Young Tory Wants to Run For NUS President Promising Independence Referendums for Student Unions.




By Leon French - @LeonSeanFrench


"I don't know how sick of the NUS you are and their pandering to the Labour Party and their ilk while also trying to claim that they represent students, but I'm getting a bit teed off with them. What am i going to do about it? Sod it, I'm going to stand for NUS President whenever the next election is.

"I hope Conservative Future members will get behind me and my campaign. I don't believe for a second that the NUS will actually want to be more representative of all students instead of the left-wing wannabe Labour MPs they have today, but it's worth a try. I hope you agree with a couple of my policies too. I don't have that many.

"I want the NUS encourage (read: tell) Student Unions across the UK to hold referendums on whether or not to stay with the NUS. We're always told that the NUS is the national representative body of students. Did you know that you're not a direct member of the NUS, your Student Union is? Unless your delegates to the NUS Conference are whiter than white and will listen to what students at your university want and will vote the way that students at your university want, you actually have no say on the future policies and positions of the NUS, despite the NUS telling you that they care about you and they represent you. What a load of crap, they don't give a damn what you think. So let's have a national vote to see what students think about the NUS.

"My other two policies are linked together (sort of). I want to cut the amount it costs for Student Unions to remain members of the NUS. The figure can be as much as £50,000 a year. There's this crazy idea that if you stop paying that money, despite having the money in your own bank account you won't then get the same services (remind you of anything?) I want to change that. Won't lie, not sure on a figure yet, but ideally I'd rather that Student Unions didn't pay a penny to be honest. Along with that, I just want to leave Student Unions alone to do what they need to do. I don't want the NUS breathing down the necks of Student Unions, I want Students Unions to work for their members and not for national political causes.

"I have another idea for a policy, but I'm not sure whether to have it as an official part of my campaign or not, so I want to know what you think. After implementing these other policies, I'd quite like to rename the NUS to the National Union of Socialist Students. Then I'd like to resign. I couldn't possibly remain President of a Socialist organisation, but at least then it'd be being honest with itself and everyone else. What do you reckon to that?"

"I hope I can get support from Conservative Future members at Universities and Colleges across the UK and I hope you'll tell your friends how I want to change the NUS. Please do get in touch with me on what you think of my policies, I really want to hear from you!"