As you know, the North West TUC has launched a Charter for Young People which has already won the support of both Blackpool and Manchester city councils, Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson, as well as the Voluntary Sector in the North West.
We are now keen to step up the campaign, especially in those Coalition-held constituencies which we have already been targeting - Blackpool North & Cleveleys, Morecambe and Lunesdale, Lancaster & Fleetwood; Weaver Vale and Warrington South; Burnley, Pendle, Rossendale & Darwen; Manchester Withington, Hazel Grove and Cheadle. So far in these constituencies, only the Lib Dem MP for Burnley has supported the campaign and signed the petition.
As a first step, we would like campaigners to email your local MP, especially if they are in the above constituencies, asking them to support the Charter. We would also encourage letters to all MPs, regardless of Party affiliation. We would obviously like to be informed of their response.
There is a Model Letter to MPs available for download on our web site at http://www.nwtucforafuturethatworks.org.uk/2012/10/the-north-west-tuc-has-launched-a-charter-for-young-people/ together with a link to your MPs contact details.
Please feel free to localise and personalise the letter to your own constituency.
Secondly, in the Coalition constituencies which we are targeting, we would like to encourage and support lobbies of local MPs and their advice surgeries. We can supply campaign materials, media advice and support.
Thirdly, we have also written, more than once, to Labour leaders in the following councils – Morecambe, Lancaster; Cheshire West and Chester, Warrington; Burnley, Pendle, Hyndburn, Rossendale; Stockport; asking for their support and for them to submit a motion incorporating the Charter in a council resolution. We would also suggest that you might like to write to these Labour leaders asking them to support a resolution to make the North West TUC Charter their council’s policy. Again, a Model Resolution to Council Leaders is available as above.
Youth unemployment is worsening by the month. Asking elected representatives for support for policies which will help give our young generation new hope and opportunity is the least we can do.