Students have voted to stay with the NUS.
The result was announced at 5pm today outside the SABB office in DH1.
1516 students turned out to vote (with 5 abstentions), and voted to stay with the NUS. With 1186 votes to stay and 325 to leave.
Twenty minutes before voting closed, over 1,500 students had cast their vote, making the NUS Affiliation vote the third largest turnout ever in a student vote.
John Chilvers, head of the campaign team to stay with the NUS, has said: ‘I’m delighted that this debate happened, it has allowed us to explain to students what the NUS has done. Students have spoken and I’m pleased they have voted to stay. Thank you everyone that has voted and been part of the campaign.’
Had the Yes campaign been successful, the Student’s Guild would have disaffiliated with the NUS in the next academic year.
Voting opened on Monday, with students also voting on what majority of the vote would be needed to disaffiliate with the NUS.
The NUS has come under fire in recent months for its failure to back the ‘Free Education’ demonstration last month, and its refusal to condemn ISIS at its October NEC. Since the NEC, the NUS have condemned ISIS.
More to follow.
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