Labour campaigners go to House of Commons to fight for youth services

ON June 6th, a bill for a statutory youth service was read out in parliament by Lloyd Russell-Moyle MP, with the hope that providing a youth service will become law in England. Clare Harrison McCartney and Rhiannon May Jenkins, represented Harlow Young Labour and lobbied Robert Halfon MP of Harlow in parliament.

People from all over the country attended to back the bill. Clare and Rhiannon were invited to Robert Halfon MP’s office in parliament, to discuss the bill.

Clare said: “I remember play schemes in Harlow , which nurtured our talents. We had youth clubs and The Square was a great place to meet and feel safe amongst like minds. I feel that the lack of youth services is adding to the dissatisfaction and hopelessness that young people feel today. They need somewhere to go and have fun, and to find their own unique gift, be it art, music, writing, comedy, acting, politics or sport.

“Leisure time is not the same as work and school. The isolation of staying in and playing some computer games is not always healthy, socialising with people can be wonderful therapy and a good way to speak about our problems and worries. Many young people face life alone and wont always share their inner concerns. A youth service can provide a safe space for young people to express themselves.

Robert Halfon said spending money on youth schemes like these isn’t the whole answer to tackling antisocial behaviour.

He went on to say that there are wider societal issues that need to be tackled alongside providing youth schemes/provision, which he’d be happy to support.

He also said that the world is changing and some young people might not be interested in joining youth clubs so we need to think of creative and flexible ways to cater for today’s young people

Laura McAlpine, Parliamentary Candidate for Harlow and the villages and Young Labour Youth Coordinator said: “I will be supporting the inclusion of a statutory youth service in the next Labour manifesto as part of our education service. The disastrous , pernicious cuts that the Conservatives have inflicted on our councils have resulted in the closure of youth services across the country. Harlow has seen the closure of The Square and Occasio House, amongst other services that I benefited from in my youth. I will fight with all my might to ensure that the youth in Harlow are not the forgotten generation – they are our future and deserve the same support and services that we all benefited from.

“We are hoping that the bill will be passed through parliament and will become law. We await the next hearing”.
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17 Responses to "Labour campaigners go to House of Commons to fight for youth services"

  1. JerryFromQueens   June 14, 2018 at 11:34 am

    Great work from the Harlow Young Labour group to raise awareness of this most important of issues, who couple possibly disagree with the need to help out younger people grow up in a more constructive way?

    And there’s Bob being cynical again. But then, when you look at his voting record on issues that affect younger people is it any wonder…

    He’s consistently voted against measures to combat climate change.

    He voted to increase tuition fees to £9000.

    He almost always voted against lowering the age at which one can vote.

    And he’s consistently voted against financial support for some 16-19 year olds in training or further education.

    We know where his priorities lie..

    https://www.theyworkforyou.com/mp/24784/robert_halfon/harlow/votes

  2. JerryFromQueens   June 14, 2018 at 11:52 am

    Bob’s comment that playschemes and scout huts aren’t worth fixing or doing up echoes that disgraceful 80s phrase “managed decline”, which the Tories used to visualise their plans for the great city of Liverpool.

    And now we see that managed decline is still the Tory agenda, Bob’s mask having slipped under pressure from the Harlow Young Labour Party.

    We’re witnessing the managed decline of our youth services, managed decline of our health service, managed decline of our public services on and on it goes, all at the whim and behest of their donors and their own broken down, heartless, backward and fossilised ideology.

    Time for a change and a country that works for us all, not just a narrow few vested interests.

  3. MickyB77   June 14, 2018 at 12:58 pm

    Oh dear,aren’t we in a hissy jfq. To be expected I suppose.
    What a load of nonsense. If we were to subsidise and support everything he suggests the country would be broke.
    Donating to youths in work, where’s Mum and Dad then ?
    The old MARXIST ideology,supported by the state, for the state.
    We’re a capitalist society, we’ve all seen what labour handouts can do to the economy, a sharp nose-dive. Don’t you remember the last fiasco when you’re heroes were running, ruining, and wrecking the economy.
    Remember,”THERE’S NO MONEY LEFT”.

