joined labour to vote for corbyn in 2015 after doing a bit of really unenthusiastic doorstepping for miliband. don’t think I realised at the time how much inspirational potential we all had at that point. my politics have changed a lot since then and have reoriented outside of LP
organising. Still I don’t think we should underestimate how many young people (I was 18 at the time) have gone into trade union activism, student activism, housing activism and other solidarity activism’s because of the initial push from the corbyn campaign.
I only met corbyn once — back in 2015 during his leadership campaign. He’d had a massive rally in Liverpool the night before. I was on the train home from Liverpool after sleeping with a guy (now my bf) and had awful ‘walk of shame vibes’ about how I was dressed etc.
I sat down almost opposite JC too scared to say hi (not everyday you meet your political heroes at 18) and nervously glanced whilst he read a railway magazine. on a train. I plucked up the courage to say hi and that I’d be voting for him as my train neared my station.
@jeremycorbyn said thank you, that it was great to seem to have the support of so many young people, and asked what I cared about/ wanted the leadership of the Labour Party to do. Wishes me luck for starting uni and that was that as I had to get off.
We can obviously talk about everything that went (sometimes badly) wrong in the last 5 years but there was also a lot of good stuff. but now this thread is far too long than the single tweet I imagined so I’m gonna stop.