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National Youth Elections 2018

Everything you need to know about standing for election

Are you an active young member who wants to get more involved in Young Labour? Ever thought that you could take on an exciting and challenging position of responsibility? This is your chance – in the new year young members will be able to vote for their youth representatives in their region/nation, on the Young Labour National Committee, and on the Labour Party’s National Executive Committee.

This page tells you which positions are being elected and when, who is eligible to stand, and how you can put yourself forward.

The nominations deadline for all positions is Thursday 8 February at 12pm. Nominations will not be accepted after this deadline so make sure you don’t miss out! You can see the full timetable below.

Which positions are being elected?

National Positions
National Chair of Young Labour
NEC Youth Representative
International Officer
Ordinary Representatives (x2)
Under 19s Officer
Trade Union Representatives (x6)

Regions & Nations Positions
Young Labour National Committee Regional/Scottish/Welsh Representatives (x11)
Regional Board Youth Representatives (x10)

National Positions

National Chair of Young Labour

What do they do?
The Chair of Young Labour coordinates the work of Young Labour and helps set direction for the organisation. This role is for an experienced young activist who understands how Young Labour works on a local, regional and national level, and can help coordinate national events, chair meetings of the National Committee, and lead the Labour Party’s youth wing with confidence.

Who is eligible to stand?
To stand for this position you must be a fully paid-up young member under 27 as of Thursday 8 February 2018.

How can I put myself forward?
To be nominated for this position you require at least 50 nominations from fully paid-up young members of the Labour Party. Young members can make a nomination for a candidate for National Chair via the Youth Elections portal. Only once you have received 50 nominations will you be confirmed as a candidate. The nominations deadline is 12pm on Thursday 8 February – you must be validly nominated by this deadline otherwise you will not be eligible to stand for this position.

NEC Youth Representative

What do they do?
The NEC is the National Executive Committee of the Labour Party and exists to provide a strategic direction for the Party as a whole and to maintain and develop an active Party in the country, working in partnership with the Party’s representatives in Parliament, the European Parliament, devolved administrations and local government to secure the Party’s objectives. It is made up of representatives from the various sections of the Labour movement: CLPs, affiliates, and elected representatives. The NEC Youth Representative is the voice of young members at the highest level of the Party. This role is for an experienced young activist with a sound understanding of the Labour Party, its aims, values and structures, who can confidently represent the views of thousands of young members on a national platform.

Who is eligible to stand?
Any fully-paid up young member who is under 23 as of Thursday 8 February 2018 is eligible to stand for this position

How can I put myself forward?
In order to be nominated for this position you require at least 50 nominations from fully paid-up young members of the Labour Party. Young members can make a nomination for a candidate for NEC Youth Representative via the Youth Elections portal.

You also require at least two nominations from affiliated Trade Unions or Socialist Societies, which must be made by the affiliated organisation to the Labour Party. Affiliated organisations will be contacted directly with guidance on submitting their nominations.

Only once you have received 50 nominations from young members and two from affiliated organisations will you be confirmed as a candidate. The nominations deadline is 12pm on Thursday 8 February – you must be validly nominated by this deadline otherwise you will not be eligible to stand for this position.

International Officer

What do they do?
The International Officer sits on the Young Labour National Committee and acts as a link between Young Labour and the youth sections of our sister parties. It means regularly attending meetings of the Young European Socialists (YES) and the International Union of Socialist Youth (IUSY) and reporting back to the wider committee. This role is for a young member with a keen interest in international affairs and the work of our sister parties, who is able to represent Young Labour at events and conferences with their international counterparts.

Who is eligible to stand?
To stand for this position you must be a fully paid-up young member under 27 as of Thursday 8 February 2018.

How can I put myself forward?
In order to stand as a candidate for this position, you must nominate yourself via the Youth Elections portal – you will need your Labour Party membership number, and will be asked to provide a candidate statement of no longer than 200 words.

Ordinary Representatives (x2)

What do they do?
The role of the Ordinary Representatives on the Young Labour National Committee is to voice the views of young members. This is a general role which would suit a young activist keen to amplify the voices and ideas of our thousands of young members across the country.

Who is eligible to stand?
To stand for this position you must be a fully paid-up young member under 27 as of Thursday 8 February 2018. Please note one of the two positions available is reserved for a self-defining woman (?).

How can I put myself forward?
In order to stand as a candidate for this position, you must nominate yourself via the Youth Elections portal – you will need your Labour Party membership number, and will be asked to provide a candidate statement of no longer than 200 words.

Under 19s Officer

What do they do?
This position is a recognition of the breadth of ages amongst our young members and the potential for under-representation of members under 19. The role of the Under 19s Officer is to represent young members who are under the age of 19 on the Young Labour National Committee, support these members and help campaign on issues that matter to them. This position is for a young activist who is keen to give younger members a strong voice and support them to play a full role in the Labour Party.

