The Labour Party has a significantly greater number of younger members than all other parties and this increased greatly after the election of Jeremy Corbyn as leader. In Penrith & The Border just over 10% of our membership are within the ‘youth’ age range of 14 to 26 years. At the 2017 general election over 60% of under 30s eligible to vote voted Labour.
Young people face a range of challenges and hardships from the huge problem of finding a good job that offers something more than a minimum wage on a zero-hours contract. This may be the first generation that will be worse off than their parents. Many young people will carry the burden of debt, which begins with owing exorbitant tuition fees made much worse with the spiralling costs of housing and accommodation. However, there is cause to keep hope for a brighter future: Labour is winning the arguments and the younger members are increasing in numbers and influence.
On the other hand, in 2017 the Tory Party received twice as much money from dead supporters than they did from the living members receiving around £1.7 million from legacy payments. Surely proof that the Tories are a zombie party with an ever increasing reliance on the old and the dead. Happily, the opposite is happening in Labour. As of March 2018, there were 124,000 Conservative members while Labour boasted 552,000 members.
The Labour Party offers a real alternative to austerity and young people have been inspired by Labour’s transformative vision of a country ruling for the many and are getting behind the democratic socialist agenda.
Young people are vital to the growth and future of the Labour Party. We encourage young people to get involved, share their thoughts on the issues that matter to them and use their skills to help shape the Labour Party of the future.
If you’d like to make contact or know more about Labour and young people in the constituency, get in touch with Will Melling or Joseph Kelly who are our youth officers. At the moment the are contactable by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
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