Observations from Labour Party conference 2011

Last week I attended Labour Party conference 2011 for the first time.

One thing that I was moved by was by how far the Young Labour movement had come and is progressing. The Labour Party is the natural home for young people and the Party has recognised the importance of young people and the role they play in the Party.

In Refounding Labour, the Party has given Young Labour the power of an affiliate vote so that in future leadership and deputy leadership elections, Young Labour will be able to nominate a candidate as an autonomous group.

At a Young Labour fringe meeting, Ed Balls also revealed that one in four members of the Labour Party were under 27! The Tory equivalent, ie. one year after they lost the 1997 election, the average age of their party was nearly 70!

I was also delighted with the amount of very young Councillors that Labour has. I thought I was young when I was elected at the age of 24 last year; but I was meeting Councillors in their teens!

The future’s bright, bright red, the future’s Labour!

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