Tonight’s Young Labour meeting was my last as the rep for the South West.
For those of you who don’t know – I am currently at university studying outside my region. Last year I was able to balance my time – visiting the South West frequently and be based in the region during the holidays – I was able to fulfil my role as the SW rep and focus on my studies. However, numerous things in my life have changed which will mean that I will not be able to do this anymore, which I don’t think will be fair on young members all across the South West.
I believe in the principle that regional reps should be based in their region/available in their region on demand. Although I was in this position last year – I am no longer in the position to do this anymore; therefore I feel that somebody new should take on the position.
I need to focus my time and energy on my degree, personal goals, and helping Labour where I am based most of the year (and that will be near my university and the surrounding areas).
I was incredibly proud to be elected over a year ago – and I’m sure my successor will do an incredible job taking over.
I’d like to thank the Young Labour National Committee for their fantastic work in the party – every single person on that committee is doing an absolutely amazing job – I wish them, and my successor, the best of luck in the future.
Now – the next steps:
To the best of my belief, I believe that the general secretary and youth officer have come to the conclusion that the next SW rep will be elected by the NC to serve on the NC – for those who are interested in standing, send in a short statement to the chair of Young Labour at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The role is a very rewarding one – representing young members all across the SW – I’d highly recommend that young members in the South West put their name forward for the position to be considered by the NC.