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#CutTheCosts Campaigning: Edge Hill SU

Thursday 21-01-2016 - 17:17

As part of the #CutTheCosts campaign, Edge Hill SU hosted a giant inflatable pig, brought a coachload of students to Westminster and encouraged a question to the prime minister about cuts to NHS bursaries.

EHSU started off their activity for #CutTheCosts by meeting four MPs for the constituency lobby on 18 September, and receiving written support from a fifth.

They then hosted NUS’ giant inflatable pig during its tour in November, which they used to recruit students to travel to the Westminster lobby and collect signed #CutTheCosts postcards to send to 20 different MPs.
You can read more about this stage of the pig tour here.

On 8 December Edge Hill University, The University of Liverpool, and Liverpool Hope University took a 5am coach to attend the NUS Westminster lobby of parliament.

Students and officers from EHSU met MPs Bill Esterson, Marie Rimmer and Nigel Evans.

Of the latter, Rosie McKenna, vice president for academic representation at EHSU, said: “Whilst dodging our comments he told us about the £3billion refurbishment of Westminster.

“One of our students quickly retorted ‘You have enough money to refurbish a building, but not enough for the people’s education and the NHS?’

“He mumbled something about prioritising, and left quite soon after that.”

In part because of EHSU’s lobbying, Esterton and Rimmer, as well as Conor MicGinn MP, John Pugh MP and Rosie Cooper MP, signed EDM 829 praying against the regulations to scrap maintenance grants.

Rimmer also joined the All Party Parliamentary Group for Students and Esterson asked a Prime Minister’s Question about the cuts to NHS bursaries.

Ahead of the opposition day debate EHSU confirmed pledges from supportive MPs and joined students’ unions across the UK in maintaining pressure on Conservatives by writing an open letter to Nigel Evans.

The #CutTheCosts campaign is now moving on to the debate in the House of Lords.

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