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NUS 2017 – left suffers avoidable defeat

29th June 2017

NUS National Conference 2017

In April 2017 the left wing of the National Union of Students (NUS) lost the Presidency, having held the post for one year. Malia Bouattia was defeated in her bid for re-election and the NUS right wing have retaken the top officer position in NUS, alongside a majority on the leadership team.

It is vital for the left in the student movement to analyse accurately the reasons for this defeat and draw the lessons, as otherwise mistakes will be repeated and the left will fail to take advantage of the advances of the left in society as a whole reflected in the Corbyn leadership of the Labour Party and its advance at the General Election.

The first step is to understand that this defeat for the left was entirely unnecessary; student politics has not shifted rightwards this past year, nor was the NUS National Conference dominated by the right wing. Left wing motions for free education, against cuts and austerity, against racism and the Islamophobic Prevent agenda, among other issues, were passed with large majorities. Therefore the conclusion must be drawn that the left failed to unite the broad layers of students who support free education and oppose austerity, racism and war behind their candidates in the election. Radicalised students were confused and divided at the Conference and did not rally behind the incumbent left leadership.

How students in Canterbury ended over 100 years of Tory rule

12th June 2017

Kent Labour students

At Thursday's General Election, in seats across the country, students and young people mobilised to oust right wing politicians and secure gains for the Labour Party. One of the most spectacular successes was in Canterbury, where students mobilised in force to win the seat for Labour for the first time ever. University of Kent student activist Douglas Carr was central to the campaign on campus and explains what happened.

Vote Labour on June 8th – for free education, for the many not the few!

7th June 2017

By Barbara Ntumy and Myriam Kane, NUS NEC and NUS NEC-Elect

Tomorrow, Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party are giving us the opportunity to vote for a different kind of politics which will make students, young people and indeed the overwhelming majority of society much better off.

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Elect a fighting NUS – vote Malia, Myriam and the left at #NUSnc17

26th April 2017

Re-elect Malia

Students need a fighting NUS to take on the Tories, cuts, austerity, hard Brexit and racism. We need an NUS that stands for free education, liberation and defending students against the enormous attacks we are facing from the Tory government.

Re-elect Malia and reject the NUS governance review

20th April 2017

NUS Conference 2016

At this year's forthcoming NUS National Conference the number one task for the left is to ensure the re-election of Malia Boauttia as NUS President. Malia's election last year was a historic victory, the first Black woman and the first Muslim to win this position in NUS’ history. Malia was elected on a platform of supporting free education, fighting the cuts, championing liberation and equality, fighting all forms of racism, opposing war and tackling climate change. Securing her re-election is the priority for the left.

Also at this year's conference there are proposals being put forward to change NUS' internal democratic arrangements. There is some confusion, including on the left, about the character of the suggested changes. So it is necessary for the proposals to be given serious examination. Should these proposals be implemented NUS’ capacity to defend students would be significantly weakened, so they need to be rejected.

Re-elect Malia Bouattia as NUS President

19th April 2017

Malia Bouattia

Malia Bouattia is seeking re-election as NUS National President at next week’s NUS National Conference. Student Broad Left urges delegates to vote Malia next week.

We need a fighting NUS that takes on the Tories, opposes austerity and relentlessly defends education. As NUS National President Malia has started to turn NUS around from an organisation which has spent the past 20 years supporting tuition fees and failing to defend students from huge attacks into a new movement demanding free education for all.

Save Kelechi: asylum seekers should not be deported!

29th March 2017

Save Kelechi

Kelechi is an activist in the NUS Black Students' and Disabled Students' Campaigns and an asylum seeker who came to the UK out of fear for her life in Nigeria, as a wheelchair-using disabled woman suffering mental health issues.

The Home Office has rejected her plea to remain in the UK, stating her reasons ‘insufficient’ - despite her having suffered sexual abuse from co-workers as well as verbal abuse and beatings, having been considered a curse by her family.

Myriam Kane: NUS must be loud and proud in defending international students

29th March 2017

Myriam Kane

The sad reality is that Theresa May’s disgusting, racist Tory government is making international students, immigrants and people of African, Arab, Asian and Caribbean heritage less safe.

Since the Brexit referendum last June hate crime has increased by 100%. 1 in 3 Black, Asian and minority ethnic people have either experienced or witnessed racial abuse over the past 7 months.

These facts should be causing a national outcry.

Re-elect Hareem for NUS Women’s Officer

27th March 2017

Hareem for women officer

The NUS Women's Campaign Conference starts tomorrow. Student Broad Left is support Hareem Ghani for a second term.

Statement on Westminster terror attack

24th March 2017

Westminster vigil

My thoughts today are with the victims who lost their lives and those who were injured at yesterday’s horrific attack on Westminster Bridge and Parliament. I join millions of Londoners in expressing my deepest sympathies to the victims and their families and friends. The emergency services worked tirelessly and bravely in response to a shocking and deadly attack.

This horrific attack must not and will not cause division. It is a testament to London that it has withstood attacks of this nature by standing together instead of communities turning on each other. We are already seeing far right groups such as Britain First seeking to sow division, hatred and whip up Islamophobia in the wake of this tragedy.

In response to the horrific attacks yesterday we must come together in the spirit of unity and anti-racism and with a determination to not let terror and hatred divide us.

Stop Trump Day of Action – unite against his agenda of hate and division

20th February 2017

No Trump

Today tens of thousands of people are taking part in the national day of action against Donald Trump and the proposed State Visit.

For the details of the Stop Trump and One Day Without Us national day of action page click here. In addition to other actions across the country, thousands of people are expected to turn out for a rally this evening in Parliament Square from 5pm.

Protest: Stop Trump’s Muslim ban

3rd February 2017

Stop Trump ban

Following the huge protests against Trump’s Muslim travel ban earlier this week, let’s keep up the momentum and build the movement against Islamophobia.

Barbara Ntumy: fight Trump, fight racism! (video)

20th January 2017

Today, the man who has vilified, attacked and threatened African Americans, Muslims, people of Asian descent, Latinx, immigrants, women, Jewish people, the LGBT community and disabled people, gets inaugurated as the 45th President of United States of America.

All that's left to do is to fight back from the minute his presidency starts and over the next 4 years.

Barbara Ntumy

No to Trump’s racism & bigotry: protest his inauguration

16th January 2017

Oppose Trump and his racism protest Join Stand Up To Racism’s protest outside the US Embassy in London on the day of Trump’s inauguration as President of the US – Friday 20 January at 5pm. Check out the facebook event here. 

Save our NHS! Emergency protest – Thursday 12 January 2017

11th January 2017

nhs-protest

The fight to save our NHS is on. Last week the Red Cross declared a humanitarian crisis in the NHS and were forced to intervene.