  4. JerryFromQueens   June 14, 2018 at 4:38 pm

    Remember what I said about Micky saving his most vitriolic comments for articles involving Labour women (or women in general)? Second only to his comments on features about immigrants. Something you want to tell us, darling?

    The Harlow Young Labour group are an inspiring and energetic team of people who are fizzing with great ideas and excellent campaigns that do the town proud.

    And in Laura McAlpine, Labour has a candidate ready to take the fight to Bobby Only Half On Harlow’s Side at the next election, which can’t come soon enough for the millions of people struggling under this shameful excuse for a government.

    With his voting record, can anyone truly say they’re proud of having Bob as their MP? A record that even the Harlow Tories find indefensible. You’ll find it all here…

    https://www.theyworkforyou.com/mp/24784/robert_halfon/harlow/votes

  5. MickyB77   June 14, 2018 at 7:35 pm

    Back to central office propaganda sheets.
    Dictated to by his leaders.
    Sad really.

    SOCIALISM BREEDS POVERTY.

  6. JerryFromQueens   June 14, 2018 at 7:43 pm

    This. Is. What. Robert. Halfon. Himself. Voted. For. I really can’t put it any clearer than that for you. Not a propaganda sheet, but an impartial website.

    Sorry to shatter your illusions about your hero, but those are the facts.

  7. MickyB77   June 15, 2018 at 5:31 am

    Losing the point and back to insulting supposition,and insults. Just like your
    M.Ingall, momentum leader of HDC who blew his top at last night’s meeting.

    I did suggest when he first came on the scene that he was a bully.

  8. JerryFromQueens   June 15, 2018 at 9:43 am

    The leader of the council is a passionate man who wants the best for Harlow and its residents.

    And as for blowing one’s top and being a bully, how many times have you insulted me on here? Mr Pot, meet Mr Kettle. I’m sure you’ll get along famously.

  9. Brett Hawksbee   June 15, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    Hi MickyB77, My given name is Brett Hawksbee. What is yours?

  10. MickyB77   June 15, 2018 at 3:38 pm

    Brett who, is that the champagne socialist ?
    Subtle difference jfq. You appear insulting to all those who dis-agree with your ramblings,proven, time after time. Camp comment and insinuation doesn’t do much for you image.
    Professional agitators should definitely not be allowed on this site.
    The new leader of the council is proven as a bully. Check him out.

  11. JerryFromQueens   June 15, 2018 at 5:38 pm

    Micky, who just made a tasteless joke making fun of the death of a child in the town park on the story about the open day at the Islamic Centre.

    Everybody should go and look at this to see what kind of a person he is.

  12. JerryFromQueens   June 15, 2018 at 6:40 pm

    People that make fun of the death of a child shouldn’t be allowed on this site.

  13. MickyB77   June 16, 2018 at 6:46 am

    That was no joke,idiot that you are.
    Harlow councillors or stewards, should be on hand whenever they allow a fun–fair or any other devices in the borough, to make sure that they are safe.
    Really are the pits, trying to gain an edge over the death of a child.

    This is how low these MOMENTUM fanatics can be.

  14. JerryFromQueens   June 16, 2018 at 9:12 am

    Idiot eh? When you’re in a hole Micky, switch off the JCB.

    Well the moderator of this site found it offensive enough to take down. What do you think about that?

  15. JerryFromQueens   June 16, 2018 at 9:19 am

    I know what people using this site are thinking. They’re sick of the to-ing and fro-ing between me and Skeletor.

    So I hereby challenge Micky to a debate. A hustings, if you will. Or a dance-off whatever you choose, bro.

  16. tenpin   June 16, 2018 at 5:43 pm

    Well I would pay to see this and I expect a lot of people would if well advertised. Say a couple of quid entry, money collected to go to a local charity. The idea of local hustings was suggested about a month ago, perhaps they could be held in locations across the town to help attract people to attend.

  17. JerryFromQueens   June 16, 2018 at 5:52 pm

    Come on then Micky, let’s put some hustle behind this muscle. As you can see, the public demands it.

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