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Young Labour National Committee

Candidate Statements

Young Labour National Committee Candidate Statements

Below you will find the statements submitted by members who wish to stand for the National Executive 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.


Chair of Young Labour

Statements of members who wish to stand for the Chair of Young Labour can be found below.

There is one position in this section to be elected by a ballot of all eligible members of the Party who are under the age of 27 before Friday 17 June 2022.

 

 

Robson Augusta

Membership Number

L1649611

Candidate Statement

We stand at a crossroads for Young Labour. We cannot continue down the path of factionalism which has led to this disunited Young Labour, that just argues among ourselves, or we can unite and fight not just the Tories but also organise within the community. By supporting me you’re supporting a campaign to fight for all of Young Labour and make it a force for good, not a factional tool that is used to attack leadership or praise foreign regimes. We can create an effective Young Labour built on the understanding we are all different, but all want a better society, built on the principles of solidarity and community. Young Labour can become a way to bring young people into the party and we can shape the next generation of activists. We can support CLPs like my own (Great Grimsby) where young people are a rare sight on campaign days and in meetings. CLPs like mine are desperate for new blood. Yet too much effort has been placed on these factional fights by Young Labour and it’s time for that to end. By supporting me you’re supporting refocusing Young Labour and making Young Labour a force for good.

 


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 Chair of Young Labour. 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.

 


Tina Bhartwas

Membership Number

L1781355

Candidate Statement

Young Labour activists are the best of our movement. We’re transforming our communities, speaking up in our town halls and fighting for change across our nations.
We deserve an energised and active youth movement where everyone feels welcome. I’m standing to be your Chair because I want to lead that change.
As a young working class, LGBT+ disabled Asian Woman I know what it’s like to not have my voice heard. I will work tirelessly for a Young Labour that is open and inclusive.
We need a youth movement that trains up young activists, fights for the issues that we care about – from housing to education and mental health – and campaigns for the Labour government that we’ve never needed more.
If elected as your Chair I will:
– Run training for young activists across our nations in campaign organising, public speaking, digital campaigning and more.
– Work to grow and support our fantastic local, regional and national YL groups.
– Improve safeguarding and work to create a more inclusive movement.
– Ensure that Young Labour is actively and visibly campaigning to get Keir Starmer into 10 Downing Street.
– Run a priority campaign chosen by you.
It would be amazing to have your support!

 


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

 


Nabeela Mowlana

Membership Number

L1769357

Candidate Statement

The impact of austerity on the estate I grew up in was severe. The pandemic and now a Tory-manufactured cost of living crisis have exacerbated this.
But from climate strikes to rent strikes to kill the bill, young people are learning to fight back through collective action.
I’m standing to be Chair of Young Labour to build an empowered, campaigning, and socialist youth wing. Young Labour can and must defend socialist policy, stand with marginalised comrades, and help organise young people in our workplaces, communities, and town halls to raise our living standards.
As a national spokesperson for ACORN and co-chair of Sheffield Young Labour, I’ve won key seats and campaigns, delivered training to young trade unionists and mobilised eviction resistance. On Young Labour’s committee I’ve run organising schools across the country, won a democratic student wing and helped pass the historic Palestine motion at conference.
As Chair, I will fight for a commitment that young members’ subs go to Young Labour to be invested in young member development, the events we are entitled to, and a young workers conference.
I’m proud to be standing with the support of Momentum and trade unionists to fight for a socialist future.

 


Young Labour National Committee – BAME Officer

Statements of members who wish to stand for the role of BAME Officer can be found below.

There is one position in this section to be elected by all eligible members under the age of 27 who have self-identified as BAME with the Party by 23.59, Friday 17 June 2022.

 

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

 


Lubaba Khalid

Membership Number

L1659235

Candidate Statement

I have long considered the Labour Party my political home. Yet, it is no secret that young people of colour have found the current political climate untenable. I’m standing to build an empowered, campaigning socialist youth wing that is unafraid to stand up for the communities we represent and unashamedly stands against Tory attempts to divide and rule our communities.
Being a disabled Black and Palestinian woman, I understand the importance of intersectional organising across our movement. Our organising must be anti-racist, anti-imperialist, and committed to global liberation. I will build on Young Labour’s important work standing in solidarity with the Palestinian people and all those oppressed by imperialism, racism and capitalism across the globe.
Having organised as BAME officer in my students’ union and in my community, I understand that collective organising is our source of strength. From climate strikers to Kill the Bill protestors, young members are leading the way.
As BAME Rep, I will harness this energy to establish a network of organisers; bringing us together to access political education, and organise across our campuses, communities and workplaces.
I’m proud to be standing with the support of Momentum and trade unionists to fight for a socialist future.

