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Volume 10, Issue 1

Banking Reforms

With the impending reforms to the Banking sector, the Young Fabians analyse the plans to reform the banking sector with Rachel Reeves MP, Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury.

Budget 2012

The New Generation

Half a century since founding, and the Young Fabians are still growing – in numbers and in influence. Britain’s most active progressive organisation run by and for young people epitomises the new generation so important to Labour’s future.

Hundreds of Young Fabian members signed up to participate in four innovative policy development groups in the months since Labour’s defeat at the polls in 2010.

Published here together are four essays presenting the ideas from these groups - on education, work, families, development, energy, and the economy. And on much-needed reform of the Labour Party.

This pamphlet presents new ideas for a new leader of the Labour Party – but also for the whole movement.

The new generation is ready and able.

"For 50 years, the Young Fabians have played a crucial role in developing new policies for the Labour Party. More than ever before their fresh ideas and clear thinking will be important to creating the politics of the new generation."

- Rt Hon Ed Miliband MP, Leader of the Labour Party

Understanding the Middle East Conflict

e world continues to watch with awe and anxiety as countries throughout the Middle East are throwing off the burdens of suppression and dictatorship. As Colonel Gaddafi’s Libya has become a regime of the past, the consequences of the Arab Spring remain hard to predict. The momentous change in the region is already altering the dynamics of the Arab-Israeli conflict.

Throughout 2011, the Young Fabians Middle East Programme has looked at this complex conflict from a range of angles. At several panel discussions, we have discussed Gaza’s future after the revolution in Egypt, pondered about the role of international stakeholders in the region and debated the challenge of dealing with Iran.

The highlight of the programme was a trip to Israel and Palestine, on which twelve Young Fabian delegates went in early September. For one week, we met with NGOs, politicians and campaigners for both sides. A short video of the trip is also available below. This pamphlet brings together their impressions and experiences and the lessons each delegate has drawn from the trip. We hope to encourage more people to learn, and try to visit the region themselves as it seeks to replace conflict with peace.

“Understanding the Middle East conflict – reflections of a Young Fabian delegation” was launched on Monday, 31st October at 7pm in Portcullis House in a packed Thatcher Room. Guest speakers were John Woodcock MP (Chair, LFI), Richard Burden MP (Vice-Chair, Labour Friends of Palestine), Toby Greene (BICOM) and Shazia Yamin (member of the delegation).

Women's Issues

Edited by Claire Leigh and Marie-Noëlle Loewe, with a foreword by Oona King.

Women's Issues is the inaugural pamphlet from Young Fabian Women, the feminist branch of the Young Fabians, and provides four of our most inspiring members with a platform to write about some of the key policy issues of our time, including the impact of cuts on young people, UK defence policy and party reform. Offering new insights and ideas on issues which have been dominated by male voices, it's clear Young Fabian Women have a lot to say. It's time we started listening.

As part of Equalities Month 2011 the pamphlet is available below and to download here.

Ambitions For Britain's Future

On Monday 21 November 2011 the Young Fabian flagship pamphlet, "Ambitions for Britain's Future" was launched by Rt Hon Liam Bryne MP, Brian Duggan, Sara Ibrahim and Mark Protherough (ICAEW) at the Chartered Accountants Hall, London.

This pamphlet is the culmination of a policy process involving hundreds of Young Fabian members and set out new ideas for Labour to champion. These policy initiatives are being offered amidst a difficult fiscal climate and so it is all the more important for politics and for Young Fabians to be ambitious for Britain's future.

Over the past few months, Young Fabian members had worked to set out areas where Labour can develop new ideas in opposition. We come upon two major threads, firstly, that politics today, across the world, seems to be struggling to assert itself against the tides of economic change and in a time when democratic politics seems to fail to deliver for people, we need to be ambitious for politics. The second thread that runs through the work of our policy commissions is a growing sense of unease about the future of our own generation. Too many young people, who are well skilled and ambitious, see their potential go to waste. Too many young people spend years working hard only to reach the end of their education or training and find poor quality or even no work. As Young Fabians, we need to be ambitious for Britain's future.

