"A year ago, the Tower Hamlets Young Labour was quite simply defunct and did not exist, lying in a state of infinite disrepair and miserableness like an obscure toilet stall in the Lib Dem Party HQ. But then came the month of May, which was mildly chaotic for our dear Labour Party..."
- By Máté Bencsik
By Máté Bencsik: THYL Communications Officer
A year ago Tower Hamlets Young Labour was quite simply defunct and did not exist, lying in a state of infinite disrepair and miserableness like an obscure toilet stall in the Lib Dem Party HQ. But then came the month of May, which was mildly chaotic for our dear Labour Party.
No one really knows what happened back then -- anyone with one theory will inevitably get into a fight with someone with another theory – but one thing we do know for sure is that our party membership roughly doubled after our bizarre 2015 election. This gigantic rise in members in turn rubbed off on our own borough and we Young Labourites have grown massively in numbers as well.
Some of us were already here. Some are here due to Jeremy Corbyn. Some are here due to the actions of the Tories, and a few of us are here due to Andy Burnham's surreal eyelashes. Despite these differences in motive, all of us are doubtlessly motivated to support the Labour Party and our campaigns to create a better Britain.
As such, it wasn't surprising when, roughly half a year ago, the decision was made to dust off the cobwebs and officially (re)found the Tower Hamlets Young Labour Party. Subsequently, our Annual General Meeting was held and a new committee was elected.
Though, even that wasn't a good enough introduction for THYL and so, at the great and relatively painstaking effort of all those who organised it, we recently had our formal Launch Event in February.
A group photo with John Biggs and some attendees at the THYL Launch Event. Tuesday 23rd February 2016.
Now, I don't know much about party launch events, but I'd say that this was definitely up there. Over 50 of us had the good opportunity to communicate and socialise with the aid of some alcohol. In the meantime, we were honoured to have John Biggs speaking at our event about why he joined Labour, no matter how fashionably late he was. We also received congratulations from Sadiq Khan, Owen Smith, Keith Vaz, and Ken Livingstone.
And indeed, this Launch Event couldn't have been timed more perfectly as the mayoral election is creeping closer and closer. Whilst Sadiq may have a significant lead in the polls, this is no time to let up and we should carry on campaigning with as much passion as we can muster. That horrifically negative Crosbyite campaign being run by the Conservatives deserves to be put down and we can play a crucial role in that here in Tower Hamlets.
To conclude, welcome to our new members and hi to our existing members. Now that THYL is back, let's get to work setting up our great vision for London