Who are we?
We are the youth and student wing of the Liberal Democrats. We have had several previous incarnations, including the National League of Young Liberals (NLYLP), the Union and Liberal Students (ULS) and most recently Liberal Youth. But since 2016 we have been going by “Young Liberals”.
How do I become a member?
Everyone who is a student or under 26 is automatically a member of Young Liberals. You just have to make sure the party has your age and/or student status when you join.
If you’re under 30, you can also pay an extra £12 to retain your youth and stay with us.
What do we do?
We have several purposes. Different YL executives have different aims but they mostly come down to two main themes. We want to help our members succeed at what they want to achieve and we want to make the world a better place. These are usually the same thing.
We have a Young and Winning programme, where we help to get young candidates elected. This is our small way of attempting to address the democratic deficit that we face. Young people are under-represented in parliaments and councils across the country and governments policies will often reflect that.
We usually host two conferences per year which function like the main party’s conference. There are a range of activities, many of them social. There are training sessions for things like public speaking and running for election. Most importantly, we create policy. Like with the Liberal Democrats, any of our members can submit a policy to be debated on and voted for at our conference.
Writing our own policies means we do sometimes disagree with the main party. Sometimes the older Liberals need us, or they get stuck in their ways. We, as a collective voice, can draw attention to newer ideas and the things which affect young people. Equal Marriage in the UK started life as a policy of one of our ancestral organisations. More recently our members have had the party adopt a pro EU Associate Citizenship policy and fight to save Erasmus.
At Federal Conference we host a range of events including panel discussions, training sessions, and social gatherings.