‘Is this the return of student radicalism?’ was how BBC Look North described Leeds University student union’s annual general meeting (AGM) on Thursday 8 February. Some 900 students turned up to debate the union’s ‘no platform for Nazis’ policy.
Two members of Leeds University’s Free Speech Society, Mark Collett and Chris Beverley, confirmed by Searchlight as being members of Nazi organisations, proposed a motion calling for the removal of the policy. The overwhelming majority of students voted to keep the ‘no platform’ policy. The AGM also voted unanimously to condemn the West’s bloody sanctions on Iraq.
Students at Glasgow University have forced the Student Representative Council (SRC) to discipline its race relations convenor, Philip Sands, after he wrote offensive letters to the Glasgow Herald. Comments in the letters included: ‘How insensitive of the army not to recruit the disabled! Given New Labour’s push to feminise and homosexualise our armed forces, surely it is only a matter of time before we have one-legged black lesbians hopping their way into battle.’ Campaigners lobbied an SRC meeting last week and presented a petition with 611 signatures calling for Sands to be sacked.
Over 80 students held a rally at Sussex University last week in support of students who were in occupation at Oxford University over tuition fees.
NUS WEEK OF ACTION AGAINST STUDENT POVERTY
Monday 26 February to Friday 2 March,
National one-day shutdown Thursday 1 March
Reballots have opened the way to bigger struggle