 

 


Liam J D Martin-Lane

Membership Number

L1246287

Candidate Statement

I’m Liam, my pronouns are he/him, and it’s an honour to stand for election as your next Young Labour BAME Officer.
This Conservative government has brought us injustice and division. We can list the lamentable policies. We can recite the race and hate crime statistics.
But it’s not enough to just tweet our anger. Let’s build an energised movement of young people, to get Labour back in government and truly change our society for the better.
Since joining the party aged 18, I’ve volunteered in no fewer than eight elections. I want to revive Young Labour as a formidable campaigning force, respected both inside and outside the party.
As a mixed race gay man, and child of the Windrush generation, I understand how injustice festers across communities. My ambition is to work with our trade unions and socialist societies to shape policy in crucial areas such as mental health and international development.
I’ve also met some fantastic, supportive friends during my time in the Labour party. Re-establishing an open, friendly culture in Young Labour is a key priority for me, so that as many people as possible who share our values can get involved.
Vote Liam for BAME Officer!

 


Young Labour National Committee – Women’s Officer

Statements of members who wish to stand for the role of Women’s Officer can be found below.

There is one position in this section to be elected by all women members who are under the age of 27 before 23.59, Friday 17 June 2022.

 

Grace Ashworth

Membership Number

L1418771

Candidate Statement

Hi, I’m Grace (she/her). I’m standing to be re-elected as Women’s Officer onto the Young Labour National Committee. In the short time I’ve been on committee I’ve seen what we have had to fight for and stand up to within the Party structures to ensure our Young Members get what they deserve.
If re-elected as Young Labour Women’s Officer I’ll continue to support the Young Labour regional reps in increasing involvement of women organisers as well as being open and willing to support young organisers in the Party.
I want to continue the work I am already doing to provide educational and self-organising spaces for women, as well as amplifying the views of marginalised women to ensure everybody feels welcome in Young Labour spaces. I will hold our Party to account where it fails trans, black and other marginalised women.
I want to continue to share resources and information about trade unionism and opportunities for young members encouraging them to stand as shop stewards and reps in their workplaces.
I’m proud to be standing with the support of Momentum and trade unionists to fight for a socialist future.

 


Sheri-Ann Bhim

Membership Number

L1226533

Candidate Statement

I’m Sheri, and I’m standing to be your Young Labour Women’s Officer.
My politics are deeply rooted in empowering marginalised communities to take action – whether this is through training women across the country to stand for positions of power with the Labour Women’s Network or my past work organising resources for women across the student movement. Some of my best and most empowering memories have been sat in a Women’s Caucus at a Young Labour event surrounded by women united in their anger at the latest attack on our rights. I will create this space for our sisters.
As a BAME woman, intersectionality isn’t just a buzzword, it’s how I experience the world. This is why I’d be a women’s officer for all women – whether cis women, trans women, women of colour or disabled. I will ensure that my term and my work would represent not just my own voice but those who were traditionally marginalised.

If elected as your Women’s Officer I would deliver more resources to empower you to make those changes in your local Labour groups to take the fight to the Tories.

 


Young Labour National Committee – LGBT+ Officer

Statements of members who wish to stand for the role of LGBT+ Officer can be found below.

There is one position in this section to be elected by all members who are under the age of 27 before 23.59, Friday 17 June 2022.

 

Alexis Chilvers

Membership Number

L1226663

Candidate Statement

Labour is in crisis.

Our leadership has failed us, allowing bigots to retain the whip and standing by in silence as the attacks against us grow ever more harmful. Our comrades and allies are quitting, unable in good conscience to remain in a party that has allowed itself to become a home to the blight that now damages and threatens our entire community.

The response has been nothing less than shameful, at a time when the UK is growing openly hostile to LGBTQ+ rights we need the party to take measures against those who have continued to hurt our cause and deny our existence. I’ll fight for action against bigotry within the party and as your LGBT Officer I won’t be afraid to stand up and hold our leaders to account for their failures. I’ll be a transgender representative who shouts for equality and social justice at a time we need it more than ever, no matter what.

We have all watched Labour needlessly stumble into this disaster for years but we cannot give up the struggle for a brighter future and I’ll make sure our voices are heard loud and clear. Together, we’ll bring about the change Labour needs.

 


Zak 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

 


Katherine Harlow

Membership Number

L1734292

Candidate Statement

Time and time again, LGBT+ members have been let down by the Labour Party – whether that’s by the Party ignoring demands to support policies that would be helpful to our LGBT+ members, or elected representatives making harmful and offensive comments about trans people and other members of the LGBT+ community.
Young LGBT+ members in this Party deserve a representative that will stand up for their rights, regardless of political faction, gender identity, or sexuality, and I believe that person is me. As a queer young woman, I was proud to host the only Young Labour LGBT event at Labour Conference in Brighton last year.
Both my socialist and LGBT+ politics were inspired by the leading example of Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners, who forged solidarity with striking mineworkers, making explicit the links between class struggle and queer liberation, a precedent I will ensure Young Labour emulates and builds upon.
If elected, I would push the Leadership to commit to socialist policies and rules that would advance LGBT+ rights and stand up for trans young people.
I’m proud to be standing with the support of Momentum and trade unionists to fight for a socialist future.

