LGBTQ+ History Month

LGBTQ+ History Month

Since 2005, the UK has celebrated LGBT+ History Month every February – to mark the repeal of Section 28, a part of legislation which prohibited the ‘promotion of homosexuality’. The month is a chance to celebrate, remember and reflect on the LGBT+ activists who have passionately fought and continue to fight for the equality of all in the community. 

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One week until YL conference!

Cartoon Zoom call with text 'young liberals conference 18th-21st february'

There's only a week to go until Young Liberals conference. Will we see you there? 

Our online conference is running between Thursday 18th and Sunday 21st of February (that's next weekend!). It will all be held over Zoom, and it's completely free. 

More than half of the people who've signed up have never attended a YL conference before. So if this will be your first YL conference, don't worry - there'll be loads of people in the same boat as you, and loads of opportunities to get to know other YL members!

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National Apprenticeships Week

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This Monday marks the beginning of national apprenticeship week, where organisations from across the country are brought together to promote apprenticeships and traineeships. Often, discussions on education policy ignores the importance of vocational and technical education including these apprenticeships and it is essential in a political sense that we use this week to bring our focus back to the progression of policy in this area.

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December Exec Meeting

Exec Meeting

This meeting was moved forward by a week to avoid the festive period - and what a meeting it was!

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Diversity Co-Options

Diversity Committee

Could you be the Young Liberals' latest committee member? We're looking for people to joining the Diversity Committee - specifically, a Carer Leavers' Representative and a BAME Representative.

 

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Young Liberals at English Council

The English Young Liberals attended the final English Council meeting of the year today, with a full delegation in attendance. Aleisha Stansfield and Oliver Jones-Lyons attended as substitute delegates for Guy Benson and Alex Howarth, whilst William Tench filled the seat vacated by Billy Thomas’s resignation from the Party. They were additionally joined by Young Liberals elected as part of their region. 

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Election Working Group

Young Liberals elections have been a bit tricky recently. From issues arranging hustings, the length of the voting period,  to release of results - we've got a lot of work to do to improve our election process.

One of our executive officers, Cat, is forming a working group to investigate if any changes should be made to the current election style and timetable. And applications are open to join the group!

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IFLRY Delegates

IFLRY Delegates
The International Federation of Liberal Youth’s (IFLRY) General Assembly is going online - and you could be one of Young Liberals' delegates!

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Disability History Month

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If you are regular in activist circles or are yourself disabled, the you may already know that this month is Disability History Month. This year’s Disability History Month is focused on the theme of access, giving us an opportunity to reflect on how far we’ve come in the fight for disability access and how far we still have to go to build a society that is truly accessible and open to disabled people.

2020 also marks 25 years since the mass protests that pressured the government into passing the Disability Discrimination Act 1995. This act made it illegal to discriminate against a person because of their disability. Whilst it’s undeniable that there are still gaps in the rights and protections for disabled people, the DDA was a significant victory for disability rights activist and laid the groundwork for future progress to be made on disability rights. This month, Disability History Month is focussing on the 25 years since the DDA was passed, asking how far we've come, and how far we still have to go. 

As we emerge from a second national lockdown, it would be remiss of me not to mention how the COVID crisis has opened many people's eyes to the importance of accessibility. 

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Stop the Deportation Flight

Stop Deportation

The Young Liberals have written to the Home Secretary about the scheduled deportation of up to 50 people to Jamaica on Wednesday 2nd December. We're demanding the flight is stopped, and for findings of investigations into the Home Office's discriminatory practices to be implemented.

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