Fifteen for 2015: No lone ranger

Amina Lone is one of the Prospective Parliamentary Candidates (PPCs) profiled in the new Young Fabians pamphlet 'Fifteen for 2015'. You can read the pamphlet here.

Many politicians fret over how to engage with voters. They spend hours of time and thousands of pounds learning how to connect and appear genuine in the public eye. To shape a perception that ‘they’ are in fact ‘us’. Amina Lone is not one of them. She is the voter.


The battle for South Thanet, could Labour win?

“Which way do you want to go, left or right?” This was a question posed to me as we reached a street to leaflet in the Thanet ward of Cliftonville. We all face this stark choice at the next General election. But reflecting back on my experience campaigning for Labour’s Will Scobie in the seat of South Thanet, that question on everyone there is much starker.


Standing by our man

Since joining the Labour Party in 2013, I have always stood behind Ed Miliband and his leadership; indeed, it was a good part of the reason I joined in the first place. It’s been a tiring time mainly consisting of getting annoyed at Dan Hodges columns and explaining to my parents why they were wrong every time they said ‘David would be better’. However, I believe Labour’s campaign going into this election has more than vindicated my support for Ed.


Fifteen for 2015: Something old and something new

Veronica King is one of the Prospective Parliamentary Candidates (PPCs) profiled in the new Young Fabians pamphlet 'Fifteen for 2015'. You can read the pamphlet here.

Politics transforms people. It can turn the apathetic non-voter into a firebrand campaigner and teach the cynical to believe again. 
It can also make some people very, very angry.


Fifteen for 2015: Staying true to our roots

Amanjit Jhund is one of the Prospective Parliamentary Candidates (PPCs) profiled in the new Young Fabians pamphlet 'Fifteen for 2015'. You can read the pamphlet here.

"It’s all to play for,” says Amanjit of the upcoming election. “We are seeing the erosion of the two party system and the rise of new viable options for the electorate. This means every individual on the doorstep is going to make a difference”.


Fifteen for 2015: Rupa Huq

Rupa Huq is one of the Prospective Parliamentary Candidates (PPCs) profiled in the new Young Fabians pamphlet 'Fifteen for 2015'. You can read the pamphlet here.

When you first meet Rupa, you can’t help but feel at ease around her and inspired by her energy and affability. She’s charismatic, approachable and fun- qualities that make her great company, which is probably half the battle when you’re a candidate trying to convince floating voters in one of the most uncertain constituencies in this election. On the list of 106 Labour target seats, Ealing Central and Acton is number 56. If Rupa wins, Labour will pass the tipping point and Ed Miliband will be in Number 10.


Fifteen for 2015: The Rock Star Politician

James Frith is one of the Prospective Parliamentary Candidates (PPCs) profiled in the new Young Fabians pamphlet 'Fifteen for 2015'. You can read the pamphlet here.

I doubt you’ll find many Labour candidates who can boast that their rock band once entertained the same crowd as Kings of Leon at Glastonbury. But dig a little deeper and it’s not hard to see how James Frith, Labour’s PPC for Bury North, was inspired by the draw of the festival stage, and later by the pull of party politics.


Fifteen for 2015: The Marathon Man

Will Martindale is one of the Prospective Parliamentary Candidates (PPCs) profiled in the new Young Fabians pamphlet 'Fifteen for 2015'. You can read the pamphlet here.

After arriving to meet Will Martindale at the busy Battersea Labour office, it is immediately clear that there is no time for rest or downtime in the final weeks of the general election campaign. Multi-tasking is a pre-requisite for any parliamentary candidate, and true to form Will combines making tea for his volunteers, fielding my questions and caring for his expressive young daughter Aurelie.


Will it be ‘The Sun Wot Won It’ this time?

Seventy five percent of the British Press endorsed the Conservative Party in 2010. Rupert Murdoch and Paul Dacre have deep links with the Conservative Party, something made exceptionally evident at the height of summer in 2012. Before Tony Blair’s now infamous meeting with Murdoch, The Sun among other prized possessions of Murdoch’s empire would try to spurn the most devastating vitriol they could to either prevent a Labour government, and if that failed, bring it down. It was clear in 1979, as it was in 1992.


Fifteen for 2015: Lisa Forbes

Lisa Forbes is one of the Prospective Parliamentary Candidates (PPCs) profiled in the new Young Fabians pamphlet 'Fifteen for 2015'. You can read the pamphlet here.

There are some moments from our childhood that stick with us forever and shape the people we eventually become. Such moments can determine our attitudes towards work; others our attitudes towards relationships. Still others can indelibly change our outlook on society, and instil political beliefs that last a lifetime. 


