Jennifer Jones, a member of Goldsmiths Student Respect and president of Goldsmiths Stop the War Coalition responds to an attempt to exclude Student Respect groups from sending delegates to this year’s national Respect conference. Last year student groups were encouraged to play an important role in the conference.
‘I think the attempt to exclude Student Respect delegations from the annual conference is really unfair.
This is discrimination – if there are people who don’t want SWP members to come to the conference then they should say so openly.
I want to be at the conference to discuss the future of the organisation I am in.
It is a shame that people don’t want to capitalise on the success of what Respect has done in the colleges.
Student Respect is vitally important with the current attacks on democracy in the NUS. Myself and another Respect member are running as NUS delegates – our campaigns are diminished if we don’t have a strong organisation.
I love Respect – please let’s save it. I used to support the Lib Dems until I saw that Respect was actively campaigning on issues I believe in.
I saw Respect doing things – organising campaigns and meetings.
I was proud of the Student Respect banners on the recent protest against the war.
There are many critics of George Galloway. I have always defended him in the past but he should be worried about alienating people like me.
Students are such an important part of Respect. We are a central part of the future of the organisation.
Student Respect groups should be allowed to send delegates to conference.’
Jennifer Jones writes in a personal capacity