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Reading Young Labour


Reading Young Labour includes all members between the ages of 14 and 26. We meet regularly and campaign on both local and national issues that matter to young people across Reading. We work closely with the Reading University Labour Society, Reading Youth Council and local charities.

We have lots of upcoming meetings, campaigning and social events. Get in touch to find out more!

RYL Social Media

Twitter: @RDGYoungLabour
Facebook: Reading Young Labour
Instagram: @RDGYoungLabour
Snapchat: ryounglabour

Young Labour Executive Committee


Ellie Emberson - Youth Officer

Ellie Emberson is our Youth Officer, she is 20 years old and has lived in Reading her whole life. Ellie is currently Reading Borough Council’s youngest ever councillor in Minster ward.

Ellie has been involved in campaigning since 2014, first as Chair of Reading Youth Council and then as Youth MP for Reading. Ellie has campaigned on issues such as mental health education, a curriculum for life and Votes at 16.

Ellie was elected as Youth Officer in 2017 and was re-elected in 2018. Ellie is keen to continue the work of last year and work closely with the new Executive Committee to get more members involved.

Ellie’s contact details


Twitter @EllieEmberson

Instagram @Ellie.Emberson

Oliver White - Chair

Oliver joined the Labour Party for the 2015 leadership election, having previously been an active member of the Labour Party Society at the University of Hull.  Since moving back to Reading from postgraduate study at the London School of Economics, he has been appointed as an organizer for Thames and Peppard Ward of the North or the River Party. This was following the organization of Thames Ward’s 2018 local election campaign.  In his part-time work as a Caseworker, he has come to grips with the effect of national and local politics on the people of Reading.

Elliot Jones - Secretary

"Elliot has been an active member of the Labour Party since he was 16 and is a Reading native, having lived in Redlands ward his entire life. Now, at 21, he has just graduated from the University of Oxford where he was an active member of the Labour Club, helping to successfully take council seats from the Greens and retain a Labour MP in Oxford East. He is also a member of the Young Fabians, a think-tank affiliated with Labour, and spends his free-time writing about progressive technology and economic policy for the left."

Sasha Tyagi - Women’s Officer

Sasha tyagi has been a member of the Labour Party since she was 14 and has been interested in politics before that as well, supporting party policy on the left, feeling it’s the way forward. She is currently 15 years of age and lives in the Mapledurham Ward, having lived in Reading for almost her whole life. Sasha is also a part of the Youth Cabinet and is currently the Child Trust Board representative for the organization and works to improve the lives of young people via this organization as well Young Labour, campaigning for improved mental health facilities in schools and the need for work experience hubs for young people as well as her school Amnesty and Eco council, campaigning for a better world for everyone. She is passionate about women’s rights and believes that through the Labour Party and its open and modern policies, she can truly make a difference for the lives of young women across the UK and especially to the young women of Reading.

Gwen Perry - Membership & Campaign’s officer

Hi I’m Gwen, I’m 21 years old & I’m Reading Young Labour’s Membership & Campaign’s officer!

I got into politics since I was little, attending demonstrations like the 2013 G8 in London & attending Cardiff Labour branch meetings with my mam. Since then, I’ve volunteered with Cardiff Central Labour Party, campaigning for MP Jo Steven’s vote & canvassing for the 2017 General Election.

I wanted to extend my passion for politics and the Labour Party from the heart of Wales to Reading, which is where I study & have been living for 3 years. I love Reading to pieces, it’s become my home and I want to see this town thrive & get more young people here involved in the community.

Since becoming RYL’s Membership & Campaign’s officer, I’ve helped out at the NHS 70th birthday stall on Oxford Road & attended various meetings to help improve RYL. I want to see Reading Young Labour grow & for us to engage more and more in politics and local affairs.

We’re a bright bunch, and I think we can do so much!

Young Labour Posts

International Day of Democracy

By Gwen Perry | 16/09/2018

What is the International Day of Democracy? The International Day of Democracy, observed by all United Nations member states, is a day to celebrate and promote the values, ideologies & importance of democracy worldwide. The day is on the 15th of September every year, and the international community celebrates for democracy. Quick History Lesson –…

Two Young Labour Members going to conference

By RDLPadmin | 25/03/2018

Reading District and Labour Party met Thursday 15 March to discuss conference arrangements for the 2018 Labour conference which is to be held in Liverpool. The executive committee made the decision based on reports from delegates who attended conference in 2017 to select a male and female delegate to represent the Reading West CLP and…

Reading Young Labour Endorsements for Youth Elections

By Ellie Emberson | 24/02/2018

Reading Young Labour, having reviewed the candidates statements and met with a number of those standing, have decided to endorse the following candidates:   National Executive Committee Representative Lara McNeill   National Chair of Young Labour Miriam Mirwitch   International Officer Mohammed Ahmed   Under 19’s Officer Etan Waller   South East Regional Representative Alana…

Primary School Budget Cuts

By Emma Fishwich | 18/02/2018

The education system has changed dramatically within the last 20 years. Teachers and schools are now held wholly responsible for children’s progress. With an expectation that schools should be teaching children a broad and balanced curriculum alongside giving them experiences outside of the everyday. As a primary school teacher working in an Outstanding Academy school…

Young Labour January Meeting

By Ellie Emberson | 21/01/2018

Young Labour members met on Saturday 13th January for their monthly meet up. There were 12 young members present, a record! We discussed the NHS demonstration taking place on Gower Street in London on Saturday 3rd February and highlighted our desire to get involved. Young members came up with various ideas for correx boards so…

Democracy Review: Young Labour

By RDLPadmin | 14/01/2018

Reading Young Labour would like to input the following points into the Democracy Review: ·        Young Labour needs proper funding for staff. Despite being a huge part of the Labour Party and being the future of the Party, there is currently only one paid worker who works part time for Young Labour. Whilst Young Labour…

Young Labour December Meet Up

By Ellie Emberson | 08/01/2018

It was decided amongst the young members that having a meeting the day after the social was a bad idea and Reading Young Labour voted against this happening in the future. Young Labour discussed having an event with young members where speakers could attend and understand more about how the party works and how to…

We’ve proven we are ready, now give us the vote

By Ellie Emberson | 27/10/2017

  A week today a private members bill will go into its second reading. Labour’s Jim McMahon MP is proposing the ‘Young People’s Enfranchisement and Education Bill’ which will see the voting age lowered to 16. He collaborated with Oldham Youth Council to create the Bill. At present 314 MPs support extending the franchise to…

Young members meet before All Members Meeting

By RDLPadmin | 21/10/2017

Youth Collaboration

By RDLPadmin | 15/10/2017

Yesterday, RDLP’ Youth Officer, Ellie Emberson, met with Bracknell’s Youth Officer, Saffron Yau-Karim, for lunch to discuss working together to engage young people in the party.

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