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Dear member,

Our Living Wage campaign has been growing from strength to strength with over 40 Labour Clubs across the UK actively engaging with the campaign. We keep getting news of wins coming through: in just the last few weeks Edinburgh University Labour Club have successfully won a referendum vote to pay the Living Wage at their Student's Association and York have also passed policy supporting the campaign in their Students' Union.

How is the campaign going on your campus? Let us know!

Have you seen our video yet from National Living Wage Week? Click on the image below to watch.

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Let's win a living wage, together. 

Emma, Lauren and Teddy

MOVEMENT FOR CHANGE TRAINING FOR YOUR CLUB

Movement for Change will be working to support Labour Students' Living Wage campaign. They will provide on the ground training for your club, click below to request M4C come to your club.

YORK



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RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO START OR GROW YOUR LIVING WAGE CAMPAIGN

On our website you'll find a wealth of resources to start or grow your Living Wage Campaign. There's a briefing on "Five Steps to Securing a Living Wage", we can post you posters or you can download them here, there's two videos you can use, and lots more all at www.labourstudents.org.uk/livingwage.

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Dear member,

We hope that the exam season is going well for you all! We are now reaching the end of the academic year for most students but we still have a few updates for you.

It's been a busy time for Labour Students nationally, and across the UK. This month thousands of you took to the #labourdoorstep to campaign for Labour candidates. We've campaigned successfully at NUS Conference with results on the right hand side, and held a successful fundraising dinner that allows us to expand our campaigning efforts in the important year before the General Election.

In this email you can find information about successful campaigning; through elections and the Living Wage, you can find out how to get more BAME students involved in your club and information about the Friends of Labour Students Network.
We'll be in touch again soon,

Emma, Lauren and Teddy

If you're about to leave Labour Students... consider becoming a Friend! We rely on the donations of our Friends. Donations will mean that we are able to campaign in more key seats, to win a living wage in more places and develop more activists ahead of 2015. If you don't already give, please consider pledging a monthly donation to friends of Labour Students. Just go to labourstudents.org.uk/beourfriend.

YOUNG, BAME AND PROBABLY LABOUR

Our BAME officer, Samantha Jury-Dada shares how to get more BAME people involved in your club.

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NOTTINGHAM LABOUR CLUB WIN LIVING WAGE AT SU

Nottingham University Labour Students have won the campaign in their students' union for all employees to be paid a Living Wage.

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SUCCESS IN NUS

It's been a great year in NUS for Labour Students with lots of successful elections...

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NATIONAL COMMITTEE 2013/14

Have a look at who your next year's National Committee will be.

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Dear member,

We wanted to write to let you know about an exciting development for Labour Students.

In December last year, the three of us put pen to paper on what we hope will be a long-term partnership with Community Union.

We believe that Community is a trade union which shares our values, our passion and our commitment to the Labour Party which is why we are so proud to have signed this partnership cementing our relationship. We saw in Community, not only a faultless commitment to advancing their members' conditions both in work and the communities in which they live, but one which understood the necessity to adapt in order to attract young people  to them - which they have done with their Labour Campaign Network.

We're proud to join Community's Labour Campaign Network - you can do so too, at a reduced Labour Students rate here. The majority of your contribution will go directly in to supporting campaigning for Labour on the ground.

To kick off this partnership as we mean to continue, Labour Students and Community's Labour Campaign Network will be out in Doncaster on 9th February to help campaign in the upcoming mayoral election. We will be meeting at 10:30am in Doncaster Central and Caroline Flint will be joining us for lunch before an afternoon on the doorstep. If you're able to come along, please join our facebook event.

Any questions about the campaign day, please contact Teddy Ryan on 07921088669 or teddy_ryan@labour.org.uk

If you're not yet a member of a trade union, take a look at Community's Labour Campaign Network and their reduced rate for members of Labour Students.

We look forward to seeing you all soon,

Emma, Teddy and Lauren
Labour Students National Office

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Dear member,

We are very excited to email you to officially launch our Missing Millions campaign. Our aim for the campaign is simple: to register as many students to vote as possible before the 2015 General Election.

But we can't do that without you.

We are asking you to commit to taking action to run a student voter registration campaign at your institution.

This email contains all everything you need to get your campaign off the ground.

We want to ask you to make your own personal pledge to take action. Work to get a student voter registration campaign started at your institution.


Emma, Lauren and Teddy

We're looking for clubs to work with us intensively in running student voter registration drives in the run up to the county council elections in May. Please get in touch (lauren_crowley@labour.org.uk) if you'd like to be one of these clubs and look out for lots of resources to come your way!

BRIEFINGS & CAMPAIGN RESOURCES LAUNCHED

We have today launched a range of briefings and resources to help you campaign. Go to the website now to check them out.

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NATIONAL CHAIR-ELECT SHARES WHY HE'LL BE REGISTERING STUDENTS TO VOTE THIS YEAR

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TEN THINGS YOU CAN DO NOW

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STEP BY STEP GUIDE TO RUNNING A VOTER REGISTRATION CAMPAIGN

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december newsletter

Dear member,

We have now reached the end of a busy first term for Labour Students. Up and down the country you have helped us to recruit record numbers of new members, launch active Living Wage campaigns, train hundreds of new activists, get out on the #labourdoorstep and much, much more!

