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NUS demonstration and opposition to bans

Issue No. 1967

The National Union of Students (NUS) executive met last week to discuss this year’s education funding campaign.

After lengthy debate, and despite the obvious reticence of NUS president Kat Fletcher, left wing executive members won the argument to call a national demonstration for free education.

However, on Friday of last week, at the launch of the NUS’s education funding campaign, Fletcher buckled in the face of heckling by right wing student union sabbatical officers.

She unilaterally decided to take the question back to the executive.

An emergency executive meeting is set to discuss the situation on Monday of next week.

Last week’s executive meeting also featured a heated debate on the NUS’s response to the proposed government ban on so called “extreme” Muslim organisations.

For the first time on an issue like this, there was broad agreement among those to the left of the Labour Party.

The NUS official stance is now to oppose the proposed state bans, to oppose racism and to point out the danger of Tony Blair targeting Muslim organisations.

Suzie Wylie NUS executive member (personal capacity)

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Sat 10 Sep 2005, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1967
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