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Liberal Youth Scotland
President Kristian Chapman
Treasurer James Cleves
Founded 2008 (in current form)
Headquarters 4 Clifton Terrace, Edinburgh, EH12 5DR
Mother party Scottish Liberal Democrats

Liberal Youth Scotland is the youth and students wing of the Scottish Liberal Democrats. Reformed from the Scottish Young Liberal Democrats in 2008, the organisation has taken a prominent role in party conferences[1][2]. Kristian Chapman is currently President, having succeeded Ruaraidh Dobson in 2010.

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Launch

In November 2008, an interim committee was elected including Tom Maidwell as President, Ruaraidh Dobson as Vice-President, Anna Rothwell as Treasurer and Ailsa McGregor as Secretary. This committee saw the group through its successful launch event at the Scottish Liberal Democrats Conference Spring 2009 in Perth. At this conference, LYS submitted two motions, one on the Minimum Income Guarantee for students, and one on investigating the ban on homosexual and bisexual men from giving blood, both of which were passed overwhelmingly. Also, Ruaraidh Dobson picked up the award for best speech at conference, for his summation of the Minimum Income Guarantee motion.

Current Committee

As of March 2010, the office bearers of Liberal Youth Scotland are as follows:

Position Name
President Kristian Chapman
Vice-President of Campaigns Kieran Leach
Vice-President of Communications Callum Leslie
Secretary Kirsty Macleod
Treasurer James Cleves
Ordinary Executive Member Ross Stalker
Ordinary Executive Member Rebecca Witts
Ordinary Executive Member Sophie Bridger
Ordinary Executive Member Saskia Dunn
Ordinary Executive Member Stuart Rodger
Honorary President Vacant

A representative from every Liberal Youth Scotland branch is also entitled to sit on the Executive as a voting member.

This committee will serve until the group's AGM in March 2011.

Activity

On the 23rd of May 2009, Liberal Youth Scotland organised and staged a demonstration in support of Scott Rennie, the Clergyperson called to be Minister of Queen's Cross, Aberdeen, who's appointment was being challenged by a minority of the Aberdeen Presbytery who believed he should not take up the post on account of his homosexuality. The protest was staged outside the General Assembly Building of the Church of Scotland, where the Assembly were debating whether or not to uphold the Call from Queen's Cross Kirk and the Aberdeen Presbytery, and attracted around 80 demonstrators. At 10:34pm, after four hours of debate, the General Assembly voted to uphold the Call[3].

In late 2009, Liberal Youth Scotland and their federal counterparts campaigned against the Student Loans Company, the organisation who are responsible for allocating funding to students from England and Wales. The SLC failed to pay thousands of students, leaving University hardship funds depleted, and many students having no money to fund their studies. Liberal Youth Scotland held a protest outside the organisation's HQ in Glasgow, and succeeded in the campaign for resignations from some of the senior figures[4]

At the Scottish Liberal Democrats conference in March 2010, LYS once again succeeded in changing the party's policy, this time to call for equal marriage rights for all couples. The organisation also picked up the Ray Michie prize for membership, for recruitment at Fresher's Weeks around the country.

University Societies

All Liberal Democrat university societies within Scotland are affiliated to Liberal Youth.

List of Presidents

  • 2010-2011 - Kristian Chapman
  • 2009-2010 - Ruaraidh Dobson
  • 2008-2009 - Tom Maidwell

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