Thank you all for playing your part.

National Council 2013 will be held from the 19th-20th January in London. Details of how to book tickets are to follow. All Labour clubs affiliated to Labour Students are eligible to send 2 delegates to National Council and they must be gender balanced. Nominations for elections have closed. Submitted policy will soon be sent out for clubs to make amendments.

National Conference 2013 will be held from the 1st-3rd March in Leicester. Details of how to book tickets are to follow. All Labour clubs affiliated to Labour Students are eligible to send delegates to Youth Conference. Each club has been notified of how many delegates they are entitled to send and will follow their own processes when electing those delegates. Delegates will be elected and confirmed to the Labour Party by 4th January 2013. Please contact your Labour Student Club if you are interested in becoming one of their delegates. Nominations for National Committee and Sabbatical Officer positions will open on the 7th January and close on the 4th February. The full positions up for election and the election timetable will be sent to all members on the 7th January. Find out more about the event here.

We'll be in touch again soon,

Emma, Teddy and Lauren

 LABOUR STUDENTS CONGRATULATE NEWEST LABOUR MPs.

 Labour Students are pleased to have been a part of the successful by-election campaigns in Corby, Middlesborough, Manchester, Cardiff South and Penarth, Croydon North and Rotherham this past week. Thank you to all our volunteers who worked tirelessly right up to close of polls, it was great to see so many of you from all over the country!

LEICESTER LABOUR STUDENTS HAVE LIVING WAGE WIN

Congratulations to Leicester Labour Students who have secured a Living Wage for all workers who depend on it in their students' union. The campaign at Leicester has been running since early last academic year so it's great news that they are beginning to win on campus.

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THINKING OF RUNNING IN YOUR STUDENT UNION ELECTIONS OR GOING TO NUS CONFERENCES?

It's that time of year again when students' unions up and down the country start holding elections for their full and part time positions. In many student unions Labour Students candidates will be running. If you're thinking of running we can help, for example we've produced a guide on running a sabb campaign, so please get in touch - lauren_crowley@labour.org.uk.

Also coming up this term are several conferences in NUS and we would encourage you to find out more from your students' union about how you become a delegate. All dates of NUS conferences are available at www.nusconnect.org.uk. If you've been elected as an NUS delegate to National Conference or are going to any of the other conferences please let us know - lauren_crowley@labour.org.uk.

 

RE-FRESHERS FAIRS - COMING TO A CAMPUS NEAR YOU

We're keen to help you recruit in January so if there's a re-freshers fair on campus or you just want to get out and run a stall please let us know. We can arrange for your Regional Coordinator to help out on the day or send more materials if you've run out since Freshers.

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Dear Friend,

Labour Students Political Weekend will be taking place on the 10th and 11th of November at Hotel Campanile in Northampton and tickets are now on sale and are selling fast.

This is a chance to meet Labour Students from across the country and to hear from, and put your questions directly to, high-profile speakers from across the Labour movement, as well as an opportunity to debate important issues and have a great time.

Registration costs just £40, which also includes your accommodation, food for the weekend and travel to and from Northampton train station. If you have any dietary, access or religious requirements, please fill in the relevant sections during the registration process. If the cost is a barrier to you attending, please don't hesitate to get in touch with us as a limited number of bursary places are available. All applications will be dealt with in complete confidence.

Please arrive at Northampton station between 10.15 and 11.00 on the Saturday where a coach has been arranged to transport you to the venue. Please book trains to leave Northampton after 5.30 on the Sunday. We will also transport you by coach back to the station and will ensure you are there by 5.30.

We appreciate that Northampton is difficult to get to for some of our members at that time of the morning, particularly those in Scotland, so if there isn’t a train that gets you in at that time, please let us know immediately so that we can arrange accommodation in Leicester for the night before.

After Political Weekend, some of us will be spending polling week (12-15th November) in Corby and East Northants to help ensure that Labour takes back the seat from the Tories. If we win, it will be the first time that we've won a parliamentary by-election from the Tories since February 1997 so if you’re free and want to help out, please fill in the 'Able to Volunteer in Corby?' section when registering and let you know your availability.

Only current members of Labour Students are able to attend, so make sure your have rejoined this academic year! http://www.labourstudents.org.uk/join

Political Weekend is our most popular event of the year so, in order to ensure that all clubs are able to send people, there will be an initial cap of 8 people from a single club.

You can book your tickets here: https://shop.labour.org.uk/products/labour-students-political-weekend-2012-155/

Emma O'Dwyer         Teddy Ryan                   Lauren Crowley
National Chair          National Secretary        Campaigns and Membership Officer

 

september 2012

Dear member,

We hope that the new year is going well for you!

In this email you can find out about Political Weekend, our activity at Party Conference, about our Friends of Labour Students network, about our very own 'Nick Clegg' pledge and about the relaunch of our Living Wage campaign.

