Only about one in twenty UK party members is between 18-24 years of age. However Labour has a far greater number of younger members than other parties and this is on the increase since the election of Jeremy Corbyn as leader. In the 2017 general election over 60% of under 30s elegible to vote – voted Labour.
Today’s young people face a range of hardships from the scarcity of work to the repayment of education fees and the spiralling cost of accommodation. Many have become despondent – unconvinced that politics can offer a brighter future. But as the Labour Party comes to offer a real alternative to austerity – younger people are becoming interested in its policies.
Youth are vital to the growth of the Labour Party. They are the activists of the future, so empowering young people in our constituency to be engaged is very important. 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.
We are currently developing a young labour group in Hexham for members and supporters aged 14-26. The aim of the group is to encourage and empower young members to be politically active and engaged within the party and beyond. We meet monthly for informal discussions on issues from local school closures to the NHS.
If you’d like to make contact or know more about Labour and young people in the constituency – get in touch with Holly who is our youth officer at firstname.lastname@example.org