The youth, revolting? Meet the North Somerset Young Liberals changing policy


This July, three young liberals from North Somerset helped shape national and international policy, eager to show no pandemic can halt democratic participation. Young Liberals, the youth and student branch of the Liberal Democrats, hosted their first online conference last week.

Congratulations to Janey Little, from Clevedon, who was named the Best Newcomer at the recent Online Conference. It is fantastic to see young people in North Somerset really getting involved in shaping policy on a national level. 

Janey Little, a 17-year-old Clevedon School pupil, achieved the first set of 13 Grade 9s - the highest possible grade - under the new GCSE marking system.

Fraser Copin, from Weston-super-Mare, successfully changed Young Liberals policy on Minimum Unit Alcohol prices – passing a motion with near-unanimous support.

Fraser said, “[Minimum Unit Alcohol Prices] punish young people and the poorest disproportionately, and that the Lib Dems believe in the freedom and dignity of individuals; something this policy goes against."

Whilst Young Liberals now oppose Minimum Unit Alcohol prices, it does remain an official policy of the Liberal Democrats nationally and locally.

Portishead Member, Huw James, has also been involved in shaping the European Liberal Youth’s COVID-19 recovery plans. He helped develop the organisation’s ten policy proposals for European countries, aiming to create European digital training platforms, virtual internships, and to protect democratic and civil rights.

You can get involved with Young Liberals here: https://www.youngliberals.uk/


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