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LIBERAL YOUTH TO NUS: RECONSIDER ONE MEMBER ONE VOTE
Liberal Youth for some time have promoted reform of the National Union of Students, particularly the way their elections take place.
In a matter of hours of NUS elections closing universities such as Oxford, York, Hull and East Anglia all began discussions about leaving the NUS. Liberal Youth believes that reforming the NUS to make it more representative and inclusive would avoid these discussions of disaffiliation from the NUS, which universities have started.
Charlie Kingsbury, co-chair of Liberal Youth, commented “The NUS was created to represent the whole student community in the United Kingdom, however it is apparent over recent years that the NUS has lost touch with the very people it claims to represent”.
"As Liberals Democrats we fundamentally believe in and promote democracy. However elections in the NUS are far from democratic, as currently only delegates at the NUS conference are eligible to vote.”
“When NUS can elect their president with 400 votes, despite representing 7 million individual students, how can Malia Bouattia claim to have a mandate to act in their name."
“We recognise and applaud the work that the NUS have done, particularly in regards to LGBT+ advocacy, but we feel their work can be extended with the simple adoption of one member one vote which enables all members of NUS to vote, not just delegates of their conference”
“Recently the Liberal Democrats adopted one member one vote and we encourage NUS to do the same. Liberal Youth would be happy to provide guidance and advice to them if they want to explore the option further” added Charlie.