The Young Fabians held their AGM on 24th November in Fabian HQ, Petty France. The new executive was ratified, motions were debated and new networks were approved.
The young Fabians hosted an event in November to discuss Britain's relationship with the Middle East. the International Network Secretary, Nathaneal Amos Sansam, writes up the event below.
On Saturday 10th November the Young Fabians Economy & Finance Network ran a ‘Rethinking Economics Workshop’, hosted by Nadia Islam and Mark Whittaker and with three invited speakers. This was a timely event, coming off the back of an underwhelming autumn budget at a time when, as described by the IPPR, the economy ‘is not working for millions of people and requires fundamental reform’ and with the prospect of a potentially ruinous Brexit looming on the near horizon
"The key to the Preston model is spending local authority money and ‘anchor institutions’ funds locally with local contractors and suppliers."
This article is based on the Young Fabian Economy & Finance Network’s event in Leeds Civic Hall on 25th October 2018.
The speakers were Mhairi Tordoff (social housing professional and environmental activist), Prof John Barrett (UK Energy Research Centre), Ian Rigarlsford (Ecology Building Society), and Alex Sobel MP (Environmental Audit Committee and leader of SERA’s Parliamentary Network).
The Young Fabians Devolution and Local Network recently spoke to Lisa Nandy (MP for Wigan and Centre for Towns) and Jonn Elledge (Editor of City Metric). John Morris summarises the debate.
"The anti-semitism debate is another strike on the shaky foundations that Scottish Labour needs to build for its successful revival."
"We are tired of being told ‘that’s the problem with you feminists’, ‘be quiet’ and ‘you’re being too emotional about this’."
Earlier this year, we published Ash Lawton Dharmasingham's series 'East of Suez: A British Strategy for an Asian Century.
If you want to read the whole series as a single document, click here.
"To this end, and with my Fabian cap on, it would appear Labour’s fiscal credibility rule is nothing more than a timid mainstream step in the right direction, gradual it may be, progressive and radical - it certainly is not."
"The civil rights marches of the 60s and 70s called for British Rights for British Citizens. It is inexcusable that after decades of struggle, peace talks and progress, the UK government continues to shirk its responsibility of offering protection to all people in the UK"
Personally through my own experiences of the NHS, I have seen how empathetic, patient and hardworking most of the medical professional staff are; but I have also experienced unsympathetic, tired, stressed NHS staff who many are unable to deliver the nurturing services we have all expected for years
Learning should be life-long and through this collaborative, progressive approach of multi-industry placements, this can remain so.
Young Fabian writes up the Book Club event discussing Dismembered bu Polly Toynbee and David Walker
This article is based on discussion at an event co-hosted by the Young Fabian Technology Network and Economy & Finance Network on “A World Without Cash” on the 6th of July, 2018.
"For youth services to have a significant impact it must put sport and recreation at the core of its delivery."
"As socialists, we cannot shy away from taking bold policy steps to safeguard peoples’ rights, freedoms and economic empowerment in this Brave New World."
Elisabeth Lindberg of the Swedish Social Democrats writes on the upcoming Swedish elections.
Societies built on liberal foundations are an aberration in human history rather than the norm and they must be defended. History is the story of humanity lurching from one crisis to the next, but even with this in consideration the current political climate is deeply concerning.
"But we don’t need to wait for a Labour Government. We are involved in the administration of 134 councils across the UK- each of which have some control of procurement policy for their own councils"