Today the Young Fabians launch the digital pamphlet, Fifteen for 2015, profiling members of Labour's next generation.
Inside the pamphlet you can read detailed interviews with fifteen Labour Prospective Parliamentary Candidates (PPCs) and delve into personalised fact files to discover more about those who seek your vote on May 7.
Each day from April 21 to May 6, one interview will feature on the Anticipations blog as a standalone article allowing members to get up close and personal with some of Labour's future stars.
This editorial project was developed by a group of Young Fabians members and commissioned by the Executive Committee in January 2014.
The editors would like to thank Iain McNicol, General Secretary of the Labour Party, for writing the foreword, as well as contributors Joe Jervis, Ollie MacArthur, and Rishi Patel.
The editors also extend their thanks to each of the fifteen candidates who took part, and wish them all the best of luck on election day.
The Young Fabians Fifteen for 2015:
- Amina Lone- Morecambe and Lunesdale
- Jo Stevens- Cardiff Central
- James Frith- Bury North
- Steve Race- East Devon
- Amanjit Jhund- East Dunbartonshire
- Rowenna Davis- Southampton Itchen
- Emily Brothers- Sutton and Cheam
- Veronica King- Elmet and Rothwell
- Rupa Huq- Ealing Central and Acton
- Ollie Middleton- Bath
- Will Martingdale- Battersea
- Lisa Forbes- Peterborough
- Wes Streeting- Ilford North
- Jess Asato- Norwich North
- Melanie Onn- Great Grimsby
On 18 and 19 April we turned up in large numbers in four London target seats to support four brilliant Labour candidates across the capital. Over the weekend we supported Catherine West, Neil Coyle, Ruth Cadbury and Dawn Butler.
Essex and the North West
The London Marathon followed a number of other campaign days as we work hard to secure a Labour victory. In February we headed to Harlow in Essex to support the excellent Suzy Stride to support her bid to unseat Robert Halfon.
In March we headed to the North West to campaign with four great key Labour candidates. On the Saturday we supported Nick Bent in Warrington South, Julia Tickridge in Weaver Vale and finished off with Chris Matheson in City of Chester and were delighted to be joined by Teresa Griffin MEP.
The following day we were were joined by Labour Students and Co-operative Youth to back Jeff Smith in Manchester Withington.
But perhaps the biggest of the lot was the bid to kick Nick Clegg out of Sheffield Hallam. On 7 March Young Fabians joined forces with Labour Students and local activists to support Oliver Coppard’s campaign drive and, with Lord Ashcroft’s latest polls showing Labour ahead in Clegg’s constituency, #KickNickOut could yet prove to be one of the defining moments of the 2015 election.
This significant level of youth support reflected Clegg’s infamous broken promise on tuition fees and his support for a Conservative-led coalition that scraped EMA and introduced the bedroom tax. It also reflects Coppard’s dedicated work on behalf of local young people, including his petition for local estate agents to scrap letting fees.
Oliver Coppard, Labour candidate for Sheffield Hallam, was in confident mood. Ahead of the campaigning day he said:
"I'm really pleased that the Young Fabians are coming up to Sheffield to support us, and that we're getting such significant support from young people from across the country. Young people and students have been let down more than perhaps any other group by this government. It's not only the scrapping of EMA, the spiralling cost of housing or the huge number of young people who are unemployed, it's the wider sense that this government is ignoring the needs of young people.
“Nick Clegg's decision to treble fees has been fundamental to the loss of faith in politicians of all stripes. That's why I'm putting young people at the heart of our campaign and why I'm so committed to working on behalf of the 12,000 students who live in Hallam if I'm elected in May."
As one of the closest elections in recent years enters it's final week, the Young Fabians are delighted to announce that a delegation from the Swedish Social Democratic Youth League (SSU) will be joining us to in the final leg of campaigning in the capital.
They will be out in Bermondsey on Tuesday morning, and then at the G.O.T.V operations in Ilford North followed by Hampstead and Kilburn on Polling Day. They will also be attending the YF/LYL election night party on Thursday night/Friday morning.
Young Fabian members are encouraged to come to join the delegation at any of these campaigns.
If you have any questions about their visit, please contact Young Fabian International Network Secretary, Nathaneal Amos-Sansam at 07958146118, or at [email protected]
On March 28th and 29th, the Young Fabians held a National Campaign Day in the North West region. The organisation set out to support four battleground seats in the General Election for Labour. We were joined on the Saturday by Theresa Griffin MEP, and Labour Students and Co-operative Party Youth on Sunday.
The organisation supported Nick Bent in Warrington South, Julia Tickridge in Weaver Vale, Chris Matheson in the City of Chester and Jeff Smith in Manchester Withington.
