#ScotLab19: The weekend ahead in Dundee
For the second time in two years Scottish Labour annual conference returns to Dundee this weekend, but what can members expect to see at the second party conference under Richard Leonard’s leadership?
The bulk of conference will be dominated by speeches and debates, discussing the party’s policies for the year to come. This year will focus on a number of issues including housing and Brexit.
Newly elected SEC member Lina Nass will be Scottish Young Labour’s delegate to conference, and will be speaking on Friday about the issues that matter to young people.
Nass told The Red Robin that “I’m really looking forward to discuss radical policy on housing in Scotland, and a lively debate on how to rebuild our economy for the many, not the few,” adding, “I’m also excited to speak to conference about the amazing things our young members have done in the past year, and what policies Scottish Labour has to focus on to build our youth membership up to the levels seen in the rest of the UK.”
The keynote speakers include Jeremy Corbyn, Richard Leonard and John McDonnell, who will rally members and trade unionists as they head towards a crucial few years fighting austerity, and in the run up to the 2021 Scottish Elections
Throughout the weekend however there will also be fringes with more in-depth political discussion from the likes of Scottish Young Labour, The Morning Star, and Campaign for Socialism.
Scottish Young Labour’s “‘Politicising the Youth’ turning young people into socialists” fringe will feature a panel of former and current youth activists including Councillor Martin Lennon, the recently re-elected SEC member Ann Henderson, Unite Youth and Students Co-Chair Stella Rooney, and will be chaired by SYL’s BAME officer Enas Magzoub. Speaking to the Red Robin, Enas said “It’s important that young people are not merely seen as door knocking machines, we have seen what a strong active youth wing can achieve, and hopefully this fringe can start a conversation about socialist young people organising in their communities”
Alongside the political debate and education, there’s also a more light hearted side the conference. After a long day of votes and speeches members can tune up their vocal chords for “Sing for Socialism” karaoke, hosted by Scottish Young Labour and Scottish Labour Students.