Yesterday hundreds of students at the University of Sheffield eagerly pledged never to vote Lib Dem again with Shabana Mahmood MP, the Shadow Minister for Higher Education. You can join them in protest of so many broken promises at http://www.labourstudents.org.uk/fibdems

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Last week we relaunched our national Living Wage campaign at the University of Surrey. Guildford is consistently marked within the most costly places to live within the UK outside of London. Surrey Labour Students, working with Movement for Change, launched their campaign in the amphitheatre in front of the Phillip Marcham building to ask Sir Christopher Snowdon (The Vice Chancellor of the University of Surrey) to commit the University to paying the Living Wage to all staff and to ensure that subcontracted staff are also paid the Living Wage.

Shabana Mahmood MP, Shadow Minister for Higher Education, will be speaking at this event alongside Donald Hirsch, Director at the Centre for Research in Social Policy.

We'll be in touch again soon,

Emma O’ Dwyer              Lauren Crowley                                             Teddy Ryan
National Chair                 Campaigns & Membership Officer            National Secretary

SAVE THE DATE: LABOUR STUDENTS POLITICAL WEEKEND

This year our most popular event, Political Weekend, has moved from its traditional home of Stoke Rochford.

The event takes place at an new venue in Northampton on the 10th and 11th November.

More details about timings, speakers and how to book your tickets will be announced shortly so watch this space!

JOIN FOLS!

Have you finished your education? Then Friends of Labour Students is for you. Friends of Labour Students is a network for former Labour Students, or friends, who wish to support and follow the work of the organisation. We'll send you newsletters and invite you to events throughout the year where you can keep up with Labour Students work and network with other Friends of Labour Students. You can sign up to the newsletter and find out more here - labourstudents.org.uk/fols.

 THINKING OF RUNNING IN YOUR STUDENTS'UNION ELECTIONS OR GOING TO NUS CONFERENCES?

It's that time of year again when student unions up and down the country start holding elections for their full and part time positions. In many student unions Labour Students candidates will be running. If you're thinking of running we can help, for example we've produced a guide on running a sabb campaign, so please get in touch - lauren_crowley@labour.org.uk.

Also coming up this term are several conferences in NUS and we would encourage you to find out more from your student union about how you become a delegate. All dates of NUS conferences are available at www.nusconnect.org.uk. If you've been elected as an NUS delegate to National Conference or are going to any of the other conferences please let us know - lauren_crowley@labour.org.uk.

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WHICH CLUB HOSTED THE MOST CREATIVE FRESHERS' STALL OF 2012?

You have until tomorrow at 5pm to upload a photo of your freshers' stall to our Facebook and then we'll let you know the next stage of the competition to win a visit from David Miliband MP!

 

Dear member,

We’re pleased to announce that Student Voter Registration Drive topped the Labour Students priority campaign ballot.

Come along to our Summer Training on 25th- 27th August in Cardiff for training from Movement for Change on how to run student voter registration drives. www.labourstudents.org.uk/summertraining2012

Watch this space for more details about how you can get involved in the campaign.

Finally, a huge thank you to the record numbers (double!) of Labour Students who voted and particularly to everyone who submitted ideas for campaigns.

The full results were:

1.    Student Voter Registration Drive: 33.8%
2.    Renationalise the Railways: 26.2%
3.    End Youth Unemployment: 11.6%
4.    End Unpaid Internships: 11%
5.    The Hardest Hit: 7.6%
6.    Cost of housing to students: 5.2%
7.    Apprenticeship Wages: 2.2%
8.    End Stop and Search: 1.7%

Watch this space for more details about how you can get involved in the campaign.


Emma O’ Dwyer               Teddy Ryan                                Lauren Crowley
National Chair                   National Secretary                  Campaigns & Membership Officer

NEWSLETTER

Dear member,

We hope you are all enjoying your summer and would like to start by introducing ourselves, we are the new Labour Students officer team. The new National Chair is Emma O’ Dwyer who will be working alongside your new National Secretary, Teddy Ryan and your new National Campaigns and Membership Officer, Lauren Crowley in the day to day running of Labour Students. We’re looking forward to working with you all in leading our organisation to another successful year.

It’s always a very busy summer running up to Freshers’ Weeks and getting prepared for your Fayres and as your national officers we are always here to support you with any advice and support that you need, as an individual Labour Student or as Labour clubs.

PRIORITY CAMPAIGN 2012/13

Every year Labour Students takes suggestions from members on what the priority campaign for the following year should be. We're now presenting your ideas for voting on for the priority campaign for 2012/13.

You can vote here: www.labourstudents.org.uk/prioritycampaign2012

We are looking forward to seeing you at future events and campaigning with you over the year. We’ll be in touch again soon.

