The Left did well in the elections for national executive seats in the lecturers’ UCU union.
The percentage vote for UCU Left candidates was slightly higher this year compared to previous NEC elections.
Given a recent campaign of red-baiting against members of the SWP in particular this is an encouraging outcome. Overall, UCU Left supporters gained around 40 percent of the vote.
Jim Wolfreys, the UCU Left candidate for vice president, did not win against Simon Renton—but he did get 40 percent of the vote.
The UCU Left and other good left candidates won 21 of the 35 seats up for election this year.
Encouragingly, several sitting UCU Left candidates substantially increased their votes.
In the Higher Education section, left candidates won four of the seven seats.
And we won all the seats in the Further Education section, where the right did not feel able to put up any candidates.
The results from the election are good, but there is no room for complacency. The UCU Left must work to develop even stronger local and regional organisation.