YI Membership breaks 2.5K
Young Independence is delighted to announce that membership has hit a record high of 2,569 this week. We have seen an increase of over 700 members since the start of March this year.
Thomas Hoof, YI Deputy Chairman has said: “This growth shows that UKIP is now resonating with the youth of our country, our Young Independence membership has now reached over 2500 and is the fastest growing youth wing out of any other party. This is fantastic news for all of UKIP and reaffirms that if you want real change in our country UKIP is the home for you.”
If you want to join the UK Independence Party and are under twenty-two, you can join for only £2.00 a year!
Young Independence London’s Secretary Jack Duffin has been confirmed as UKIP’s first ever NUS (National Union of Students) Presidential candidate.
Duffin, 22, is UKIP’s Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Uxbridge & South Ruislip. He will be running his NUS campaign under the banner “make the NUS about education”.
Jack Duffin said: “It is an honour to be the first UKIP delegate to an NUS conference, let alone a candidate for President.
“I intend to campaign on subjects such as restoring grammar schools as a means of social mobility, vocational training for youngsters and addressing the cost of living.
“My intention is to put the UKIP argument on education across to as many young people as possible. I truly believe that UKIP is the real voice for those who are young and aspirational, no matter what their background.”
thanks to Jack Grove at T.H.E for this
NUS president Toni Pearce to face challenge from Ukip activist
13 FEBRUARY 2014 | BY JACK GROVE
ULU vice-president and NUS black students’ officer also on ballot
A UK Independence Party activist and a prominent anti-cuts campaigner are to challenge current National Union of Students president Toni Pearce for the organisation’s leadership.
Jack Duffin, secretary of Ukip’s youth wing Young Independence and a prospective parliamentary candidate for Uxbridge and South Ruislip, is one of four candidates on the ballot for president at this year’s national elections.
Mr Duffin, says he is contesting the NUS leadership because “education in this country is sub standard at best and declining”.
Another candidate is the University of London Union vice-president Daniel Lemberger-Cooper, a former student union president at Royal Holloway, University of London, who has been a high-profile campaigner against privatisation, cuts and the closure of ULU’s student union.
Mr Lemberger-Cooper hit the headlines last year when he was arrested after complaining about police searches of students attending a freshers’ week event at Royal Holloway’s Egham campus in September.
Aaron Kiely, NUS’s black students’ officer, is also running for the NUS leadership, though Toni Pearce is the overwhelming favourite to retain the presidency when votes are cast at the NUS national conference in Liverpool in April.
More pertinent to universities could be the race to succeed Rachel Wenstone whose two-year term as vice-president (higher education) has come to an end.
Ms Wenstone has tended to represent the NUS on higher education matters, with Ms Pearce having a greater focus on further education.
That contest will involve a choice between the president of Aberdeen University Students’ Association, Megan Dunn, and Tom Flynn, vice-president (education) at the University of Bristol Union.
thanks to UKIP Daily for this :-
Young Independence Chairman Rob Comley looks back at a year in which YI more than doubled its membership – and looks ahead to 2014.
2013 was a long year for Young Independence (YI), as well as myself. The year started out with YI arguably broken in two, but finishing with a united youth wing fighting for the same goal – to win the 2014 European Elections and to see Britain’s exit from the EU.
When I first became Caretaker Chairman of YI I must admit that I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I had been on the council for no longer than three months when I was asked to look after the on goings, but once I had made YI ‘a little bit of Rob’ I found it difficult to part from the position and consequently ran for the official Chair position, in which I was successful in being elected.
Then started the hard work. I had three main goals – to finish my term with over 2,000 members, to expand UKIPs’ university presence and to ensure YI was accessible to all. With the YI elections fast approaching and with candidates putting their names forward from the 2nd February, I am happy to tell you that the membership to date is around 1,700 – just short of my target, but a huge increase of just under 150% increase from the 700 members we knew about at the end of 2013.
We spent a long summer preparing leaflets, shipping them off to universities and setting up UKIP societies. In the majority of universities we received a warm welcome and came out with 16 fully ratified societies and 48 others with some sort of UKIP presence – a good basis to be going on with. The most successful has to be Marc Hales’ UWE society, which I was invited to talk at in October. The society had started from scratch in September, but managed to pick up over forty members and now has a regular meeting with guest speakers – what Marc has done is truly amazing and I wish to thank him publically for all his hard work.
Making YI accessible to all has probably been the most challenging of my targets – it is next to impossible to keep everybody happy and there is always someone, somewhere who feels a little left out. However, we tried our best to spread action days and events around the country, and over the past twelve months YI have visited London, Chester, Birmingham, Newcastle, Bristol, Great Yarmouth, Glasgow and Brussels, with opportunities to get involved in local action days and university campaigns in even more locations.
If I had to pin-point my favourite part of the year I would have to say the first annual Young Independence conference and ball back in September, with over 120 guests, the majority who had never been to a UKIP event before and some as young as fourteen. It was truly amazing to see so many young faces in one room who have had enough of the same old Conservative and Labour governments letting the youths of today down and truly believe UKIP can change their future.
Sadly, I am going to take this opportunity to say that I will not be standing for any YI positions come February – a mixture of University, work and my local 2014 council campaign have taken over my life recently and I have found less and less time to complete the day to day duties required to make the fastest growing youth wing even more successful.
But on to the future – what do I believe YI needs now? YI needs a chairman with the same passion and desire as I to make the youth wing the biggest and most productive in the country, but someone who has the time on their hands to do it all day, every day. It needs someone with new ideas to engage members, not just at election time but the whole year around. In my eyes, YI is the most modern youth wing of them all and this is what will attract young people to it – if you build it, they will come.
I have had an interesting, sometimes stressful, but always exciting year as your YI chairman. I thank you for your continued support, and here’s to 2014; the year UKIP could win the European elections and truly give hope to thousands of young people in the UK who feel the government have left them down and forgotten them.
Michael Heaver of “Young Independence”