Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Abi Clargo

Co-Chief Labour writer

I’m Abi! I am a liberal, political enthusiast from the Welsh valleys. Since I was young, I have been captivated by politics. I used to spend so much time watching the morning news before school, and have paid close attention to political campaigns for as long as I can remember. It was a lot later that I decided I wanted to pursue politics academically. Now, I have just finished my second year studying Politics and International Relations at the University of Exeter.

Through my degree I have been given ample opportunity to explore different areas of politics and international relations. I have largely explored democracies, gender equality, and global political conflict – all of which are very different key interests of mine.

I have always been a very liberal person. Equality and justice form the basis of all of my political beliefs and opinions. Like I said, anyone who knows me can vouch for this. I have always been aware of inequality in the world, and have paid particular attention to female inequality and the privileges of the middle/upper class. It is issues such as these that consolidated my support for the Labour Party; I believe this party truly epitomises equal opportunities, whether that be through their education policy proposals or mental health initiatives. This, then, is probably no shock to anyone – I am a Remainer.

Additionally, living in the Welsh valleys my entire life has provided me with an interest in issues of devolution and has proved just how important devolution is in democratic political systems. I have also worked for my local Labour MP, Chris Evans, which opened my eyes to how much bigger decisions truly effect smaller communities across the UK.

Ultimately, I am a very liberal Labour supporter, supporting issues of equality and justice, whether that be across Wales, the UK, or the rest of the world.

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