Who is eligible to stand?
To stand for this position you must be a fully paid-up young member and under 19 years old as of Thursday 8 February 2018.

How can I put myself forward?
In order to stand as a candidate for this position, you must nominate yourself via the Youth Elections portal – you will need your Labour Party membership number, and will be asked to provide a candidate statement of no longer than 200 words.

Trade Union Representatives (x6)

What do they do?
The Trade Union representatives on the Young Labour National Committee represent young trade unionists, and work to campaign on behalf of and give a voice to young workers within Young Labour.

Who is eligible to stand?
To stand for this position you must be a fully paid-up young member under 27 as of Thursday 8 February 2018 and a member of an affiliated Trade Union. Please note three of the six positions available are reserved for self-defining women (?).

How can I put myself forward?
You should contact your trade union to find out how to stand as a candidate.

Regions & Nations Positions

Young Labour National Committee Regional/Scottish/Welsh Representatives (x11)

What do they do?
The regional/Scottish/Welsh representatives on the Young Labour National Committee co-ordinate Young Labour activity within their region or nation – whether that is supporting existing Young Labour groups or working to start new groups – and to link that activity up with Young Labour nationally. These roles are ideal for activists keen to do more to help young members get involved at a local & regional level.

Who is eligible to stand?
To stand for one of these positions you must be a fully paid-up young member under 27 as of Thursday 8 February 2018. Please note you will only be able to nominate yourself in the region/nation where your Labour Party membership is currently registered. You can check your membership details by contacting the Labour Party Membership Team on 0345 092 2299.

In the interests of maintaining a gender balance, approximately half of these positions are reserved for self-defining women (?) – which regions/nations are reserved alternates each election cycle.

You can see which regions/nations positions are open and which are reserved for self-defining women (?) in the grid below. Please make sure you check you are eligible before putting yourself forward.

How can I put myself forward?
In order to stand as a candidate for this position, you must nominate yourself via the Youth Elections portal – you will need your Labour Party membership number, and will be asked to provide a candidate statement of no longer than 200 words.

Regional Board Youth Representatives (x10)

What do they do?
Regional Board Youth Representatives give young members a voice in the running of the Party in their region/nation. They sit on and attend meetings of their Regional Board as a representative of young members in the region. These roles are for young members with an interest in working with their region/nation to improve the representation of young members.

Who is eligible to stand?
To stand for one of these positions you must be a fully paid-up young member under 27 as of Thursday 8 February 2018. Please note you will only be able to nominate yourself in the region/nation where your Labour Party membership is currently registered. You can check your membership details by contacting the Labour Party Membership Team on 0345 092 2299.

In the interests of maintaining a gender balance, approximately half of these positions are reserved for self-defining women (?) – which regions/nations are reserved alternates each election cycle.

You can see which regions/nations positions are open and which are reserved for self-defining women (?) in the grid below. Please make sure you check you are eligible before putting yourself forward.

How can I put myself forward?
In order to stand as a candidate for this position, you must nominate yourself via the Youth Elections portal – you will need your Labour Party membership number, and will be asked to provide a candidate statement of no longer than 200 words.

Which regions/nations positions are being elected and who can stand?

Region / Nation Regional Board Youth Representative Young Labour National Committee
East Midlands Reserved for a self-defining woman (?) Open to any young member
Eastern Reserved for a self-defining woman (?) Open to any young member
London Reserved for a self-defining woman (?) Open to any young member
North Open to any young member Reserved for a self-defining woman (?)
North West Open to any young member Reserved for a self-defining woman (?)
Scotland Election already conducted Reserved for a self-defining woman (?)
South East Reserved for a self-defining woman (?) Open to any young member
South West Open to any young member Reserved for a self-defining woman (?)
Wales Open to any young member Reserved for a self-defining woman (?)
West Midlands Reserved for a self-defining woman (?) Open to any young member
Yorkshire Reserved for a self-defining woman (?) Open to any young member


Elections timetable

Date Deadlines
Monday 8 January Nominations open via the Youth Elections portal
Thursday 8 February,
12pm
Nominations deadline – all candidates must be validly nominated by this point.
Freeze date – this is also date by which you must be a fully paid-up member of the Labour Party in order to stand as or nominate a candidate, and to vote in the elections. All membership details must be up to date at this point.
Monday 19 February Voting opens online for all contested positions.
Friday 16 March, 12pm Voting closes online
Monday 20th March Results announced

A note on self-definition of gender
Where eligibility is restricted to self-defining woman this means that anyone who self-defines as a woman is eligible to stand for these positions. Young members who do not self-define as a woman will not be eligible. You must indicate whether you self-define as a woman when you complete the online nomination form via the Youth Elections portal.

If you’re unsure about something, check out our Youth Ballot FAQs page. If you still can’t find the answer to your question, you can get in touch at youthelections@labour.org.uk.