Young Labour (United Kingdom)

Young Labour
Chairperson Caroline Hill
Founded 1993
Preceded by Labour Party Young Socialists
Headquarters London, United Kingdom
Ideology Social democracy
Democratic socialism
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.[1]

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. Before 1993 young people in Labour had been represented by the Labour Party Young Socialists.

Membership fee

Members of the Labour Party aged 14 to 26 are automatically members of Young Labour. The Labour Party membership fee is £1 a year for those aged 14 to 19 and £1 a month (£12 a year) for those aged 20 to 26.[2]


Young Labour National Committee

The Young Labour National Committee acts as the executive of the organisation. It includes a chair, the National Executive Committee 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.[3]

Chair of Young Labour

Between 1991 and 2009 the Chair of Young Labour was appointed by the Labour Party. 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.

Elected chairs of Young Labour

National Executive Committee Youth Rep

Alongside elections for chair, delegates at Young Labour's national conference also elect the Youth Rep to sit on the Labour Party's National Executive Committee. The election operates under an electoral college, with three sections each having one third of the vote. One section is reserved for young member delegates, another for Labour Students delegates, and another for delegates from trade unions and socialist societies.

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 Northern Ireland Young Labour NI


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