Emma O’ Dwyer               Teddy Ryan                                Lauren Crowley
National Chair                   National Secretary                  Campaigns & Membership Officer

+1 RECRUITMENT CHALLENGE

This week Ed Miliband launched the Labour Party’s Real Change agenda which will set the direction between now and Party Conference. The Labour Party is asking every party member to recruit at least one new member and one new supporter. There will be prizes and incentives for those who take part and recruitment cards are also available. You can email/tweet/facebook about it here: http://www.labour.org.uk/plusoneshare and +1 recruitment cards are available for free here: https://www.labourcampaignshop.org.uk

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SUMMER TRAINING

We’d like to invite you to join Labour Students at our Summer Training Weekend from Saturday 25th-Monday 27th August in Cardiff.

This event is a training event for members who’d like to get to know Labour Students a little better, meet other clubs and members and receive some bespoke training delivered by experts in their field - from media training and public speaking and training specific to your role on your Labour Club committees. The weekend will also include campaigning in the parliamentary by-election in Cardiff South and Penarth due to be called soon.

If you'd like to buy your tickets for the weekend you can do so here. We suggest you book your tickets now to ensure you get the cheapest possible deal. If you want to attend but are unable to because cost is a barrier - please let us know, in confidence, and we will see what we can do.

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LEAVING EDUCATION SOON? JOIN FOLS!

Are you finishing your education soon? Then Friends of Labour Students is for you. Friends of Labour Students is a network for former Labour Students, or friends, who wish to support and follow the work of the organisation. We'll send you newsletters and invite you to events throughout the year where you can keep up with Labour Students work and network with other Friends of Labour Students. You can sign up to the newsletter and find out more here - http://www.labourstudents.org.uk/fols.

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Dear member,

We hope that exam season is going ok for you all.

It has been a busy time for Labour Students nationally, and across the UK. Thousands of you took to the #labourdoorstep last month to campaign for Labour candidates. We've campaigned in students' unions across the UK. We've campaigned at NUS conference. And over fifty Living Wage campaign teams have been set up by Labour Students' across the UK.

Thank you for all your work.

In this email you can find information about the Living Wage campaign, about our Friends of Labour Students network, about joining our friends at the Labour Women's Network and you can read about your campaigning success.

We'll be in touch again soon,

Liv, Ross and Sam

PS Here are some photos of Labour Students campaigning recently!

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LIVING WAGE CAMPAIGN UPDATE

Our Living Wage campaign is going from strength to strength with over 50 local campaigns now established. The campaigns are gaining momentum and recognition, for example Kent Labour Students Living Wage campaign recently won Campaign of the Year in their student union!

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LEAVING EDUCATION SOON? JOIN FOLS!

Are you finishing your education soon? Then Friends of Labour Students is for you. Friends of Labour Students is a network for former Labour Students, or friends, who wish to support and follow the work of the organisation. We'll send you newsletters and invite you to events throughout the year where you can keep up with Labour Students work and network with other Friends of Labour Students. You can sign up to the newsletter and find out more here - labourstudents.org.uk/fols.

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JOIN THE LABOUR WOMEN'S NETWORK TODAY

Today is the anniversary of Margaret Bondfield becoming the first ever woman to serve in a British cabinet. To celebrate this historic Labour achievement, we would like to invite you to join Labour Women's Network. LWN is dedicated to securing the election of more Labour women to public office and to supporting Labour women to play a full part in the Party. Graduates of our flagship parliamentary programme have entered parliament at every election since 1992 but we can’t continue to change the face of British politics without you. Men are very welcome to join as supporters – please sign up here.

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THANK YOU!

Thank you to all the Labour Students from across the UK who campaigned in the recent elections, your hard work really made a difference. In London alone Labour Students spent over 2,100 hours on the campaign trail for London Assembly members and the Ken Livingstone campaign.

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Dear member,

We are very excited to email you with some good news from the Living Wage Campaign - Manchester Labour Students have secured a committment from their Vice Chancellor to pay the Living Wage. This is great news for the campaign, Manchester University is the largest university in the UK with over 11,000 staff and nearly 40,000 students. Congratulations to Manchester Labour Students!

Our Living Wage campaign is growing from strength to strength with over 40 Labour Clubs across the UK actively engaging with the campaign. We keep getting news of wins coming through: in just the last few weeks Edinburgh University Labour Club have successfully won a referendum vote to pay the Living Wage at their Student's Association and York have also passed policy supporting the campaign in their Students' Union.

How is the campaign going on your campus? Let us know!

In this update you can read more about Manchester's win, read a profile on the campaign in Swansea, see our guest blog from the Campigns Director at One Society and access resources to build your campaign.

Let's win a living wage, together. 

Liv, Sam and Ross



MANCHESTER LABOUR STUDENTS SECURE CAMPAIGN WIN

Manchester Labour Students met with the University of Manchester's Vice Chancellor Nancy Rothwell and UofM's director of HR Karen Heaton and secured a committment from them to pay the Living Wage


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PROFILE ON: SWANSEA LABOUR STUDENTS LIVING WAGE CAMPAIGN

Swansea Labour Students won the Labour Students Best Practice Award for the Best Labour Students Living Wage Campaign at National Council in December.  Their campaign has continued to go from strength to strength...