Fifteen for 2015: Rowenna Davis

Rowenna Davis is one of the Prospective Parliamentary Candidates (PPCs) profiled in the new Young Fabians pamphlet 'Fifteen for 2015'. You can read the pamphlet here.

If you can say one thing about Rowenna Davis it’s that she’s not afraid to ruffle a few feathers. More than a decade before her rise to political prominence as the author of ‘Tangled Up In Blue’, Labour’s candidate for Southampton Itchen caused a stir by organising a new school ‘tuck shop’ to rival the much-maligned school dinners. Told by staff at her inner-London comprehensive she had “no hope” of influencing Serco due to its 15 year contract to provide the service, a 14-year-old Rowenna stood firm. Two weeks later Serco gave in, introducing a new menu with vegetarian options. Multi-national corporation 0. Community organising 1.


Fifteen for 2015: Emily Brothers

Emily Brothers is one of the Prospective Parliamentary Candidates (PPCs) profiled in the new Young Fabians pamphlet 'Fifteen for 2015'. You can read the pamphlet here.

Emily Brothers understands the value of solidarity. At the age of 10 her eyesight started to fail. Her home city of Liverpool did not have the facilities to provide the surgery she urgently needed, and her parents were on strike and couldn’t afford the fare to London. 


Fifteen for 2015: Jess Asato

Jess Asato is one of the Prospective Parliamentary Candidates (PPCs) profiled in the new Young Fabians pamphlet 'Fifteen for 2015'.

You can read the pamphlet here.  

The Young Fabians are proud to call Jess Asato one of our own. A long-standing member of the executive committee and Chair in 2003/04, Jess continues to support the organisation that became her first political home to this day- speaking at events, writing for Anticipations, and flying the Fabian flag as a member of the senior society executive.


Young Fabians Fifteen for 2015: Foreword

Today the Young Fabians launch their new digital pamphlet, 'Fifteen for 2015', profiling fifteen Labour Prospective Parliamentary Candidates (PPCs) standing for election across the country.

Each day, Anticipations will publish one of the profiles online. First of all, though, find below the pamphlet foreword written by Iain McNicol, General Secretary of the Labour Party.  


Forging a Progressive Coalition

If you can't beat 'em, join 'em.

It's hardly the most inspiring mantra in politics. But in an election of deadlocked polls and scattered swings it’s one Labour may just have to swallow if Ed Miliband is to walk into Number 10 on May 8th.


First 100 Days Series: regaining credibility on the international stage.

First 100 Days Series.

International Network: regaining credibility on the international stage.

It is extremely difficult to predict what foreign affairs matters will be crossing the desk of the next Prime Minister in his first 100 days. Much of foreign policy is reactive and most crises, even epoch-defining ones, are unforeseen. Who would have predicted the War on Terror on 8th September 2001? Any number of currently under-the-radar conflicts could flare up, such as the situation in Darfur, or the Rohingyas in Myanmar.


First 100 days series: what is State Education For?

First 100 Days Series.

Education Network: what is State Education For?

Taking office in May, the new leader of the Department of Education will have to take the lead in responding to a number of critical questions. What is the role of academies and free schools within the English state education system? How do you close the gap in educational achievement? How should you assuage a workforce which feels overworked and disgruntled? Though these issues are pressing and deserve immediate responses, they all implicitly presume that we know the answer to a more profound question: What is state education for? This critical question has rarely been on the political agenda, resulting in a state education system bloated with inadequate responses to these urgent issues. This piece seeks not to provide any answers, but rather argue that even just careful deliberation of the question could be catalytic for positive radical transformation of the English state education system.


First 100 days series: Mainstreaming Mental Health

First 100 days series.

Health Network: mainstreaming Mental Health.

Mental Health is often considered ‘the Cinderella’ service of the NHS. Mental health is chronically under-funded, given a lack of priority and there exists a huge disparity of esteem in comparison to physical health. So, the question is: will Ed Miliband be the fairy Godmother who finally ensures that mental Health patients receive the services that they deserve?


First 100 Days Series: Adapting to a financial revolution

First 100 Days Series.

Finance Network: adapting to a financial revolution.

At the time of the 2010 election, the financial sector was still at a critical point post-crisis. The hoped-for global economic recovery was stuttering, international regulators were drafting a slew of new rules, and fundamental questions were being asked over the social cost of the bank bailout.


States of morality

If there is one question which haunts the hearts of those of us on the left with an interest in international relations it is this: is there a place in foreign affairs for morality? In a field where Bismarkian realpolitik has long reigned supreme, where anarchy and the infamous security dilemma are the ground states of being, does morality matter?