Young Fabians publish new pamphlet on the future of UK-China relations
On February 19th, Chinese New Year, the Young Fabians published China-Ready: Equipping Britain for an Asian Future, a collection of essays co-edited by Joel Mullan and Adam Tyndall.
With one sixth of the global population and the largest economy in the world by purchasing power parity, the rise of China will inevitably have real impacts on Britain. How we respond to it will shape our national prosperity and the opportunities available to each and every one of us.
China-Ready brings together perspectives from seven Young Fabian members on what the UK can do to position itself to maximise the opportunities that will arise from this shift. It argues that our relationship with China must move beyond the transactional one that has been pursued by the current government and looks to identify some win-wins for both countries.
It calls for greater co-ordination in our relationship with China both across government and with our European partners, and looks at the opportunities available to us in education, energy, international development and trade and investment. It also considers what obligations, if any, we have to Hong Kong.
The China Programme is continuing this year under the auspices of the YF International Network.
Email [email protected] for further information on how to get involved.
The Young Fabians are proud to announce a new opportunity for members. The Executive Committee is looking for more expertise to join us. These co-opted officers will have the opportunity to contribute directly into our plans for this year and help develop our membership community.
This year is an especially exciting year for the Young Fabians. The Executive Committee is leading on re-focusing our organisation as one truly community-led - with our events and projects created by members for members.
The role of the Executive Committee is now one of supporting and encouraging members to step forwards to take the lead up and down the country: bringing members together to write policy pamphlets, lead on topical and social events as well as get involved with partner organisations abroad. These opportunities we encourage you to make the most of.
On January 10th, our Leadership Day in London was attended by overwhelming number of members from across the country, with ideas for member-led projects developed and our special-interest networks in Finance, Health, International Affairs, Communications Industry and Education beginning the new year in earnest.
The Young Fabians would like members to consider putting their name forward for our Executive co-options, and play a greater part to build and develop our community this year. The ideal candidate will be someone who
- Wants a flexible position to develop our community in-line with our new focus.
- Can make a commitment of a monthly meeting in London (alternating weekend and weekday with expenses from out of London covered) and time beyond that to implement our plans for the year and encourage and mentor member-led projects across our community (training provided).
- Is a member of Young Fabians, with preference to Women, BAME, LGBT and those out of London.
- Ideally has prior experience contributing or leading projects within the Young Fabians.
As a reminder, these particular roles are to help support our national strategy and governance, and not for specific projects, event series, or want to set up another initiative for benefit of the membership. If you want to pursue any of these instead, the Executive Committee would like to help you make it happen at anytime during the year.
The deadline for applications 12:00 on Tuesday 3 February 2015.
Last Saturday the Young Fabians hosted a new kick off event for active members of the community. The Young Fabians Leadership Day aimed to deliver training, networking and an environment to generate ideas for member-led projects this coming year. The event was attended by over fifty Young Fabians from across the country who attended at the Fabian Society HQ, London.
Sessions were run on event, editorial and research development, along with a dedicated session on campaigns and AGMs for the five Young Fabian Networks. Additional training sessions were put for specific interests and expertise. Members met one another through group workshops that led to generating ideas for projects.
The Young Fabian constitution allows the elected Executive to co-opt up to 5 officers to fill skills gaps and take up portfolios for the year ahead.
We had some excellent applications and after a very hard set of decisions the Executive unanimously appointed the following officers:
- Stephanie Akomeah - Under 20’s Officer
- Alex Bjarnason - Skills Officer
- Prasanna Kannan - Fundraising Officer
- Vicki Dabrowski - Equalities Officer
All three are welcome additions to the Young Fabian Executive and we look forward to you meeting them over the coming year.
Our Christmas social and food bank collection was a huge success; with a great turnout, ten big bags of food collected for the local food bank and, of course, the wonderful Caroline Flint.
Caroline spoke about the importance of the Young Fabian contribution to the Labour Movement and met attendees who later took part in a festive Secret Santa raffle and our Chair’s very own version of the 12 Days of Christmas.
It was a great opportunity to meet Young Fabians from across the country and pool together to help make the Christmases of local families that bit easier.
The Young Fabians Executive Committee met for the first time at the annual strategy meeting. Along with training for the new Executive team, the day focused on developing the plans and major objectives for 2014/2015.
This year the organisation is changing how it works with the Executive Committee focusing on community leadership and strategic objectives for the organisation such as members development and financing, while events, editorial and research projects will be developed by and led by active Young Fabian members.
This engagement will begin with the announcement of the Young Fabians Leadership Day on Saturday 10th January 2015. This day is open for all Young Fabians who are interested in leading projects to come along to, learn how to engage with the organisation and will also serve as the Annual General Meetings of the Young Fabian Networks.