Young Labour (United Kingdom)

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Young Labour
Chairperson Miriam Mirwitch[1]
Founded 1993
Preceded by Labour Party Young Socialists
Headquarters London, United Kingdom
Ideology Social democracy
Democratic socialism
Colours Pink, Purple
Mother party Labour Party
International affiliation International Union of Socialist Youth (IUSY)
European affiliation Young European Socialists (YES)

Young Labour is the youth section of the UK Labour Party. Membership is automatic for Labour Party members aged 14 to 26.[2]

It exists to involve young people in the Labour Party and ensure that the aspirations of young people are reflected in Labour’s policies in power. Young Labour members are able to get involved in the Labour Party through local policy events, campaigning or by attending events and social gatherings.

Young Labour hosts an annual conference, alternating between national committee elections and policy conferences every other year. Young Labour also holds a range of additional national events, including fringe sessions at the Labour Party's annual conference.

Young Labour is affiliated to both the International Union of Socialist Youth (IUSY) and Young European Socialists (YES).


Young Labour was founded in 1993 by a Labour Party annual conference motion in Brighton, proposed by Tom Watson, seconded by Brian Whitington, then Chair of the Labour Party Young Socialists, and supported by then National Executive Committee Youth Representative Claire Ward.[citation needed] Before 1993 young people in Labour had been represented by the Labour Party Young Socialists.

In October 2017 Young Labour's annual conference called for banks to be publicly owned, and for Britain to withdraw from NATO, and described US President Donald Trump as a "fascist".[3]

Membership fee

Members of the Labour Party aged 14 to 26 are automatically members of Young Labour.[4]


Young Labour National Committee

The Young Labour National Committee acts as the executive of the organisation. It includes a chair, the National Executive Committee (NEC) youth rep, an international officer, five liberation officers, two ordinary reps, five trade union reps, three Labour Students reps, and 11 regional reps. In addition, the Labour Party appoints a permanent secretary to act as facilitator, National Policy Forum youth reps appoint a vice chair (policy), and the youth wings of affiliated organisations, such as the Co-operative Party and the Fabian Society, are able to appoint a representative.[5]

Chair of Young Labour

Between 1991 and 2009 the Chair of Young Labour was appointed by the Labour Party.[citation needed] Reforms passed by the Labour Party's annual conference saw the creation of a democratically elected chair, voted for by delegates at Young Labour's national conference, to serve a two-year term. The first election took place in 2009.[citation needed] In late 2017 the Labour Party's NEC changed the system so that the Chair of Young Labour is elected by a one-member-one-vote ballot of young members.[6] It was reported that over 7,000 young members voted in the 2018 election.[1]

Elected chairs of Young Labour

  • 2009–11, Sam Tarry[7]
  • 2011–13, Susan Nash[8]
  • 2013–16, Simon Darvill[9][10]
  • 2016–18, Caroline Hill[11]
  • 2018–, Miriam Mirwitch[1]

National Executive Committee Youth Rep

Delegates at Young Labour's national conference also elected the Youth Rep to sit on the Labour Party's NEC. The election operated under an electoral college, with a third of the vote for young member delegates, a third for Labour Students delegates, and a third for delegates from affiliated trade unions and socialist societies.

For the 2018 election, the system was changed, with half of the vote allocated to young members through a one-member-one-vote ballot and half allocated to block votes by affiliated trade unions and socialist societies.[6]

Local groups

Young Labour groups exist at a local, regional, or national level supporting the activity of the wider Labour Party and feeding in to Young Labour through its national committee.

The national groups are

 Scotland Scottish Young Labour

 Wales Welsh Young Labour

 Northern Ireland Young Labour NI

See also


  1. ^ a b c "Miriam Mirwitch elected as Young Labour Chair". Labour List. 16 March 2018. Retrieved 25 March 2018. 
  2. ^ "Splash - Official Labour Organisation Sites". Retrieved 2015-07-27. 
  3. ^ Fisher, Lucy (2017-10-16). "Young Labour Calls for Nato Withdrawal". The Times. Retrieved 2017-10-16. 
  4. ^ "Labour Join Donate Renew". Retrieved 2015-07-27. 
  5. ^ "Young Labour National Committee 2013-15 - Labour Youth". Retrieved 2015-07-27. 
  6. ^ a b "Jeremy Corbyn allies accused of 'stitch up' after changing election rules for key committee post". The Independent. 1 December 2017. Retrieved 17 March 2018. 
  7. ^ "Sam Tarry becomes chair of Young Labour « Birmingham University Labour Students". 2009-04-18. Retrieved 2015-07-27. 
  8. ^ "Youth Conference, February 2011". 2013-12-03. Retrieved 2016-09-20. 
  9. ^ a b [1]
  10. ^ "Youth Elections 2013: The Results". Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 2 December 2013. 
  11. ^ "Young Labour on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2016-03-01. 
  12. ^ "The young idealist who took on the old hand". Telegraph. 2001-03-16. Retrieved 2015-07-27. 
  13. ^ "Chocoholic with the willpower to stay on-message". Telegraph. 2001-06-06. Retrieved 2015-07-27. 
  14. ^ "Loughborough University Institutional Repository : Panelism in Action" (PDF). Retrieved 2015-07-28. 
  15. ^ "The big squeeze (From Herald Scotland)". Retrieved 2015-07-27. 
  16. ^ "Inside Labour's Bermuda Triangle". Socialist Party. Retrieved 2015-07-27. 
  17. ^ Claire McCarthy. "Speaking from the heart | Politics". The Guardian. Retrieved 2015-07-27. 
  18. ^ Claire McCarthy. "A thoroughly modern conference | Politics". The Guardian. Retrieved 2015-07-27. 
  19. ^ "The young ones | Progress | News and debate from the progressive community". 2002-06-06. Retrieved 2015-07-27. 
  20. ^ "nec_march2001". 2001-03-27. Retrieved 2015-07-27. 
  21. ^ "About me". 2014-03-26. Retrieved 2015-07-27. 
  22. ^ Anderson, Joe (2012-01-26). "Jonathan Reynolds MP announced as the new Vice Chair Youth". LabourList. Retrieved 2015-07-27. 
  23. ^ "Young Labour at the heart of the fightback « Labour Uncut". 2011-02-11. Retrieved 2015-07-27. 
  24. ^ Anderson, Joe (2011-02-12). "Young Labour conference 2011: Liveblog". LabourList. Retrieved 2015-07-27. 
  25. ^ "Young Labour on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2016-03-01. 

External links

  • Official website
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