The Origins of Young Labour
At the Labour Party's annual conference in 1924, Labour decided to launch local 'youth sections' throughout the country. Given autonomy, they quickly organised to expand their independence and organisation, naming themselves the 'Labour League of Youth' in 1926, and holding their first annual conference in 1929. Local groups would hold training, educational and social events, and at it's height in the 1930's, it had 30,000 members aged 14 to 25. In 1965, it was reformed as 'Labour Party Young Socialists.
Redbridge Labour Party Young Socialists
In 1965, Redbridge was constituted as a London Borough and the Redbridge Labour Party Young Socialists soon came into existence. Ever since, intermittently, there has been a youth wing of the Labour Party in Redbridge. From the 1970s, it was controlled by the Militant Tendancy. It was reformed in 1993 as 'Young Labour' which it continues as today.
Redbridge Young Labour Group (2011-14)
In 2011, Jas Athwal was elected leader of the Redbridge Labour Group, With his support, local young members set up a Young Labour group in Redbridge for the first time in over a decade. Over two years, they held several meet-ups, affiliated to the local Labour parties, and successfully supported four of their number getting elected as Councillors in the 2014 local elections.
REDBRIDGE YOUNG LABOUR
In 2017, a group of young members led by Alex Holmes formed a new Young Labour group for Redbridge, bigger and better than any that had come before. With membership surging to over half a thousand, Redbridge Young Labour is the largest it has ever been, and with more independence than ever before, young Labour members in Redbridge have never had a better opportunity to have a say in the Labour party. It was kicked off with a launch in Wanstead, attended by Mike Gapes MP, Jas Athwal and Farah Hussain, as well as representatives of London Young Labour and Momentum.