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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Defend Malia Bouattia – open letter to the HASC on report titled ‘Antisemitism in the UK’

21st October 2016


We, the undersigned, note with grave concern the findings of the Home Affairs Select Committee (HASC) on anti-Semitism. The report’s findings on the sharp growth in anti-Semitic incidents in the last year is deeply troubling, and is an urgent call to all those involved in fighting against racism, oppression, and for a better society more generally. We welcome the reports calls to take on anti-Semitism, as well as its focus on greater recognition of under-acknowledged areas of abuse, such as online platforms.

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Report of NUS NEC July 2016 – uniting against austerity and racism

25th July 2016

Barbara Ntumy

By Barbara Ntumy, NUS NEC (Black Students’ Campaign) and Deputy President of London Met University Students’ Union

On Monday 18 July I attended my first ever NUS National Executive Council (NEC) meeting.

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Student politics has a fight on its hands. We will only win by working together

9th June 2016

Shelly Asquith By Shelly Asquith, NUS Vice President Welfare.

As the government formalises its plans for another rise in tuition fees, the student movement stands at a crossroads: will we force the government to backtrack, or will we descend into division?

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11 reasons to say YES to NUS!

5th May 2016

NUS national demo

Since the left won NUS President along with a majority of the NUS leadership positions last month, a huge struggle has begun. The right wing both within the student movement and in wider society have launched attacks and smears against this new, progressive leadership.

In response to this historic turning point for the student movement, campaigns to disaffiliate Students’ Unions from NUS have emerged at over 25 campuses.

Defeating these attempts to disaffiliate is not simply about defending NUS’ new left wing leadership and defending NUS democracy – it’s a question of defending the student movement itself. Disaffiliations from NUS at a time of savage education cuts and huge attacks on students risk significantly weakening the student movement’s ability to defend itself at this critical time.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Why Black unity in the student movement is crucial in the fight against racism, discrimination and inequality

19th October 2016


The Tory Party set a racist, xenophobic and extremely right wing agenda at their Party Conference earlier this month. The new Prime Minister, Theresa May, wants to blame every problem in British society on immigrants, refugees and Black communities. Following the Brexit referendum in June we have already seen a massive rise in racist violence, a situation which is set to become even worse in light of this new, vicious turn in government policy. Uniting and organsing to turn the tide on this racist offensive is critically important.

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Defending the NUS left leadership – we’ve defeated the disaffiliations campaigns, the next threat is a right wing governance review

13th July 2016

Aaron and Fiona

By Fiona Edwards and Aaron Kiely, Student Broad Left 

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The NUS is under attack – step up the fight to save it

17th May 2016

By Fiona Edwards and Aaron Kiely, Student Broad Left

A massive campaign is underway from right wing forces inside and outside the student movement, backed up by a hostile right wing media, to seriously weaken the National Union Students (NUS) by pushing for affiliated Students’ Unions to leave the national union.

This is unambiguously an attempt to break up the NUS and therefore undermine the national voice of students, with the aim of leaving students defenceless against the huge national attacks which are being driven forward by the Tories.

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