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RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO START OR GROW YOUR LIVING WAGE CAMPAIGN

On our website you'll find a wealth of resources to start or grow your Living Wage Campaign. There's a briefing on "Five Steps to Securing a Living Wage", we can post you posters or you can download them here, there's two videos you can use, and lots more all at www.labourstudents.org.uk/livingwage.


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GUEST BLOG FROM DUNCAN EXLEY, CAMPAIGNS DIRECTOR AT ONE SOCIETY

One Society is an organisation which promotes policy and practice to reduce excessive income inequalities, who recently met with Labour Students to discuss the Living Wage Campaign...

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Dear member,

We hope you have all had a good break over the New Year.

We are really excited about everything we have planned this term. In particular, we are looking forward to our National Conference 2012 on the 25th and 26th February in Manchester. Conference looks set to be a really great event with great speakers, policy making and elections. Tickets for conference are now available to buy here and full details of conference can be read online here.

We are also really excited about the progress you are all making with our Living Wage campaign. Last week we were delighted to hear that Kent Labour Students won a Living Wage for cleaning staff in the Union. We have also been pleased to hear that Manchester Labour Students are making good progress with their campaign, securing a meeting with their VC to discuss it. You can read more about what Manchester have been up to here.

This newsletter also contains information about how you can get involved in the campaign to win the London Mayoral election for Ken Livingstone, and details about getting involved in the student movement this term - do have a read.

We'll be in touch again soon,

Liv, Ross and Sam


NATIONAL CONFERENCE 2012

National Conference 2012 is fast approaching. It will be held on the 25/26 February in Manchester. The Saturday will be held in the Museum of Science and Industry and the Sunday in the People's History Museum. Tickets are now available to buy - click here. Full details for conference are available here. Please do consider submitting motions to conference or coming along to a hustings event in your region to hear from the candidates.

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KENT LABOUR STUDENTS HAVE LIVING WAGE WIN

Congratulations to Kent Labour Students who this week have secured a Living Wage for all cleaners in their student union. The campaign at Kent has been running since early this academic year so it's great news that they are beginning to win on campus.

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THINKING OF RUNNING IN YOUR STUDENT UNION ELECTIONS OR GOING TO NUS CONFERENCES?

It's that time of year again when student unions up and down the country start holding elections for their full and part time positions. In many student unions Labour Students candidates will be running. If you're thinking of running we can help, for example we've produced a guide on running a sabb campaign, so please get in touch - samantha_kennedy@labour.org.uk.

Also coming up this term are several conferences in NUS and we would encourage you to find out more from your student union about how you become a delegate. All dates of NUS conferences are available at www.nusconnect.org.uk. If you've been elected as an NUS delegate to National Conference or are going to any of the other conferences please let us know - olivia_bailey@labour.org.uk.


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COME TO LONDON THIS SPRING TO JOIN THE KEN LIVINGSTONE CAMPAIGN

One of the big elections for Labour this year is the race to win Mayor of London. Labour Students from all over the country have played an active role in Ken Livingstone's campaign already this year and we hope to see more of you throughout this term. Why not plan a club trip to London this term?

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Dear member,

We have now reached the end of a busy first term for Labour Students. Up and down the country you have helped us to recruit record numbers of new members, launch active Living Wage campaigns, train hundreds of new activists, get out on the #labourdoorstep and much, much more!

Thank you all for playing your part.

Christmas CarolAs a festive treat we'd like to share with you our Living Wage Christmas Carol. It was written in a training session where members were coming up with creative festive tactics to use on campus to help raise the profile of the Living Wage campaign. Why not try this out on campus or come up with some New Year's Resolution themed actions in January?

 

We'll be in touch again soon,

Liv and Sam


RE-FRESHERS FAIRS - COMING TO A CAMPUS NEAR YOU

We're keen to help you recruit in January so if there's a re-freshers fair on campus or you just want to get out and run a stall please let us know. We can arrange for your Regional Coordinator to help out on the day or send more materials if you've run out since Freshers.

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LABOUR STUDENTS CONGRATULATE OUR NEWEST LABOUR MP SEEMA MALHOTRA.

Labour Students are pleased to have been a part of the successful by-election campaign in Feltham and Heston this past week. Thank you to all our volunteers who worked tirelessly right up to close of polls, it was great to see so many of you from all over the country!

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OUR LIVING WAGE CAMPAIGN CONTINUES TO SPREAD ACROSS THE COUNTRY...

Across the country we've been really pleased at the support our campaign has received and we're sure that our members will be able to win a Living Wage at their universities and colleges. This is a campaign that is about the difference Labour Students can make on the ground. Our members are translating Labour values in to innovative and powerful campaigns that are making a difference to people’s lives.


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TELL US WHAT YOU WANT TO SEE AT LABOUR STUDENTS CONFERENCE 2012 & TIMETABLE

We are beginning to prepare for Labour Students conference 2012 (date TBC soon). We are keen to hear your ideas for the conference, so have set up a short survey for you to fill out. This page also has deadlines for elections at conference so if you are keen to run for a position - check here!

