Why No Platform is broken… and how we can fix it.

Leeds University Union’s No Platform policy was renewed two weeks ago at one of their Better Union forums but a motion to extend it to the student newspaper was sent to referendum. The reason for the second motion was an interview that was published with Griffin in Leeds Student a month ago, which caused a massive controversy on campus because it didn’t technically break the No Platform policy. The whole controversy, though, I think exposes exactly why the policy is broken as it currently stands.

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It’s one of those things that every Lib Dem was dreading to hear: that, even with months of campaigning, their candidate had lost to the Labour candidate. Not more was the hurt felt in Headingley two weeks ago.¬†We – as in Leeds Liberal Youth – had been campaigning hard since last September to ensure that the then-incumbent councillor, Jamie Matthews, was re-elected. Jamie was a superb councillor, and was a better pick to represent students than the Labour candidate. Even after tuition fees. When thousands of students had problems with their internet connection, Labour, with a majority on the council, were nowhere to be seen. But Jamie carved out the niche of the “councillor who took on Virgin Media”.

I use the past tense, because he lost. By 32 votes. Continue reading “Headingley”

Leeds University Union election 2012!

You may remember last year I did a bunch of scientificesque posts about which candidates I’d vote for in the LUU executive election last year. In retrospect, that’s not really the best way to decide to vote for: it’s better to inspect the candidates beyond a twenty-or-so questions. The candidates are on LUU’s website, so without further ado… Continue reading “Leeds University Union election 2012!”