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Students' NUS to call national protest

by Mark Bergfeld, NUS NEC (pc)
Issue No. 2301

The National Union of Students (NUS) conference in Sheffield last week was a success for the left.

Delegates overwhelmingly voted for a national demonstration in the autumn term against fees, cuts and privatisation as well as a day of walkouts in further education.

Neither NUS president Liam Burns nor any other full-time officer will be able to argue that there is no clear mandate for action.

Conference also voted to call for universities minister David Willetts to resign – a far cry from when he was invited to open the new NUS headquarters in 2010.

NUS also hardened up its position on defending the right to protest.

And a left candidate was elected to a full-time officer position. The union’s current LGBT officer Vicki Baars will be its next vice president for union development. This breakthrough sends a clear signal that students want a fighting and campaigning union. 

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Tue 1 May 2012, 16:40 BST
Issue No. 2301
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