My Year as a Labour Student

Coming to University can be daunting but becoming part of Labour Students is a good way to make friends, have great experiences, have fun at socials and learn more about Labour. 

Hello everyone, my name is Lydia and I’m a Leeds University Labour student.

In a year that has been very interesting for the Labour Party and British politics as a whole, Labour Students has been an incredibly fun and inviting organisation to be part of. It's been a great part of my university experience so far and I've thoroughly enjoyed it. Meeting likeminded individuals who share my values has been great! Whether you've just joined the party or have been a member for a while, this is a great way to learn and experience more of the Labour Party. I've met some fantastic people and it's given me experiences I'm so grateful for.

I really hoped to gain experience in campaigning this year and through Labour Students I've been able to do just that. From leafleting and door knocking during the local elections in Leeds, campaigning during the EU referendum around the country to campaigning for Labour Students at the National Union of Students Conference in Brighton, being part of Labour Students means you're never short of opportunities.

Since September, I’ve been to lots of events like Labour Students and Young Labour Conferences and I've met so many great politicians and activists including Hilary Benn, Rachel Reeves, Sadiq Khan and Jeremy Corbyn.

Labour Students says that ‘liberation is at its heart’. There's always room for improvement but one thing I've absolutely loved about Labour Students are the caucuses. If you belong to liberation groups like myself, whether you identify as BAME, a woman, LGBT or disabled, there will always be a safe space for you. It's one my favourite parts of being involved in the organisation and you get to meet some fantastic people. I'm really looking forward to what this year has to bring for Labour Students and liberation.

As a result of my positive experience I decided to stand as internal campaigns and BAME liberation officer at Leeds and I won! I'm really looking forward to the year ahead in both Labour Students and the Party.

Coming to University can be daunting: leaving home, moving to a new city and meeting new people can be difficult, but joining your university Labour society and becoming part of Labour Students is a good way to make friends, have great experiences, have fun at socials and learn more about Labour.

I look forward to meeting you at some of our events this year!

Lydia, Leeds University Labour society

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