 


Alexander Robinson-Wood

Membership Number

L1950872

Candidate Statement

As an openly bisexual Jewish man, I have faced more than a fair share of people who disagree with how I lead my life.
My aim as the LGBT Youth Officer would be to make sure everyone, regardless of race, gender, orientation or belief feel as if they’re being heard, and to be a clear voice for all young individuals within the LGBTQIA+ community.

 


Young Labour National Committee – Disabled Members Officer

Statements of members who wish to stand for the role of Disabled Members Officer can be found below.

There is one position in this section to be elected by all members who are under the age of 27 who have self-identified as disabled before 23.59, Friday 17 June 2022.

 

Tom Laing

Membership Number

L1228344

Candidate Statement

Friends,

I joined our Party aged 14 having seen the impact of austerity upon young people and those with disabilities and now campaign regularly.

I’m:

Secretary of Wirral Young Labour

Vice-Chair of the Young Fabian Disability network

National Co-ordinator of the Young Fabians

Former Disability Officer of North West Young Labour.

Through my lived experience I know the issues that those who live with a disability face, both within our movement and wider society.

If elected I will:

1.) Give full, detailed and transparent reports from National Committee meetings including how I voted. I will attend Young Labour Branches and give verbal reports to members and answer their questions.

2.) Be open to comment, actively seek the views of young disabled members and respond to enquiries. I am committed to representing our views on National Committee.

3.) Campaign for disabled members to receive training on standing for public office to ensure we have more diverse and representative candidates.

4.) Campaign to ensure Labour’s next manifesto addresses the lived experiences of young members with disability in this country.

5.) Work with trade unions and socialist societies on socialist ideas to promote equality, diversity and inclusiveness within our movement.

 


Eddy Land

Membership Number

L1942612

Candidate Statement

I want to be elected for this position because I am a disabled person that clearly understands the discrimination that fellow disabled people get everyday and I want to help change that so everyone gets treated fairly.

 


Aisha Malik-Smith

Membership Number

L1226421

Candidate Statement

Nothing about us without us’ is the key principle of the Disabled people’s movement – this must be embedded in the Party and Labour in government. We know too often Disabled people’s representation is tokenistic or limited to a struggle for accessibility.
I’m re-standing for Disabled Member’s Officer to put our rights at the heart of policy issues affecting us, so we can self-organise, and have access to all levels of the party.
As a Caseworker & Organiser for a local UNISON branch, I understand the issues facing workers in the Health & Social Care sectors – and have lived experience of the barriers Disabled people face in accessing services.
Young Labour must remain a compassionate and organised socialist movement, nurturing Disabled members as trade unionists and activists.
My priorities in the role include:
– Running political education events on the history of the Disabled people’s movement & contemporary policy campaigns, raising awareness of Disabled people’s activism
– Developing a network of young Disabled members, providing a space for activist development and advice.
– Pushing for Party funding for access support at all events.
I’m a proud Unite member, Chair of Lewisham Deptford CLP, and supported by Momentum and trade unionists to fight for a socialist future.

 

 

Young Labour National Committee – Regional Representatives

Statements of members who wish to stand for Regional Representative positions can be found below.

There are nine position in this section split equally across the English regions.  To be elected by all members who are under the age of 27 who reside within the relevant region before 23.59, Friday 17 June 2022.

East Midlands

Joel Bryan

Membership Number

L1634665

Candidate Statement

I am standing because I want to create a strong East Midlands young Labour. If I win then I shall organise campaign days and socials across the East Midlands to bring our young members together and encourage more to become active. I want to make being a young member in the East Midlands fun and enjoyable with fun regular campaign days and social events. I want to support every young candidate who stands for our party in the region for any tier of government. I will hope to organise a campaign day for every young candidate standing for election in this region. I will be a voice on the reginal committee fighting for us to become a strong campaigning force and for more resources to come to the Midlands party to supportive young Labour groups. I have experience in organising as a local cllr who won a tight marginal seat in a by election. I have experience in getting more people involved with Derby young Labour and my own election campaign. I have campaigned across the East Midlands in all different sorts of elections meeting lots of you already and think we have the best region and the best members and I look forward to meeting more of you across our amazing region.

 


James Brooke McCrea

Membership Number

L1924196

Candidate Statement

My name is James Brooke McCrea. I have been an active member of the Labour Party since my fourteenth birthday, and have enjoyed canvassing for Keith Venables in local elections, and discussing topics with my local Labour Party branch.

I am currently leading the student run charity ‘Educate Africa’ raising money for the Good Hope School in Llilongwe, Malawi. Me and my team have been raising money through stalls and meetings with local rotary clubs for the past few months and will continue to do so for the rest of our term.

As Representative of my home the East Midlands, I vow to work with like-minded people and those with different views both in my region and beyond, as well as with local labour MPs, to be a promoter of the veiws of this young generation. Using skills from my work experience in parliament and from leading Educate Africa, I vow that there will be a noticable positive impact on the young people of the East Midlands.

