Over the last couple of years, Young Labour — set up in 1993 to replace the old Labour youth wing wound up to get rid of Militant (now the Socialist Party) — has begun to show a little spark and crackle.
Labour's apparatchiks have responded by reshaping Young Labour annual conference to make it harder for dissent to be heard.
Under-27 Labour activists can get to the next conference, in Leicester on 2-3 March 2013, only by becoming a delegate from an entire region (London, the South West, whatever), or a national trade union — or a university Labour Club.
The university Labour Clubs are weak, but more right-wing than Young Labour. Each Labour Club can send delegates, but now no local Labour Party or Young Labour group can.
Nominations for national positions in Young Labour close on 19 December, and the ballot for them will be between 21 January and 21 February.