When Jeremy Corbyn decided to stand for the Labour leadership in 2015, Liam Young – then just 19 years old – knew this was a watershed moment for the party and for young people across the country. In his new book Rise Liam offers a fascinating insider account of how the youth movement in the Labour Party galvanised a nation and how he saw Jeremy Corbyn inspire young people to demand a new kind of socialism.
Liam was one of the first to campaign for Jeremy Corbyn in 2015, explaining how the new leader would energise the youth vote and bring forward a new kind of politics. While many commentators questioned Corbyn’s actions, Young wrote about how his policies would work and be hugely popular. He harnessed the power of social media and is emerging as one of the most influential voices on the left for his generation and beyond.
Liam Young is a writer and political activist, who has written for the Independent and the New Statesman – he joins us in the bookshop to talk about a new kind of socialism, and the politics of Corbyn’s Labour party. Commended by Owen Jones and Paul Mason, Rise offers a manifesto for the future and a call to action for anyone who believes it should be possible to create a better, fairer Britain.