Labour League of Youth
aged 14, I was a member of the now defunct
Labour League of Youth, we used to help out with canvassing, addressing
envelopes, do collections at meetings and other such tasks to help out at
They also taught
you public speaking. At meetings,
they would ask you to write a subject down on a piece of paper
and put the questions in a hat. You
selected one and were then asked to speak on the
subject for 2 minutes - quite daunting for a kid.
I only joined to get off the streets and have something to do.
I met the late Lord Hoy.
On being demobbed from the army as a sergeant,
he was elected MP with
the Labour landslide victory just after the war, I remember marching in
the street with banners shouting 'Hoys the Boy'."