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Dear member,

Help us keep Feltham and Heston Labour

Following the sad news of the death of Alan Keen, a by election has been called in the West London parliamentary seat of Feltham and Heston. The election will be held on the 15th December.

We would like to invite you to join us for two exciting campaign events to help keep Feltham and Heston Labour.

  • Big campaign weekend - 3/4 December
    We would like to invite you to join us for two days of campaigning in Feltham and Heston on the 3rd and 4th December. We will be arranging free accommodation for everyone who attends on the Saturday evening, as well as free dinner and a great fun social (involving Xfactor, and karaoke..). It promises to be a great weekend on the #labourdoorstep with friends from across the country. Do join us. Go here to register.
  • Join us for the final push - 11th - 15th December
    After National Council finishes on Sunday 11th December, we would like to invite you to join us for the duration of the campaign. We'll be travelling after National Council to special accommodation put on for Labour Student campaigners. Accommodation will be free for the week, and it is a fantastic opportunity for you to have a leading role in a by election campaign. Go here to register (you can register to come for just a day or two if you can't make the whole four days).

National Council - 10/11 December

Further to our last email, we just wanted to flag up that registration for National Council is now online. If you are coming as a delegate or observer please go here to register. To find out more about National Council go here.

National Council promises to be a fantastic weekend of high profile speakers, motion debate, elections and campaigning - as well as a great party on the Saturday night. We hope to see you there.

Best Practice Awards

Nominations for the Labour Students Best Practice Awards 2011 are now open! There are awards for everything from campaigning, to events, to awards for outstanding individuals. Find out more and nominate your club, or an activist you know at www.labourstudents.org.uk/awards.

We will be in touch again soon,

Liv, Ross and Sam

 

Dear Friend,

Labour Students National Council will be held this year at Labour Party Head Office in London on the 10th and 11th December. Go here for more.

 

National Council is the first democratic event of the Labour Students year.  We will be debating motions, deciding on policy, electing our Policy Forum and Steering Committee, nominating candidates for NUS and hearing from some brilliant speakers. We'll be staying together in a youth hostel and going for a social on the Saturday night.

 

Each affiliated Labour Club is eligible to send two delegates, at least one of which must be a woman.  Labour Clubs are also allowed to send an unlimited number of observers. If you wish to be your Labour Club’s delegate please get in touch with your Club Chair. If you are unsure if your Labour Club is affiliated or who your Club Chair is please email us. Labour Clubs can also submit and amend motions to National Council. Details of this process have been emailed to Club Chairs and can be read online here.

  

The cost of attending National Council is £40 per person.  This includes bed and breakfast accommodation for the Saturday night, dinner on the Saturday night and lunch on both days.  If accommodation is not required, then registration is £15. Registration will open shortly; watch this page for more info.

 

A timetable for Elections and Motions can be read below.

 

Friday 18th November, 12pm

Deadline for intention to stand for elections at National Council

Wednesday 23rd November, 12pm

Deadline for applications to be considered for selection to be a candidate in NUS

Friday 25th November, 12pm

Deadline for motions to be submitted

Friday 25th November

Shortlisted NUS candidates notified (interviews conducted 28 Nov – 2 Dec)

Friday 2rd December, 12pm

Deadline for nominations for elections at National Council. Manifestos should be emailed to Ross_MacRae@labour.org.uk by midday on this day.

Thursday 8th December, 12pm

Deadline for amendments to motions

Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th December

Labour Students National Council, Labour Party HQ, London

Please read the rest of this email to read details of how to stand for election, as well as how to nominate yourself for selection to be a Labour Students candidate in NUS.

 

If you have any questions about the event or elections procedures please don’t hesitate to email National Secretary Ross - Ross_MacRae@labour.org.uk.

 

We hope to see you at National Council 2011.

 

Best wishes,

 

Liv, Ross and Sam

 

 

Important Information about Elections at National Council

 

There will be a number of elections at National Council, which all members are entitled to stand for:

 

LABOUR STUDENTS POLICY FORUM

 

The Labour Students Policy Forum will be elected at National Council.  There are eight positions up for election, at least four of which must be filled by women.

 

Candidates require the nomination at least one Labour Club to stand for this position.  The Policy Forum is responsible for discussing and shaping Labour Students’ contribution to Labour Party debates on policy.

 

LABOUR STUDENTS STEERING COMMITTEE

 

These positions will be elected at National Council. There are three positions up for election. The Steering Committee oversee elections and democracy at events, and they work with the National Office to ensure the smooth running of Labour Students events.

 

The three people elected will choose a Chair of Steering Committee amongst themselves and this person will sit ex-officio on Labour Students’ National Committee.

 

All candidates must declare their intention to stand by 18th November by emailing Ross_MacRae@labour.org.uk . Clubs will then have two weeks to nominate candidates. Nomination forms must be received by Friday 2rd December at midday.

LABOUR STUDENTS CANDIDATES IN NUS

At National Council we will be selecting our candidates for full time and part time positions at NUS Annual Conference 2012.

