|Consultation:||Young Greens AGM 2019|
|Agenda item:||E Nominations|
E5: Alexander Nettle
- Which role are you applying for?:
- Non-Portfolio Officer
The UK is at a turning point of political engagement, with young people at the absolute forefront. Frequently our streets are filling with young people singing from a similar hymn sheet as us. This gives us a unique opening as Young Greens to prove our relevance, our long term commitment to the planet and our readiness to stand up for young people who are too often ignored by the leadership of the major parties.
I am going into my third year of university in Birmingham, and since joining the Greens in 2014 I have packed in plenty of Party activity. I have been involved in activity at all levels, from leafleting, canvassing and social media campaigning to radio and TV appearances such as on Sunday Politics Midlands. I am going into a second year as Co-Chair of the Green Students at the university, and am now part of Ellie Chowns MEP’s regional office, working to maximise her youth engagement. Finally, I am a graduate of the 30 under 30 scheme, which taught me a huge amount about various different aspects of representing the Green Party. These combined experiences place me well to work on the Young Greens executive committee.
As a non-portfolio officer I would like to focus on the performing side of our media engagement. The opportunity to go on Sunday Politics Midlands was a brilliant one, and I would like to see more of our representatives, including Co-Chairs, get the chance to be in the public eye. To assist this, and to prepare Young Greens who might not have had formal training to do this, I would aim to produce a media advice document outlining dos and don’ts of media appearances. A support network of public speakers would be useful for feedback, media contacts and promotion. This network could also involve similar tactics to those previously used, such as maximising ‘apptivists’ and utilising the skills of campaigning school graduates.
We also need to be ready for a general election, which this network will be useful for. As parliamentary prospective candidates are being decided upon we need to be ready to identify the Young Green candidates and communicate with the local press, producing ‘press releases’ for each one with basic information about them and their campaign. This could be mimicked for elected Young Green representatives, helping them to focus more closely on their council (or parliamentary) work while some media work is done for them.
Furthermore, I would like to see the Young Green website have a revamped policy section, a permanent youth manifesto based on PSS policies with a youth focus. This would provide a quick and easy way for Young Greens to identify our specific focuses and political intentions, especially useful when representing us in the media.
Overall, I am a candidate with relevant experience of organisation, of party structures and working with elected politicians. I have taken part in Green activity at most levels of the party, and am now ready to work on the Executive Committee.
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- Supporter 1 Name:
- Charis Bartley
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- Supporter 2 Name:
- Jody Davies
- Supporter 2 Local Party/Affiliated Group:
- Wyre Forest