 


Jake Ethan Swinburne

Membership Number

L1654084

Candidate Statement

I believe very much that Young Labour is in need of change – starting at the top. For too long have extremists been allowed free reign to publish at times frankly offensive messaging in the name of normal young members. As a more moderate and sensible voice for the young people of the East Midlands I believe I can help to bring that change about. My history in the Labour Party started when I joined in 2017 following the election, since then I have campaigned in every set of national elections and have served as a Youth Officer in Hartlepool CLP, as well as currently being President of my University Labour Society and serving on the Executive of the Lincoln Labour Party. I will always be a representative who will listen to what my members are saying and will always seek to act in their best interests.

 


Eastern

Sam Carling

Membership Number

L1920596

Candidate Statement

Hello! I’m Sam, and I’m hoping to be elected as the next Young Labour representative for the East of England. When I first got involved in my CLP, the lack of engagement of young people in general with our party became very evident, and I made addressing that a key priority for my CLP when elected its Vice Chair at 18.
I’m a second year science student, and for the last year I’ve been the Treasurer of my university’s Labour Club. As part of that, I’ve managed my Labour Club’s campaigning programme and was heavily involved in last year’s Local Elections. Getting young people in the city engaged with our work was key to election victories which we achieved even in difficult wards, and that’s what is motivating me to stand in this election.
I want to turn Young Labour into an effective campaigning organ that inspires young people to join our party, and empowers those who’ve already taken that step to join in on the national stage and be real assets to our party, mobilising victories in upcoming elections – both locally and nationally. That is what I want to build, and I hope you’ll support me in doing so!

 


Owen Hooper

Membership Number

L1273686

Candidate Statement

I joined the Labour party in the aftermath of the 2015 election but it was the socialist platform presented by Corbyn that energised me. I have fought for socialist policies to be centre of Labour’s programme for government. Recently I have been secretary of UEA Labour Society and served on the NPF. As secretary, I helped mobilise over 100 students to campaign for a transformative Labour manifesto that would have nationalised utility services, which is needed now more than ever.
The Labour movement is at an important juncture, and we need representatives who will deliver for young members. I’m standing as Eastern representative to build on the work of the previous committee that laid the foundations of building a strong labour network in our region. We must revitalise many young labour groups with socialist activists to lead grassroots campaigns on issues affecting young people such as scrapping of tuition fees, a £15 an hour minimum wage, social housing and more. I will work alongside comrades in the trade union movement to deliver a Young Labour that works and wins.
I’m proud to be standing with the support of Momentum and Trade Unionists to fight for a socialist future.

 


London

Leon Alleyne-McLaughlin

Membership Number

L1244971

Candidate Statement

Hi, my name is Leon (he/him). Like many young Londoners, I didn’t grow up in the capital but choose to make my home here as an adult. I understand how isolating moving to a new city can be, and what an important role that Young Labour can have in helping new Londoners find their footing, make new friends, and engage with the wider Labour movement.
However, too often in recent years, Young Labour has failed to engage with the actual interests of young people, instead becoming increasingly withdrawn from the members that they are supposed to represent. This needs to change.
As chair of LYL, I would:
– Introduce regular events targeted at new members, to help new Londoners get involved in LYL as quickly as possible.
– Reach out to the Co-operative Party and our affiliated Trade Unions and Socialist Societies to better involve them with LYL and reach the widest possible range of young members.
– Institute stronger safeguarding procedures and create a code of conduct that LYL officers are required to abide by.
– I will commit to holding an LYL AGM so that members can have the final say on the direction and policy that LYL will take this year.

 


Rsaal Firoz

Membership Number

L1855781

Candidate Statement

I am a committed socialist who has seen first hand the disastrous impact of austerity in our communities. We currently have the most callous, incompetent, right-wing government in recent history. We need, now more than ever, a bold opposition which has the political aptitude to make the case for the transformative policies which will no doubt benefit workers, minorities and the wider society.

 


Hasan Patel

Membership Number

L1655431

Candidate Statement

I’m running to be London’s representative on Young Labour’s national committee because we deserve an active and campaigning regional youth wing. Having been on Young Labour’s committee for the past 2 years as Under 18’s rep, I know how important it is to have young socialists taking the lead representing young members. We need a youth wing that is willing to fight for socialist policies that actually address the crises of our time; tackling the Tory manufactured cost of living crisis, the climate crisis, systemic racism and the housing crisis.
As your rep, I will restart London Young Labour to train up and educate young members on the skills they need to build power in our communities. I’m proud to be standing with the support of Momentum and trade unionists to fight for a socialist future. As a working-class Muslim from the East End, I know London Young Labour can be a force for change and a site of resistance for young people angry at the status quo. I will continue to help build a Young Labour that stands up for Trans folk, our Muslim members and all young people across the country.

 


Thomas Wilkinson

Membership Number

L1183667

Candidate Statement

The youth in London are being left behind and increasingly marginalised. I want to fight for your voice.

Over the last ten years house prices and rents have soared leaving many young people in London unable to get on the property ladder or even move out of their parents/guardians house.

The outrageous cost of housing and the lack of new build homes has exacerbated the issue with policy makers failing to come up with solutions and like the current Tory government; ignore the issue entirely.

