When Jeremy Corbyn decided to stand for the Labour leadership in 2015, Liam Young – then just 19 years old – was one of the first to campaign for him. Young was soon writing for the Independent and the New Statesman, 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.
In this Waterstones event, Young discusses his book Rise, an insider account of how the youth movement in the Labour Party galvanised a nation and a manifesto for the future addressed to anyone who believes it should be possible to create a better Britain.