Fifteen for 2015: Breaking down the barriers

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.

 


Fifteen for 2015: Socialist of the South West

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.


Fifteen for 2015: The local touch

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%.


Are young people not interested or do they just need to Ask Amy?

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.


Fifteen for 2015: The Young Pretender

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.


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.