Beyond this the pandemic has hit young people particularly hard as it has been mainly young people that have lost their jobs in London’s hospitality and tourist sectors, this added to the already insurmountable cost of living and housing has left many young Londoners despondent and angry. This needs to change and with the help of all Labour members we can change the narrative.

We must also all work to make London safer and continue the fight against knife crime and crimes against women. No member of the British public should be made to feel scared to walk the streets of our capital, the place we all call home.

 


 

North West

Chloe Field

Membership Number

L1635728

Candidate Statement

I’m Chloe, and I’m standing to be your North West Rep on Young Labour’s national committee to build an empowered, campaigning, socialist youth wing.
The North West has always had a radical history which continues to shape the struggle for socialism. As an active party member and secretary of North West Young Labour, I have organised members, hosted events to mobilise young members and have canvassed regularly in marginal seats across our region.
As a proud trade unionist of Unite and a student officer at Liverpool Guild I have reformed University sexual misconduct disciplinary procedures and won millions of pounds of rent rebates for students during COVID. I will use this experience to deliver political education, produce resources and facilitate skill sharing across our region; so the North West remains a campaigning force for change.

I will ensure young people in the region are heard, especially those typically underrepresented, such as women, BAME members, disabled people and those from the LGBTQ+ community. I will prioritise safeguarding to make sure the group is as safe as possible.

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

 

Northern Region

Hannah Cousins

Membership Number

L1424316

Candidate Statement

Hi! My name is Hannah and I live in Carlisle, Cumbria. I’m standing to be your Northern Representative for an empowered, campaigning and socialist Young Labour.
Young people need a transformational Labour government that will enact an irreversible shift in wealth and power to working people. As a Young Labour branch chair and UNITE branch officer, I know there are huge gaps in youth presence in our CLPs, councils and trade unions. Young people join the Labour Party to fight for socialist policies like a £15 minimum wage and Palestinian liberation, but are all too often put off by the hostility from senior members who can’t handle the radical politics of our generation.
That’s why we need socialist Young Labour councillors and representatives in power. I will work with socialist councillors in our region to create policy platforms for young members to stand on, lead political education sessions to empower young people in their communities and host guest speakers from the front-lines of industrial action to strengthen connections with Northern TUCs and fight for working class liberation.
I’m proud to be standing with the support of Momentum and trade unionists to fight for a socialist future.

 


Lauren Howells

Membership Number

L1660544

Candidate Statement

For too long, Young Labour has been dominated by a ‘Southern centric’ politics.
Many young Northern members, who joined Labour driven by the need to deliver a Labour government for the North, feel disillusioned. Young Labour needs a voice which addresses this imbalance honestly and assertively.
I grew up in Hartlepool, a town damaged by post-industrial decline and Tory neglect. My motivations for becoming involved in politics stemmed from a frustration at the lack of opportunity and structural inequality around me. I have felt the harsh realities of Labour losses. Since I was 15, I have taken on roles in local and national politics to seek the best political deal possible for young people amid a backdrop of savage austerity policies inflicted on the North by successive Tory administrations.
My vision for Young Labour is a youth wing which strengthens the Labour Party, working with the Party and not against it. I’ll work hard to motivate young members in our region to get involved in our Party through engaging events and training. We can use Young Labour to inspire young people in Northern communities disillusioned with politics that we can change our region for the better with a Labour Government.

 


South East Region

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 Young Labour SE representative. 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.

 


Nekisa Gholami-Babaahmady

Membership Number

L1258698

Candidate Statement

I’m Nekisa and I’m restanding to be your regional rep on the Young Labour National Committee.
Since I was elected, I’ve had one-to-one meetings with dozens of young members and Youth Officers across the region. What has stood out is the desire from young members for a properly resourced South East Young Labour group so that young members can better join-up our campaigns across the region. It is my promise to fight for this relentlessly.
We need this because young workers are set to be hit hardest in the cost-of-living crisis. As a proud socialist and trade unionist, I believe it is Young Labour’s duty to come forward with socialist solutions, and to campaign for their adoption both by the Party leadership, and for their immediate enaction in local communities.
Young Labour must work hand-in-hand with trade unions to organise young workers, provide Young Labour groups with the organising tools and political education to win power in their communities, and stand up socialism, even when the Party leadership won’t. I’d be honoured to have your support in that task.
I am proud to be standing with the support of Momentum to fight for a Socialist Future.

 


Joe Rourke

Membership Number

L1890298

Candidate Statement

I’m standing to be South East Representative because this is the place I’ve always called home, and we deserve better than Conservative councils and MPs. The South East is changing and is somewhere Labour continues to grow, and Young Labour is a core part of campaigning here and across the country.
I will work tirelessly to ensure proper safeguarding for events and campaigning across the region, and that all the work we do is inclusive for all communities. The Labour Party can be divided but when we pull together we are always more powerful, and I hope we can become the most united region in the country. I promise to arrange discussions with Young Labour groups across the region and frequent regional events. I’ve already worked in promoting inclusivity, campaigning, and arranging events as Youth Officer for my CLP (Runnymede & Weybridge) and as President of Royal Holloway’s Labour Society – and I hope I can continue to learn as I represent you.
Young people are the future of our country and our party and they deserve the ability to thrive and their concerns be heard, and this is especially important to me in the South East.

