At Goldsmiths we’ve seen a marketised university move to slash jobs, departments and run down education at the instruction of investment banks. An education system which puts money before learning is making real learning impossible and driving down staff and student living standards. But we have also seen the power of collective action.
Students have come together and organised teach outs, rent strikes, fee strikes, and campaigned for workers rights; from UCU solidarity to bringing security staff in house.
I’m standing for a Labour Students which works to build the labour movement across universities, standing with UCU and helping organise student workers in their workplaces.
In Goldsmiths Labour Club I have helped run political education and engage student members in the local Party and local politics. As your Ordinary Rep, I will help provide labour clubs and student groups to win campaigns for a free, demarketised, decolonised university.
I’m proud to be standing with the support of Momentum and trade unionists to fight for a socialist future.

 


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