Activate

It is Activate this weekend and we have got a fantastic series of events arranged. (If you haven't bought your tickets yet, don't worry, it's not to late. We might have a few left.)

Here's the agenda

Friday 25th August

14.00-14.30: Open of Conference

14.30-15.00: Liberal Future for Housing

15.00-14.30: Injustice facing traveller and gypsy communities

14.30-15.00: Details on Socials and revisions of timetable

16.15-17.30: Welcome Picnic Social (Bring Your Own & Weather Dependent)

Saturday 26th August

10.00-11.00: Welcome, with Tessa Munt and Charlie Kingsbury

11.00-11.30: Constitutional Amendment

11.30-12.00: In defence of the gig economy

12.00-12.30: Replacing short prison sentences

12.30-13.00: Explaining the YL Executive and Elections, with Nate Isaacson

13.00-14.30: Lunch (EYL GENERAL MEETING IN HALL - ENGLISH MEMBERS ONLY)

14.30-15.30: Diversity and Unconscious Bias, with Becky Thomas, Candy Piercy and Scott Emery

15.30-16.00: On Refugees, with Bradley Hillier

16.00-17.00: Campaigns Academy, with Neil Fawcett

19.30-21.30 Young Liberals ON ICE, Club Ice Skating Social @ National Ice Centre

(Members will be required to arrange their own transport to and from the NIC, as well as their entrance fee, skate hire is available at the venue)

OR Young Liberals Games Night (Exact location and details to be outlined at Conference)

Sunday 27th August

10.00-11.00: Executive Reports

11.00-11.30: Higher wages for non-contracted hours

11.30-12.00: Equal rights for mental health patients

12.00-13.00: Young and Winning, with Emily Fermour

13.00-14.00: Lunch

14.00-15.00: Membership Development, with Rachel Palmer Randall

15.00-15.30: Photographs, Special Mentions, and Close of Conference

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Activate

Every year, we work hard to bring you a fantastic conference and training weekend. This is our annual Activate. Despite its trials and and tribulations, 2017 is no different and we are pleased to announce that tickets are now available. It's always a really fun weekend and we'd love to see as many of you as possible.
There are a limited number of accommodation tickets but there are many more without somewhere to stay. If you need help finding somewhere, don't hesitate to email events@youngliberals.uk
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Pride 2017: Our record as LGBT+ champions

This Pride we mark 50 years since Parliament first voted to legalise homosexuality. The Liberal Party became the first party to commit to a Gay Rights policy in 1975. Since then we have:

  • Created policy on equal age of consent and equal marriage.
  • Banned teachers from presenting homosexuality as unacceptable.
  • Granted trans people the right to change their gender on official documents.

Today we are campaigning to:

  • Make sex and relationship education at school LGBT+ inclusive. 
  • Tackle bullying in schools on the basis of gender, sexuality, gender identity or gender expression.
  • Introduce "X" gender markers on passports and official documents.
  • Protect LGBT+ asylum seekers at risk of being deported to a country where they are under threat. 
  • Decriminalise homosexuality worldwide and advance LGBT+ rights.

You can follow LGBT+ Lib Dems on Facebook: @PlusLibDems or check out their website.

LGBTQ+ History

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On the Westminster Terror Attacks

The Westminster attacks were shocking news to our organisation. There are a number of our members and friends who work and volunteer around Westminster so it was particularly harrowing to see the headlines in the news.

Our thoughts are with the people and families who were not lucky enough to find that their loved ones were safe and we have nothing but admiration for our police and emergency services who put themselves in harms way for our safety.

Particular commendations, of course, to Tobias Ellwood who had the exceptional bravery of heading towards the site during the attack.

As always, we condemn the act but refuse to believe that at all reflects upon the characters of those from the same minority groups. This was an attack on our freedom and the response should be neither an erosion of our civil liberties nor feelings of hatred towards innocents.

We hope that Britain remains open, tolerant and united, and stands in defiance against such cowardly actions.

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Young Liberal Fights to Protect EU Citizenship


Henry_Jones.jpgThis spring, Henry Jones will present his motion on Associate Citizenship of the European Union at Liberal Democrats Party Conference in York, 17-19 March. As a member of Young Liberals Policy Committee, Henry is standing up “for millions of people across the UK who value their EU citizenship” and wish to express their individual choice to Remain.

I caught up with Henry earlier today to find out more about getting a policy motion on the Lib Dem agenda:

Young Liberal Fights to Protect EU Citizenship
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Young Liberals Sheffield Winter Conference

Young Liberals kicked off 2017 by hosting their Conference in Sheffield and tackling the winter frost with heated debate. New members were given a warm welcome and Conference was filled with the sounds of laughter as policy debates began with a mock motion on "The Restoration of Civilisation". Sarcasm and wit were used in equal measures to address more serious matters such as the rise of populism and fake news.

Young Liberals Sheffield Winter Conference
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Young Liberals condemn Government's plan to take UK out of Single Market

Theresa May's decision to pull Britain out of the Single Market will put up prices, damage our currency and increase unemployment. This will hurt young people in Britain more than any other age group, increasing the generational divide in our society.

Young Liberals condemn Government's plan to take UK out of Single Market
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Young Liberals call on ALDE Group to revoke agreement with Five Star Movement

The Young Liberals note with great disappointment the decision of ALDE Group’s Bureau to form a Parliamentary Group with Beppe Grillo’s Five Star Movement.

Chair of the Young Liberals, Charlie Kingsbury, commented “The Five Star Movement is a populist post-truth outfit that campaigns against migrants, against representative democracy and against European and international cooperation. Its policies and behaviour are totally incompatible with ALDE Group and with the Liberal Democrats.”

The Young Liberals are calling on ALDE Group to immediately revoke this agreement before decisions on group membership are finalised tomorrow.

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WIN A TRIP TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT IN BRUSSELS

Share your Erasmus exchange story and win a chance to visit Brussels 7th-8th November

Have you taken part in the Erasmus student exchange programme? Or do you plan to in future? If so, we want to hear your story! Find out how to enter now: CLICK HERE

WIN A TRIP TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT IN BRUSSELS
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Welcome to Liberal Youth

Liberal Youth has been running a series of new members days this summer to engage our many new members who have joined since the EU referendum. With more coming up later in the summer, read Perry's account of one of the days last month to see why you should come along!

Welcome to Liberal Youth
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