 


Sam Theodoridi

Membership Number

L1383357

Candidate Statement

We deserve better. For too long, Young Labour has not been truly representative, and has done nothing to engage with us. They have been out of touch, aloof, living in a world where factionalism and petty arguments in London are more important than facilitating engagement between the party leadership and ordinary members of Young Labour.

We need a Young Labour representative that will proactively engage with young members, and work constructively across the party to deliver outcomes that are beneficial for young members of all ages and backgrounds in our region.

if elected I will:
Work with other Young Labour representatives from across the country to deliver a national organisation that is open, fair, and representative of all young members within our Party;

Look to build up Young Labour’s organisation within the South East, by working with CLP Youth officers to create local Young Labour groups across the region;

Work constructively with the leadership of the Labour Party, and with the South East Regional Office, to find ways of improving engagement with young members and the wider Labour Party.

Please get in contact if you have any questions, or just want to have a chat.

 


South West Region

Daisy Carter

Membership Number

L1664060

Candidate Statement

I’m Daisy Carter, and I’m restanding to represent the South West region on the Young Labour National Committee.
I have been a member of the Labour Party for 5 years now and it has been an honour to work with so many young socialists across my region as they organise around climate justice, workplace rights, and liberation struggles.
On the committee so far I have worked with comrades across the country to deliver political education, including at the national conference, supported local groups to register, and assisted with motions and policy positions.
Sadly I have faced hostility and pushback from the party when attempting to secure a democratic and autonomous South West Young Labour group. Despite barriers designed to disengage us I will continue to fight this so our young members can have a space to organise and educate.
Young members in our region deserve better and if re-elected I will continue to fight for socialism and anti-imperialist policies in our party; support young members organising in their local groups; and push for further democracy and autonomy in our organisation.
I’m proud to be standing with the support of Momentum and trade unionists to fight for a socialist future.

 


West Midlands

Harry Burke

Membership Number

L1779883

Candidate Statement

Coming from a traditional Tory stronghold, I’ve learnt how to fight hard for socialism at a local level. I’ve organised BLM protests in face of angry counter protestors, I’ve been campaigning whilst members of the public have verbally and even physically assaulted my fellow Labour Party members, and I’ve done the community work; litter picking, door knocking and leafleting. As a young person it’s been difficult to be treated fairly in these circumstances. That’s why I’m running as West Midlands representative – to help other young people who aren’t taken seriously. Born and raised in Herefordshire but with family across Birmingham, I’m a West Midlands lad, and to be able to represent our young people would be an incredible honour. My priorities will be; helping get your voice heard, encouraging youth trade union membership, standing up for trans rights in the Labour Party, decolonising the curriculum, and most importantly fighting for socialist causes across the West Midlands. I am proud to be standing with the support of Momentum and trade unions to fight for a Socialist Future. To quote Salvador Allende, “History is ours and the people make history” – young people will be heard, and we will make history!

 


Samuel Hackney

Membership Number

L1770440

Candidate Statement

Hi everyone, I’m Sam (they/them) and I’m running for West Midlands Young Labour Rep. I’m founder and currently the Co-Chair of Potteries Young Labour, since 2019. In that time, the group has grown from a small team to over 30 members and we have mobilised to achieve significant gains from the Tories in Stoke-on-Trent. I am incredibly proud of what our group has achieved, and if elected, I will mobilise and support young members to take on the Tories across the West Midlands.
I would:
Run campaigns in the West Midlands that bring together all parts of our movement to take on the Tories
Support young people in the area to put themselves forward for positions in the party and elected office
Bring together CLP Youth Officers in a regional network to support each other and ensure our voices are heard in CLPs and the party.

 


Kashmire Hawker

Membership Number

L1253785

Candidate Statement

Seeing Labour lose in a region like the West Midlands, as well as being in a divided movement shows change is required.
Being an Autistic and BAME man whose experienced poverty, racism and the constant fear that I wouldn’t achieve thanks to societal inequality – I cannot standby.
I’m proud to be WM Young Combined Authority’s Co-Chair, an associate of a disability charity, being on Young Fabians WM committee, volunteer at Silverstone and Wolves youngest Council candidate in 2021.
As well as a Labour member, I’m a Co-op, Fabians and Community Union member and this plus the experience listed, is what is needed to help build a WM youth wing that is Positive, Accessible and Unified.
If Elected, I aim to:
– Help form Young Labour goups in all areas
– Hold campaigning events in fully accessible locations
– Create a Co-Produced Youth Vision for our region, which form part of Elections manifestos
– Expand the use of Dialogue and Social Media in campaigning
– Being transparent about my voting and views on committee
– And work with ANYONE – regardless of views across the party
‘All we ask is the chance to serve’ lets prove it, together!

