My name is Liam Young, I’m 23 and I am standing to be a Labour candidate for a list position on the London Assembly. I am asking for your support in this selection because I believe that I have both the passion and the skills necessary to win the election and offer a radical agenda for change in City Hall.
I am standing to be your Labour candidate because I believe in a London for the many. We have some of the richest places in the country across London, but we also have some of the poorest. It is time for us to unleash the potential of everyone by transforming this imbalance and returning power to ordinary Londoners.
Over 50% of London’s wealth is owned by the richest 10%. The bottom 50% own just 5% of London’s wealth. And the wealth of someone in the top 10% in 295 times greater than someone in the bottom 10%. These are stark figures which show the extent of the problem of inequality across out city.
This inequality effects absolutely everything. Under the Tories, it has only been getting worse. Most councils across London have lost over 60% of their funding since the Tories came to power in 2010. These cuts have had serious consequences. On the issues that massively impact the daily lives of Londoners: housing, transport, the environment, knife crime and many others, we have been crushed under the weight of the austerity agenda.
My pledge to Labour members is a simple one: if I go into City Hall, we all go into City Hall.
I am looking forward to this campaign as a real opportunity to present an optimistic vision for London. I want to get as many people involved as possible and plan on making myself accessible both online and offline throughout the process.
It might seem like it will be a struggle to elect a 23-year-old socialist to City Hall. But what is being a member of the Labour Party if it isn’t a struggle! And it is a struggle that I am ready to fight. I hope to have you alongside me.
Follow the campaign on Twitter: @liamyoung, on Facebook: @liamforlondon.