Yesterday saw conference running behind schedule and at the Arena and Convention Centre Liverpool, host of this year’s NUS national conference. Today NSU’s delegates return to continue deciding the direction of NUS for the future. Today will see the Welfare, Union Development, and Society & Citizenship zones and their motions including motions from Northumbria on equal rights for students, defending international students and getting better access to healthcare.
We’ll also be seeing the elections for the President and Vice Presidents of NUS, this year four of the six positions see incumbents running for re-election. President Toni Pearce will be up against Daniel Cooper, Vice President of the University of London Unionin her re-election bid. Conference floor seemed decidedly split yesterday, Toni had a major backing last year, when she ran for the Presidency whilst then Vice President for Further Education, and still holds a lot of support with large factions within NUS, however her competitor Daniel has strong backing from London Unions and NCAFC (National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts) and most expect to see the results a little closer than last year.
Keep watching conference live as it happens at, http://conference.nusconnect.org.uk/, and be sure to keep checking here on NU: Life Online for live updates from the Northumbria delegation as events unfold here in Liverpool.
08:49 – Conference floor will be reopening in about 10 minutes with the end of the education zone.
09:34 – Very controversial vote now on an amendment on free education.
13:30 – Quick update, Northumbria’s first proposal, on NHS charges, has passed at National Conference 2014.
14:14 – Elections Announcements:
Toni Pearce has been Re-elected president.
Colum McGuire has been re-elected Vice President Welfare
Megan Dunn has been elected Vice President Higher Education
Joe Vinson has been re elected Vice President Further Education
14:36 – Very heated debate on affiliation with UAF (Unite Against Fascism)
14:39 – Amendment to remove affiliation to UAF in motion 511 “Stand up to racism” passes.
14:45 – Welfare zone ends and conference moves onto Society and Citizenship.
15:29 – Several delegates rush to the front of conference to try and get a speech on zero hour contracts.
19:44 – After several reports from various committees, we’re currently hearing a challege to the estimates and will soon be hearing consitutional motions.