 


Yorkshire & The Humber

Will Brown

Membership Number

L1776407

Candidate Statement

For too long, young members across our region have been left behind – this ends now. We need a strong representative for Yorkshire & Humber who will restore the voice of young people and put Labour back on the path to power.
Our young members are tomorrow’s ministers. Let’s unleash our full potential by developing a young future leaders scheme so we have the best opportunity to succeed in our party, regardless of where we come from.
I’m proud of our union roots and will work to develop the key role they play within our movement by encouraging young members to join one.
Youth groups are a shining example of how great our movement is. I’ll work tirelessly in every corner of the region so members can get involved by campaigning for the resources you need.
I want every young person to feel safe in our party regardless of your background. However, our current safeguarding systems are not fit for purpose. I’ll fight to change that.
Together, we can put Labour back on the path to power and deliver real change for young people.

Let’s do this.
Read more: http://willbrown.org

 


Jawad Khan

Membership Number

L1263344

Candidate Statement

I’m Jawad, and I’m standing to be your Yorkshire and Humber Rep on Young Labour’s national committee to build an empowered, campaigning, socialist youth wing.
During my time on Young Labour’s committee as GMB Rep I have organised motions and actions in solidarity with workers in dispute – from workplaces such as British Gas to campaigns like Wages Not Based on Ages. Through the youth section of my union, I have been active on picket lines, recruited young people into the union and fought for policies that will help young workers.
I will use this alongside my experience as Youth Officer for GMB Brighouse General Branch and Chair of GMB Yorkshire Young Members, to establish a regional group of young members. Having campaigned and organised with young members across our region for over 7 years, I understand the importance of this.
Young members aren’t just canvassers for the Party. We need to be supported with access to political education, skills and resources; helping us understand the history of our movement and how we can organise to build socialism in our lifetime.
I’m proud to be standing with the support of Momentum and trade unionists to fight for a socialist future.

 


Corben Russell

Membership Number

L1751189

Candidate Statement

I want to be the Yorkshire and Humber representative because I want to give back to the part of the country that welcomed me with open arms when I moved to Leeds for University. It’s time that the young people of Yorkshire and the Humber had their voices heard and were taken seriously by the people in Westminster. I will give a voice to the most affected young people in our area and make sure that they are heard. Since living here I have seen how people in the north aren’t taken seriously, we don’t have the same opportunities as those in the south and we’re pushed to the back burner. Yorkshire and the Humber was once the powerhouse of Britain and now we have been pushed aside. It’s time leveling up was a serious action rather than a Tory election slogan.

 


Young Labour National Committee – Scottish Representative

Statements of members who wish to stand for Scottish Representative positions can be found below.

There is one position in this section to be elected by all members who are under the age of 27 who reside within Scotland before 23.59, Friday 17 June 2022.

 

Caitlin Alexandria Lee

Membership Number

L1935230

Candidate Statement

My name is Caitlin Alexandria Lee and I am running for the Young Labour Scotland seat to organise young people in the fight for a socialist future. I’m proud to be standing with the support of Momentum and trade unionists to fight for a socialist future.
I am from the West Coast of Scotland and have seen the consequences of political decisions that are not taken by or for working-class people. As a young woman worker in mostly hospitality jobs I have worked in jobs with zero hour contracts and workplaces that put profit before the workers.
I am the branch chair of Unite Hospitality in Glasgow, as such I know the power of industrial organising. I have organised a branch of over 2000 workers in Glasgow.
My main aim is to empower young people to take a stand against the injustices we face. In trade unions we don’t wait for an election cycle to fight for what we need in the workplace – we organise. We need to be using our power as an organised group to grow it, in our communities, workplaces and governments. That is the approach I will bring to Young Labour.

 


Young Labour National Committee – Welsh Representative

Statements of members who wish to stand for Welsh Representative positions can be found below.

There is one position in this section to be elected by all members who are under the age of 27 who reside within Wales before 23.59, Friday 17 June 2022.

 

 

Chloe Shaye Rees

Membership Number

L1526050

Candidate Statement

In 2019 Bridgend turned Conservative for the first time since 1983 – I promised myself to do everything I can to not let this happen again. After the defeat, I coordinated and mobilised Bridgend Young Labour, which has gone on to run successful campaigns in supporting refugees, mental health and LGBTQIA+ rights. Bridgend Young Labour is a political force that is dedicated to doing good in the community – our actions are focussed on those who need our help, and creating an example of what can be done when Labour are in power.
My background is organising, and ran a successful campaign under Mark Drakeford’s leadership during the Senedd election – a campaign that was progressive, radical and resonated with ordinary people who want to see positive change in their communities.
If elected as Chair of Welsh Young Labour, my aim would be to mobilise our membership, strategise effective campaigns that uplift voices across our communities and ensure that voices of the most disadvantaged are at the top of our agenda. Above all, I aim to build on the success of our Welsh Labour Government to ensure that we secure a UK Labour Government at the next election.

 

Young Labour National Committee – under 18’s Representative

Statements of members who wish to stand for under 18’s Representative positions can be found below.

