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Do our elected representatives actually represent us?

Thursday 12-03-2015 - 15:32

Join us on Thursday 19 March to ask your local candidates how they’ll represent the diverse needs and experiences of students if elected.

Students come from a variety of diverse communities and politics should reflect and represent us all. But it’s clear that those who hold power in our country aren’t representative of the diverse student population. Less than a quarter of our MPs are women and less than 5 per cent are Black.

Without adequate representation, our priorities are left off the agenda and issues that affect us are at the bottom of the pile.

 

What we’re calling for

These are the priorities for each of our Liberation campaigns, but feel free to use your own experiences.

Black Students Campaign:

  • Remove random stop-and-search powers from the police, which disproportionately targets Black people.
  • Address the barriers to high attainment Black students face in Further and Higher Education.

LGBT Campaign:

  • Urgently review the blood ban to ensure it doesn’t needlessly discriminate against gay and bisexual people.
  • Amend legislation so that trans people can get legal recognition for their preferred and lived in gender.

Women’s Campaign:

  • Implement a strategy to end violence against women and fund services for women who are victims of violence.
  • Create policy to ensure schools and colleges provide sex and relationships education that includes healthy relationships and consent. 

Disabled Students Campaign:

  • Permanently halt cuts to DSA, and ensure it is protected and improved.
  • Reverse the cuts to services and benefits which enable disabled people to live independent and healthy lives.

International Students Campaign:

  • Stop playing politics with the education of international students, and scrap the use of arbitrary net migration targets.

 

Take action!

There is lots of detail about how to get involved in our Liberation and Xenophobia Day of Action Toolkit, but here are the best ways to support the Day of Action.

Meet with your local candidates

If you are already campaigning on these issues, meet your candidates on Thursday 19 March and discuss them. Take pictures and tweet their ideas and responses.

Send postcards to your candidates

Fill out our postcards, asking candidates how they’ll represent you and other students if elected. If you want to do this, email campaigns@nus.org.uk by Monday 16 March at 10am and we’ll send you a stack!

Tweet your candidates

Haven’t ordered your postcards on time? No worries – just download and print this poster version and get on campus to get students to fill it out. Then, take photos and tweet these to your local candidates using #representME #GenerationVote

Write to your candidates

Use our online letter-writing tool at www.nus.org.uk/representme which allows you to send a letter directly to your candidates, with the issues you care about.

Fill out our xenophobia survey

Have you been affected by xenophobia? Take our #BelongInBritain survey on students’ experiences and perceptions of xenophobia online to help strengthen our research.

 

Need more information?

Check out our Liberation and Xenophobia Day of Action toolkit with all the campaign demands and more information about how your students’ union can get involved. And to find out who your candidates are, and how you can get in touch with them, log into our NUS General Election student hub.

In the run up to the General Election, NUS is holding regular Days of Action covering the key themes across the New Deal. You can find more information on our upcoming Days of Action online or by getting in touch with campaigns@nus.org.uk.

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