Labour’s lost youth: young people and the Labour Party’s youth sections

My article for the journal The Political Quarterly on the Labour Party’s youth sections.

Falling levels of membership and activism are threatening the Labour Party’s status as a mass party. This problem has to be seen in the context of growing disillusionment with formal politics in Britain, especially among young people. If Labour continues to fail in socialising future generations of members and activists into its mission, its fate will be sealed. This article examines Labour’s relationship with young people, with particular attention to the organisation of the Party’s youth sections. It utilises the results of original research into the attitudes of young members to diagnose the problem of young people in the Labour Party, and assesses the prospects of meaningful reform.

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