There is one position in this section to be elected by all members who are under the age of 18 before 23.59, Friday 17 June 2022.

Ralph Ali

Membership Number

L1852338

Candidate Statement

I’m running because I want to build a radical, welcoming, and liberated Young Labour. Growing up with a disability and being raised by a single mother, I know how austerity and damaging Tory policies have affected the country as they affected me. That’s why I believe our movement needs to stand united behind delivering a Labour government that will transform the lives of so many young people like myself.
As chair of the Young Fabians U19s, I have experience in coordinating U18 members, organising events and ensuring safeguarding is a top priority. I’m a regular on the Labour doorstep; canvassing and campaigning for CLPs and candidates across the country.
If elected I will:
-Fight for training and mentoring for U18s so that members are equipped with the skills needed to engage more U18 members and run thriving YL groups.
-Ensure U18s are welcome in YL, including at socials. I’m committed to rooting out any discrimination, particularly against our trans comrades.
-Push the leadership to campaign on issues important to U18s such as votes at 16 and addressing the climate crisis.
So please nominate me to be U18s officer and together let’s build a better Young Labour!

 


Samuel Cohen

Membership Number

L1924816

Candidate Statement

My name is Sam, and I’m standing to be Under 18’s Rep on the Young Labour National Committee.
The last few years in Labour have been difficult and divisive. As the political wing of the trade unionist movement, we must come together to show solidarity with our unions, and organise young people in their workplaces. We need to build an empowered youth wing defending radical policy passed at previous conferences, from a Green New Deal to a £15 minimum wage to Palestinian liberation. We must fight the disgraceful rise in transphobia which has made Labour unbearable for LGBTQ+ comrades.
I will use my experience as CLP Youth Officer and Chair of Hertsmere Young Labour to harness the energy of under-18s organising across social justice movements to facilitate spaces of political education, skill sharing and resources; empowering Young Labour branches in their own communities. I’ll push to have the Young Labour conference, staff support and events we’re entitled to, and ensure as many as possible are under-18-inclusive.
As a proud Jewish socialist, I will stand for a radical, empowered, campaigning Young Labour.
I’m proud to be standing with the support of Momentum and trade unionists to fight for a socialist future.

 


Young Labour National Committee – International Officer

Statements of members who wish to stand for International Officer positions can be found below.

There is one position in this section to be elected by all members who are under the age of 27 before 23.59, Friday 17 June 2022.

 

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 at the Young Labour National Committee. 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.

 


Zakir Hussain Fayazi

Membership Number

L1716528

Candidate Statement

Being a member of the party since 2017, it will be an honour to be the voice of the students and part of the party.

Best regards,

 


Toheed Khan

Membership Number

L1846356

Candidate Statement

I have been a party member for 3 years now, now more than ever I feel confident enough to become a candidate for this position. I have been involved in young people politics for a long time, as a member of UK youth parliament. I now want to embark upon a chapter within our party and take on this role as International Officer for the National Committee. I hope you can see where my experience lies, and I hope with your vote, we can work together to make Young Labour the voice of the youth wing and develop our international links and work. Thank You

 


Dill Patel

Membership Number

L1768726

Candidate Statement

I’m Dill, and I’m standing to be your Young Labour International Officer.
I joined the Labour Party when I started university and I’ve been President of Keele University Labour Club and I’m active in my Labour Society at Exeter University. Through my Labour Club I have campaigned on issues from council job cuts to pushing voter registration on campus to ensuring young voices are heard and not overlooked.
Our movement, particularly Young Labour, has become very London centric over recent years, and I feel politics needs more representation of people like me, from outside the London bubble.
Capitalism as it currently exists is dangerously out of control and not only threatens the livelihoods and futures of the most vulnerable in society but is tearing our planet apart and fuelling the climate crisis. This is a fight that not only requires tackling here in the UK but also around the world with global solutions to global problems.
As your International Officer, I will build on our relationships with our sister parties around the world, especially their youth wings to build global youth solidarity. We must make sure Young Labour is internationalist in its outlook and fights for equality for all.

 


Mohammad Suhail

Membership Number

L1598744

Candidate Statement

Young Labour has a proud tradition of working with young socialists and trade unionists across the world. From young Austrian socialists coming to work with us in 2019, to our Chair representing YL in Brazil, the next International Officer must continue this tradition.
I learnt the importance of international solidarity through the Palestine Solidarity movement. Socialists must back the campaign supporting their liberation. The recent Amnesty report outlines facts that have been known for a long time. If elected, Young Labour will maintain support for Palestine, and call for an end to Israeli apartheid.
As the Far-Right grows in the UK, they act similarly across the world. We cannot simply aim to defeat them domestically, but must work with comrades to do so globally, learning from socialists across the world who have inflicted defeats on the Far-right to do the same at home.
It is only together, in solidarity, that we will see the global changes we need. I am standing to be Young Labour’s International Officer to help build the international solidarity that this, and our movement, depends on.
I’m proud to be standing with the support of Momentum and trade unionists to fight for a socialist future.

 


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