The process for selecting our candidates will be conducted in three stages and our NUS Panel, made up of the National Chair, NUS Group Leader(s) and a representative from National Committee, will then make a shortlist from these applications. Shortlisted applicants will be invited for an interview with the panel and applicants will be informed whether they have been successfully shortlisted shortly after interviews.

The full process is outlined here.

 

 

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Dear member,

November is a month of action for Labour Students, and we want to encourage you all to get involved.

We'll be attending NUS' activism conference, supporting Labour's plan for growth and marching for women's rights over the next four weeks and we really hope you'll join us. Have a read through the whole of this email to see what you can get involved in.

We also wanted to email to encourage you all to get involved in our Living Wage campaign if you aren't already.

Go to - www.labourstudents.org.uk/livingwage.

Labour Clubs right across the UK have started campaigns, and we're already starting to see results. But we've still got a long way to go if we are to meet our objective of ending poverty pay in UK HE and FE institutions.

We need your help.

Get a Living Wage campaign running at your institution. Follow the simple steps in this briefing and build a campaign coalition which will win a Living Wage.

You don't have to have a big club - or even a club at all - to make a difference. If you are not sure how to get started, be sure to give us a call.

Go to - www.labourstudents.org.uk/livingwage - now and read through all of the resources we have available to help you campaign.

And, remember, keep us in the loop with what you are up to.

We'll be in touch again soon,

Liv, Sam and Ross

 

NUS STUDENT ACTIVISM 2011

NUS are holding the UK’s biggest ever student activism conference on Saturday 19 November in London. Student Activism 2011 aims to bring together student activists from across the political spectrum to learn, share and inspire a generation of campaigners.

There will be workshops, speeches and students from every corner of the UK. If you want to be a part of the student fightback against this government then this is the event to be at. 

Labour Students from across the UK will be attending and we hope you'll join us too!

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SUPPORTING LABOUR'S PLAN FOR GROWTH

This month the Chancellor will release his Autumn Statement. We'll be working to support Labour's Plan from growth and we hope you'll join us.

Now is a really worrying time for students and young people. Labour's clear five-point plan will help deliver the jobs which students and young people need.

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MARCH WITH LABOUR STUDENTS WOMEN TO RECLAIM THE NIGHT


Since 2004, the London Feminist Network has organised an annual, national women-only Reclaim the Night march against rape and all forms of male violence against women. Labour Students are proud to support Reclaim the Night and would love all self-defining women members to join us on the march. We'll be meeting at Whitehall Place, near Embankment at 6pm on Saturday 26 November.

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DON'T TURN BACK TIME ON WOMEN'S EQUALITY

Cuts that disproportionately hit women’s jobs and the benefits and services they rely on are turning back time on women’s equality. On November 19th, we'll be joining the Fawcett Society on their ‘Don’t turn back time’ March in London.

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Dear member,

It has been a busy month for Labour Students as we've travelled the country to freshers fairs, had a successful week at Labour Party Conference and continued to build our Living Wage campaign. There is lots for us to tell you so please do have a look through this newsletter, and have a read of our website - www.labourstudents.org.uk.

There are a couple of things in particular to highlight. First, please make sure you have renewed your Labour Students membership this year. If you joined last year, but didn't sign up for direct debit, then your membership will have lapsed. Go here to re-join.

The Living Wage campaign is really gathering momentum and we have heard from so many of you who are running really exciting local campaigns. We really want you to tell us what you are getting up to so please email olivia_bailey@new.labour.org.uk to keep us in the loop. Keep up the good work - together, we can end poverty pay on campuses across the UK.

We also want to remind you to make the most of our new website. It has loads of exciting features including a members area where you can access a discussion board to talk to other Labour Students, resources to download, a newsroom where you can find out the latest from us, an events page with up to date events information and a page for our Living Wage campaign. Check out the website now!

We'll be in touch again soon,

Liv, Ross and Sam

LIVING WAGE CAMPAIGN GATHERS MOMENTUM

Labour Clubs across the country have launched their Living Wage campaigns. They are already making a huge difference and the campaign is picking up momentum across the UK. Make sure you play your part and get involved. Click below for news, resources and everything you need to win a Living Wage at your institution.


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REGISTRATION OPEN FOR POLITICAL WEEKEND

Registration is now open for Political Weekend - a residential weekend for Labour Students across the UK. It will take place on the 12 & 13 November and there are a range of exciting speakers and sessions lined up for you. Make sure you buy your ticket now before they all sell out!

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CALLING ALL MEMBERS IN FE: TELL US WHAT WE CAN DO BETTER

We are currently conducting a review of how well we represent our members in FE and sixth form colleges. We have launched a short survey which we are asking FE members to fill out. We will be reporting back on our findings, and on how we are going to change, at National Council in December.

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JIM MURPHY MP ANNOUNCED AS PRESIDENT OF FOLS

We are delighted to announce that the Rt. Hon. Jim Murphy MP has taken on the role of President of Friends of Labour Students. To read more about FOLS click below.

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Dear member,

We are very excited to email you to officially launch our Living Wage campaign. Our aim for the campaign is simple: we want to end poverty pay in Universities and Colleges across the UK.

But we can't do that without you.