For all of us, Labour losing power in the 2010 General Election will be a defining moment in our political lives, but it is also our coming of age. It is time to step up the plate. Opposition is a not a time to be complacent, it is a time to be ambitious. We hope you enjoy the pamphlet and we hope that you will work with us to fulfil our ambitions for Britain's future.

Generation Crisis

Published December 2012 

Edited by Claire Leigh and Joel Mullan

Foreword by Stella Creasy MP

With chapters by Tasmia Akkas, Jamie Audsley, Tobin Byers, Stephen Farrington, Mary Hill, Jonny Medland, Charlie Samuda and Sarah Shannon. 

The next generation are facing big challenges. For the last two years, young people have been at the sharp end of this Coalition auster¬ity programme, yet even without the choices made by the current Government, this is a generation under increasing pressure from social, environmental and economic change as never before.  For the first time in a hundred years, the British promise, the expectation that children will have more opportunities than their parents, is at risk. 

This pamphlet brings together a set of responses to these challenges which Labour should explore. Each chapter stems from a policy process involving Young Fabian members, politicians, academics, business and community leaders, charity workers and young people.  

Through this collection the Young Fabians hope to provide an insight into how young people themselves view the challenges facing them, and set out some of the best and most exciting ideas emerging from discussions.


Published September 2013

Edited by Dan Wilson Craw and Dr Martin Edobor

Foreword by Jamie Reed MP

With chapters by Samuel Conway, Dan Wilson Craw, Dr Damita Abarayatne, Kwaku Adjei, Lauren Milden and Dr Martin Edobor, and Adebusuyi Adeyemi

With increasing demands on the NHS from an ageing population, cuts to frontline services and an estimated 800,000 older people in England currently not receiving the care they need, Britain faces a growing crisis in health and social care. This pamphlet is the culmination of our health service and social care reform series, involving Young Fabian Members. We’ve held meetings with Shadow Ministers, MPs, community stakeholders and health care workers.

What should Labour consider doing about 'health' after the 2015 elections? 'Whole person care' is Labour's Big idea and the concept has gained wide support among health professionals, policy experts, campaigners and political advocates but questions remain how to turn it from an idea into a credible government initiative. How do we answer these questions? Is there a Young Fabians pamphlet that answers this and brings together burgeoning experts to explores the issues?

Well yes! The Young Fabians Health Network have published a pamphlet, “Irreversible? Health and social care policy in a post-Coalition landscape”, which looks at the impact of the Coalition government and identifies where Labour should pick its battles should it form a government in 2015. The collection of six essays explore the themes of demographic change, public versus private provision, organisational change, preventive medicine, funding of elderly care and measuring the quality of healthcare.

The authors of the six essays are all Young Fabians, with backgrounds in medicine, social care and health policy. Shadow Health Minister Jamie Reed MP and many within the healthcare arena like Kings Fund have recognised the pamphlet, but we think more people should be able to discover it. The pamphlet was launched earlier this year under a limited run, but with your help, we could bring these great progressive and left-leaning ideas to the wider audience it deserves. Please click on the link below to donate.  

Bridging the Policy Gap: Big Ideas for the Next Labour Government

Edited by Joel Mullan

Foreword by Billy Hayes, General Secretary, CWU.

With chapters by Charles Malissard, Ian Tennant, Charlie Samuda, Richard Bell, Alvin Carpio, Felicity Slater and Jack Storry.

In March 2013, with the next General Election firmly on the political horizon the Young Fabians challenged its members to come with a set of policy proposals for a future Labour government to explore. This pamphlet, which draws on a policy process involving scores of Young Fabian members, politicians, businesses and community organisations, is the result.

Our underlying premise is that British politics needs big ideas, which will both position Britain for the future and mobilise the electorate. The government taking office in Spring 2015 will have to get to grips with a multitude of longer term domestic and global policy challenges: the implications of an ageing population, greater uncertainty around the UK’s energy supply and the growing importance of the emerging economies. These challenges cannot be tackled by tinkering around the edges.

In a series of four essays, our authors call for boldness: a manifesto which offers more than managed decline, but appeals directly to the hopes and aspirations of the British people.

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