Further to Monday’s packed and animated Roundtable event held in the Houses of Parliament Doug Nicholls, Chair of Chooseyouth, has written as follows:
Just a big thank you to all those who were able to attend the Chooseyouth event in Parliament on Monday. Thanks also to those who were with us in spirit but unable to attend.
We are going to have to be focused and organised over the coming year to win. We will send out some briefings to assist with campaigning.
In the meantime here are the action points we suggested at the meeting that would really help.
1. Declare your individual and or organisational support for Chooseyouth if you have not already done so by writing simply to Kerry Jenkins at firstname.lastname@example.org. It doesn’t cost anything and your name will simply be listed as a supporter.
2. As soon as you can write to your MP whoever they are and ask them if they support a statutory Youth Service. Let Chooseyouth know what they say.
3 In May write to your MP and ask them if they will be supporting the Ten Minute Bill on the Youth Service.
4 Immediately write to Angela Raynor MP requesting that the Youth Service be made statutory and put within the National Education Service that Labour is proposing.
5 Get ready to lobby your MP again and get busy on Social Media when the Ten Minute Rule Bill is put on June 6th by Lloyd Russell Moyle MP.
6 Write immediately to Cat Smith MP who is consulting on the implementation of a statutory youth service, saying you support a statutory youth service and giving any reasons why and what it might look like.
All of this will make a difference at this critical time.
Thanks very much.
General Federation of Trade Unions.