ARTIN GILES, the new head of London Labour’s youth wing, pledged to make the organisation “a shock force for socialist advance” after a dramatic victory this weekend.
London Young Labour, which held its annual general meeting on Saturday at University College London, represents thousands of party members under 27, but engagement with the youth movement has often been seen as low.
In a closely fought election for the post of chair, West London teacher Mr Giles, who has been active in Momentum and Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour leadership campaigns, fended off challenger Rania Ramli with 198 votes to 152, a significant turnout increase.
Committee election counts will finish later this week, but a left majority is predicted.
A jubilant Mr Giles told the Morning Star: “We have a huge task ahead, I want to mobilise thousands of members."
He pledged to hold political schools on issues ranging from workplace organising to socialist economics.
Mr Giles said: “London Young Labour can, must and will play a part in getting Jeremy Corbyn into Downing Street.”
The conference was addressed by shadow chancellor John McDonnell following a series of policy debates, which included a call to support tenants’ ballots on regeneration projects, a motion which was ruled out of order last year.
Housing, as well as forthcoming local elections, will be at the top of London Young Labour’s priority list.
The AGM precedes national youth elections this spring that will include a coveted place on Labour’s ruling national executive committee.
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