“It is not seemly for you to mourn, it is not seemly for you to delay. You have received a legacy soaked in the heart’s blood of your brothers. The pregnant deed waits for you.”
Hannah Blythe and Callum Totten
As part of our bid to secure a Labour victory the Young Fabians recently held a ‘London Marathon’ session – campaigning in four seats over one weekend.
Canvassing is not just an opportunity to win Labour votes – it’s a chance to listen to people, be challenged and to understand what people want from their MPs. The marathon allowed us to share these conversations with fellow Fabians, other activists, parliamentary candidates and Labour councillors.
I have been enthralled by British politics for as long as I remember, but my involvement until recently has been limited. I have been a Labour Party member for three years, but I have been somewhat of an armchair supporter. This all changed, however, when the Labour Party came calling at my door a couple of months ago and asked if I wanted to help out.
Wes Streeting is one of the Prospective Parliamentary Candidates (PPCs) profiled in the new Young Fabians pamphlet 'Fifteen for 2015'. You can read the pamphlet here.
In politics, is it where you’ve come from or where you’re going that counts? Too often politicians are judged or even dismissed out of hand for coming from a certain background. Those that don’t fit the mould ‘don’t have what it takes’ to succeed in the cut-throat world of Westminster, say the doubters, and should stay on the side lines.
Jo Stevens is one of the Prospective Parliamentary Candidates (PPCs) profiled in the new Young Fabians pamphlet 'Fifteen for 2015'. You can read the pamphlet here.
Jo Stevens has a taste for campaigning. I ask her how she musters up the energy to go canvassing door-to-door in her constituency of Cardiff Central day in, day out, and the answer surprises me. “I get adrenaline from it, I enjoy it,” she says. This enthusiasm is reflected in her team’s voter contact rate. Jo claims the local party has talked to 13,000 people in Cardiff in the first three months of 2015 alone, and that many residents are being doorstepped for the third or even fourth time in the final push towards May 7.
Steve Race is one of the Prospective Parliamentary Candidates (PPCs) profiled in the new Young Fabians pamphlet 'Fifteen for 2015'. You can read the pamphlet here.
Few MPs deserve to be kicked out of parliament more than Hugo Swire. The Conservative representative for East Devon was recently caught on camera by Channel 4’s Dispatches programme joking that benefit claimants could afford to donate thousands of pounds to the Tory party at a glamourous fundraising ball attended by some of the wealthiest people in Britain.
Melanie Onn is one of the Prospective Parliamentary Candidates (PPCs) profiled in the new Young Fabians pamphlet 'Fifteen for 2015'. You can read the pamphlet here.
Grimsby is coming back. At its peak in the 1950s it was the biggest and busiest fishing port in the world. In the decades since it has experienced a slow decline as the forces of globalisation and economic change conspired to gut traditional industries. In April 2014, the town was named a youth unemployment blackspot by The Work Foundation with a jobless rate for 16-24 year olds of 25%.
Political disengagement amongst young people has been a problem for a while. In a post-expenses, post-Savile, post-phone hacking age, many established institutions are mistrusted, political parties most of all. Even the Lib Dems, who rode into coalition on the young vote, are in the doghouse after abandoning their tuition fees pledge. Younger people are incredibly interested in political issues and are hungry to find out more. Sadly, many don’t because they’re scared of asking the wrong thing or looking stupid – no surprise given the combative nature of UK politics. It’s really important to address those fears head on, which is why I hope Ask Amy can be a useful tool to hundreds of young people across the country in the run up to the general election.
Ollie Middleton is one of the Prospective Parliamentary Candidates (PPCs) profiled in the new Young Fabians pamphlet 'Fifteen for 2015'. You can read the pamphlet here.
Labour is a party that speaks to all generations. After all, the triumph of progress over reaction can only be secured by people of all ages, races, and backgrounds pulling together as one. It is therefore inspiring to see so many young Labour candidates standing for parliament this year engaging and organising their peers in the cause of a better society.
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.
“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.
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.