Labour Students was founded over 45 years ago in order to help support the Labour Party recruit students to join the party and to mobilise students to vote Labour at election time.
Students in the Labour Party have been organising nationally in one form or another since the end of the Second World War. The National Association of Labour Student Organisations (NALSO) was formed in 1946, and helped Labour Students Clubs up and down the country to work together for the first time. However, in 1971 we were refounded as the National Organisation of Labour Students which was later shortended to just Labour Students in 1992.
Our history is one that we are proud of. Since our founding, Labour Students has worked prominently both within the wider Labour movement and in the student movement.
Since the start Labour Students has built a reputation of dedication to campaigning, and of being a strong voice in the student movement of the UK. A number of past members have gone on to hold positions in the National Union of Students, some have become parliamentarians and other politicians in later years, and others have gone on to work for charities or international organisations. Many of past members are part of our alumni network; Friends of Labour Students (FOLS).
Some former Labour Students Officers that have gone on to have successful parliamentary careers include:
Jack Straw, former Home Secretary, Foreign Secretary and Minister for Justice
Tom Watson, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party
Jonathan Ashworth, Shadow Secretary of State for Health
Jacqui Smith, first ever woman to become Home Secretary
Ellie Reeves, MP for Lewisham West & Penge