James Hallwood travelled to Peterborough local Fabian Society to talk about the important issue of youth engagement with local members.
It follows on from his chapter in How Labour Can Change Britain with the title "Generation Why Labour".
As always, Executive members enjoy meeting our local societies, the backbone of the national Fabian Society, and the discussion had touched on key issues facing young people who are disproportionately suffering due to Coalition policies and successive failures to engage young voters.
A recording of the session can be listened to here.
Joining a panel chaired by Ivana Bartoletti (FWN and Labour MEP candidate) and alongside Patrick Diamond, James Hallwood and Sophie Robson, Chair of the Young Fabians and Finance Network respectively, discussed whether socialism was back.
With an engaged audience and a range of opinions the regional conference was a great success. The session on socialism looked at issues ranging from what it actually means to the new economy and particularly how One Nation fits into Labour's tradition.
A recording of the session can be listened to here.
James Hallwood joined a panel that included a Conservative Police and Crime Commissioner and a Liberal Democrat MEP to face questions from an audience of students, parents and teachers in Leicester.
Questions ranged from the crisis in Crimea to immigration as well as addressing concerns over tuition fees and housing. James’ favourite moment was when someone at the end approached him to say he was normally a Conservative voter but he’d now be voting Labour….a Fabian gradualist approach to winning over one voter at a time!
It's exactly one week away until the launch of the Young Fabians' Campaigns Programme and we've got some good news:
They will join Kirsty McNeill and Marcus Roberts to explore how we can build a culture of campaigning in the Young Fabians and officially launch our Campaigns Programme.
Make sure to join us next Wednesday, 12 March, 6.30-8pm in the Fabian Society HQ - this event is not to be missed!
(Note: this event will be filmed. Refreshments will also be served.)
If you haven't already done so, please register here.
Twitter hashtag: #YFCampaigns
Harrow Fabians hosted Executive members, James Hallwood and Adebusuyi Adeyemi, for a talk on ‘public sector patriotism and the NHS’.
The local Fabian groups are the backbone of the national Fabian Society and James and Ade received a warm welcome, challenging questions and some excellent insights from the local members.
It was particularly welcome to see Harrow Fabian co-chairs John and June Solomon at the event. John and June have been married for 55 years and first met at a Fabian tea dance in the 1960s. In his 90s, John still has very strong opinions on the Labour Party and James and Ade enjoyed hearing wise words from a man who has spent much of his life in the Fabian Society.
The issue of patriotism and One Nation is being addressed by our Ideas Series. It’s something that Labour is increasingly looking at reclaiming from the Right so it was a pleasure for James and Ade to get to explore the issues surrounding the topic with local members.
On Wednesday 22 January 2014, the Young Fabians organised a panel discussion on the attitudes of young people towards the EU. The event was kindly supported by the European Commission Representation in the UK and hosted at Europe House. The cross party panel featured Oliver Cooper (Chair, Conservative Future), Conor McKenzie (Events Officer, Liberal Youth), Professor Scobie (Chairman, European Economics & Financial Centre), Jack Storry (International Officer, Young Labour) and was chaired by the Young Fabian’s Research Officer Felicity Slater. The topics discussed included whether the EU in its current form was able to deliver for young people, how European youth unemployment could be tackled and what specific initiatives could help to increase the voter turnout of young people at European elections.
The event was followed by a reception.
The event was kindly supported by the European Commission in the UK.
On January 28th, the Young Fabian Finance Network played host to a lively panel discussion and floor debate at Portcullis House on socially responsible investment (SRI) and the role it should play in pension scheme allocation of their stakeholder assets.
Vice Chair of the Finance Network, Sophia Morrell, chaired the session of representatives from industry and government:
Dame Anne Begg MP, the Labour MP for Aberdeen South since 1997, who currently chairs the Work and Pensions Select Committee, of which she has been a member since 2001,
David Clarke, Policy Adviser, Share Action, the movement for responsible investing
Will Andrews Tipper, head of sustainable business for the Green Alliance, an influential environmental think tank.
Phineas Glover, Policy Adviser in the Investment Affairs directorate, Association of British Insurers,
Will Pomroy, Lead Policy Adviser on corporate governance at the National Association of Pensions Funds.
The discussion covered multiple aspects of how SRI has evolved in recent years and the appetite for a new generation of stakeholders to take greater interest in the ethical credibility of their pension provisions. For a fuller exploration of the issues raised, click here to read a blog on the debate.
Once again, thanks to all our speakers for attending and contributing their thoughts and insight.
If you are interested in joining the Young Fabian Finance Network or would like to hear more about our events and activities, please email Sophie Robson, Chair, at email@example.com.
In our last poll, 96% of supporters were in favour of the European Union with almost half supporting further integration with the bloc.
Our Chair, James Hallwood, is delighted to be speaking at the Labour: Coast and Country conference on 22nd February in Ipswich.
Joining a panel that includes Jack Abbott, PPC for Central Suffolk and Matthew Percy, YMP for Suffolk, James will be speaking on the topic of Rural Youth, Education and Aspiration.
If you are interested in attending, a full agenda and tickets are available here.