Why Run for Welsh Exec? Q&A with Charlie Kingsbury

With nominations for the 2020 Welsh Young Liberals Executive now open, we reached out to Charlie Kingsbury to share his experience of being on exec.

Charlie was Vice Chair and Treasurer of IR Cymru (previous name of Welsh Young Liberals), before serving as co-Vice Chair during the 2015 GE and then co-Chair of Federal Young Liberals. During his time on exec, Charlie helped to introduce Action Weekends around the UK and rebrand the organisation. He is now Mayor of Aberystwyth, and represents Penparcau on the town's council.

Don’t forget that you have until the 8th October to get your nominations in!

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Young Liberals leading in local government

This week 2 former Welsh Young Liberals exec members have taken on leadership roles in local government.

Cllr Rhys Taylor, former WYL Policy Officer, representing Gabalfa and Mynachdy, has been elected as the new Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats on Cardiff City Council.

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Black Lives Matter - we should not stay silent

We stand in solidarity with the black lives matter movement and those fighting for justice. 

There is more we can all do to stand up to injustice and challenge racism. It's on all of us.

We encourage you to take some time today to listen to and elevate black and other ethnic minority voices and start building a habit of doing so. Please share the resources we share directly from the sources we quote, and not our posts on it.

Here are some good places to start:

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Votes at 16 in Wales

Next year’s Senedd elections will be the first in which 16 and 17 year olds and legally resident foreign nationals are allowed to vote in Wales, in a major expansion of the franchise following the Senedd and Elections (Wales) Act 2020.

This is a major step forward for Wales, although work still needs to be done to ensure that young people are heard at all levels of government.

With so many decisions taken now having a direct impact on young people's future, it is crucial that the politicians of today listen to young people and act. Welsh Young Liberals Chair, Chloe Hutchinson said "From the climate emergency to Brexit, to the long term recovery from COVID-19, it is young people that will be most severely affected. I hope this change means that their voices are listened to."

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Everything you need to know about the by-elections!

Nominations for the Welsh Young Liberal by-elections are now open. The deadline for nominations is 11:59pm on the 7th June. Voting will open on the 8th June, and close at 12pm on the 18th June. 

 There are vacancies for:

  • Policy Officer
  • Campaigns Officer
  • Communications Officer 

To apply, please e-mail wales@youngliberals.uk with your name, membership number, and a PDF of your manifesto. We especially welcome applications from those from diverse backgrounds and fluent Welsh speakers.

Manifestos can be up to 2 sides of A4, for both an English and Welsh version. You can read more about the roles here and see examples of past manifestos here. If you want to discuss the roles further, please contact the exec by e-mail or social media. Campaigning must not begin before the close of nominations.

You are welcome to campaign in the Welsh Young Liberals Facebook group and use the hashtag #WYLelects on Twitter.

Cllr Liz Evans is our Returning Officer and can be contacted at wales@youngliberals.uk

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Join the Welsh YL Exec!

Got a flare for policy, social media and design, or do you fancy yourself as a change maker?  Welsh Young Liberals have achieved some fantastic things in the party, and now it's your chance to join the team!

We are holding by-elections for the Policy, Campaigns, and Communications Officers on the Welsh Young Liberals exec, ahead of elections for the full committee in November. With coronavirus and a critical set of Senedd elections next year, it is more important than ever that the voices of young people are heard in the party

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We've updated our website!

Our website has been a little bit neglected recently, so what better time to tidy it up a bit than now! We've updated all our exec pages, made finding important guides and documents easier, brought back the news section, and created a new page to celebrate our achievements.

But we still need your help! We know that our members and groups do fantastic things and we want to highlight that.

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Welsh Leadership Election!

The Welsh Liberal Democrats are holding an election to elect a new leader for the party. This election could prove vital to the future of the Welsh Party as, following disappointing results in both the local and general elections, a fresh new vision and drive is need to take the Welsh Lib Dems into the coming years and the next elections. Who are you backing?

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The leadership election is coming

The Liberal Democrats are holding a leadership election this summer and we're encouraging all members to get involved. It's an important part of our party's future. We have 5 years of a Tory majority government, and we need a leader that will reinvigorate Liberalism in Britain. Who are you backing?

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Wanted: 2016 Executive

Do you want to be a part of the team to lead Liberal Youth Wales into the 2016 Welsh Assembly elections? Got a flare for policy, social media and IT whizz, or do you fancy yourself as a change maker? Take a look at what's on offer.

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