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 protected]
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.
Martin Edobor, our Treasurer, will be heading to Young Labour National Youth Conference on 22nd February.
Joined by Young Labour members and other affiliates from across the country, James and Martin will be explaining about the Young Fabians’ work and how members can get involved.
If you’re going to Bradford as well, come and say hello.
With fewer than 600 days to go until the next general election, now is the time to flesh out our vision for 2015. This is the last chance to really impact the choices of the next Labour government, and we believe that it is important that Young Fabians make their voices heard.
With this in mind, our research project for 2014 is an ideas series on One Nationism – and we’d like you to get involved.
The project will explore Young Fabian perspectives on the 'isms' that are integral to One Nation Labour. Members can apply to become one of five project chairs, looking at one of the following:
Project chairs will lead and coordinate the work of their group, carrying out a variety of research activities to inform the group's thinking. The whole ideas series will feature as a series of chapters in a Young Fabian pamphlet.
We hope lots of members will come forward to take part in the ideas series. It’s a fantastic opportunity to play an active part in the Young Fabians, work with some of Labour’s top thinkers and get your voice heard.
If you have any questions, please get in touch with our Research Officer, Felicity Slater
Young Fabians campaigning team led by Alvin Carpio launched last night with a meeting to define this member-driven programme for the year ahead. There was a great turn out with members with a wide range of campaigning background. If you were not able to make the meeting and would like to take part please get in touch with Alvin.
The Young Fabians will hold a writing workshop with Scarlet Standard blogger Emma Burnell and Left Foot Forward editor James Bloodworth on Monday February 10. This is your opportunity to ask questions about how to write about politics, pitch an article and get published. We'll be encouraging all participants to write for the Young Fabian blog and our journal Anticipations. More info on the event here.
It was the Chinese New Year yesterday, and the Young Fabians kicking off the first in our series of #FabianFriday by having dinner and drinks in London's Chinatown organised by Membership and Partnership Officer Ade Adeyemi. Traditionally, Chinese voters have the lowest turnout for all ethnic groups (Bitish Election Studies, 2005). A dinner at a Chinese restaurant won't change that overnight, but it's a step in the direction of a more diverse Fabian society and Labour movement. Hopefully, the low Chinese voter turnout won't stay that way furlong but as we join the Chinese celebrating the year of the horse, we also wish you a year of prosperity and good luck. Kung Hay Fat Choy!
Later in the year, the Young Fabians will be hosting a Holocaust survivor to offer testimony from one generation to another of the horrific crimes committed by the Nazis. 69 years since the liberation of Auschwitz, we encourage all of our members to take a moment to reflect on the millions of Jews killed on an industrial scale. We remember also the mass murder of the Romani, disabled, homosexuals and all others the Nazis deemed unworthy of life.
The sheer scale of brutality sometimes makes it hard to remember that each victim was an individual with his or her own story. Today, let's honour their memory and never forget.
Executive member, Alex Bjarnason, remembers Istvan Reiner and other victims in this touching piece.