We are asking you to commit to taking action to win a living wage at your institution.

This email contains all everything you need to get your campaign off the ground - info about national and local campaign training, a range of briefings, two campaign films and more.

We want to ask you to make your own personal pledge to take action. Work to get a living wage campaign started at your institution.

But before you do anything, watch Denise Castro talk about her story.

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Let's win a living wage, together. 

Liv, Sam and Ross

 

BRIEFINGS & CAMPAIGN FILMS LAUNCHED

We have today launched two campaign films featuring Ed and David Miliband and a range of briefings to help you campaign. Go to the website now to check them out.

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UNISON TO WORK WITH LABOUR STUDENTS ON THE CAMPAIGN

We have announced plans to work with UNISON on the Living Wage campaign. UNISON will join forces with Labour Students' campaign to help end poverty pay on UK campuses.

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CAMPAIGN TRAINING DAY - 8 OCTOBER

We have opened registration for a national training day on the living wage campaign. They day will include comprehensive training from Movement for Change and from UNISON.

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MOVEMENT FOR CHANGE TRAINING FOR YOUR CLUB

Movement for Change will be working to support Labour Students' Living Wage campaign. They will provide on the ground training for your club, click below to request M4C come to your club

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MAKE YOUR PERSONAL PLEDGE TO TAKE ACTION

You have the power to win a living wage for staff at your institution. Commit now to taking the necessary action.

1. Speak to other Labour Students and agree to start a living wage campaign on your campus. We can put you in touch with relevant people if you don't know who to go to.
2. Use freshers fairs to kick start your campaign. Use our template petition, and start asking students to sign up to support the demands of your campaign.
3. Hold a living wage event to get more people interested in your campaign. Why don't you show our campaign videos to start off the discussion?
4. Start building campus coalitions backing your campaign. Start by talking to local unions. We can give you local contacts.
5.Talk to low paid staff on campus about the Living Wage. See our briefings for ideas on how to do this.

What will you do to win a Living Wage at your institution? Click below to make your pledge now.

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Dear member,

Welcome to the brand new Labour Students Newsletter. These will now be sent to you monthly to ensure that you are kept up to date with everything that we are doing.

We are delighted to today launch our brand new website at www.labourstudents.org.uk.

The new website has loads of exciting features including a members area where you can access a discussion board to talk to other Labour Students, resources to download, a newsroom where you can find out the latest from us, an events page with up to date events information and a page for our Living Wage campaign.

Check out the new website now!

The new website and this newsletter came as a result of the suggestions you made to us in our communications review that we emailed you about a month or so ago. We hope that they will help you feel more in touch with your national organisation.

We'll be in touch again soon,

Liv, Ross and Sam

FRESHERS CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED

We are excited to have launched our Freshers 2011 campaign. We've produced a range of materials for you to use and are hoping for record recruitment!


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WINNING LIBERATION 2011: NEW LIBERATION OFFICERS ELECTED

We held our first ever Winning Liberation event on the 27 August. Each liberation caucus passed policy and elected their new officer. Click below to find out what happened at the event.

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LABOUR STUDENTS AT ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2011

We've got an exciting programme of events lined up at this year's Annual Conference. Do make sure you come along to our fringe or the disco, and come and say hi to us at our stall.



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LIVING WAGE CAMPAIGN: LAUNCH SOON

We will be emailing you again within the next week or so to formally launch our Living Wage campaign. In the meantime, we encourage you get planning your local campaigns, using the information here.

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Dear member,

Thank you

We just wanted to drop you a quick email to say thank you. It is our last week in the office this week before we hand over to the new team of Emma, Teddy and Lauren.

We've loved our year working for Labour Students. From the Living Wage campaign to all the time spent on the #labourdoorstep, we've been proud to work alongside all of you.

Thank you for all of your work over the last year - you've really made a difference.

Message from the new team & details of this year's priority campaign ballot

Here's a message from the new team of Emma O'Dwyer, Teddy Ryan and Lauren Crowley:

We're really looking forward to starting our year in the office soon. We've got loads of ideas and we are really excited about working with you all over the next year. We'll be in touch again when we've started, but we wanted to get in touch now to say hi and to get the ball rolling on this year's priority campaign.

Every year Labour Students takes suggestions from members on what the priority campaign for the following year should be. Last year members chose to campaign for a Living Wage at every HE and FE institution and that is what we have done with successes won by members so far at institutions such as Manchester and Kent. You can read more about the Living Wage campaign and what a priority campaign looks like here: www.labourstudents.org.uk/livingwage.

Given the successes this year and with so many local campaigns close to winning we have decided to continue to support and run the Living Wage campaign.

Alongside this we will be running a new priority campaign and we're now looking for your ideas for 2012/13. The deadline for ideas is the 6th July. After receiving your suggestions we will send out a ballot so you can vote for your preferred idea.

Please visit our website to give us your ideas: www.labourstudents.org.uk/prioritycampaign.

Thanks again,

Olivia Bailey, Ross MacRae and Samantha Kennedy
Labour Students Office 2011-2012