Tuesday 21-04-2015 - 14:09
Toni Pearce cites the importance of the upcoming General Election in her opening remarks to delegates at National Conference 2015.
National President Toni Pearce has welcomed delegates to Liverpool for NUS National Conference 2015 with the General Election just two weeks away.
In her opening remarks, Toni acknowledged the election as ‘an exciting and crucial time for our country, and for the student movement, with big choices to make for both.’
She added that the choices which delegates have had at conferences she’s attended to date have ‘made our movement stronger and brought the voices of those who have often been left behind right to the front of our work’ and that the wider society could learn from our movement.
On the issue of voter registration, Toni praised the collectivism of the movement, saying: ‘Together we have worked against the odds to register hundreds of thousands of students to vote at this General Election to do just that. People who have to get their voices heard at this desperately important moment for the country – and thousands of you have worked tirelessly to make sure they can.’
More than 1,000 students arrived to attend the event, which runs between Tuesday 21 and Thursday 23 April at the Liverpool Arena and Convention Centre. Student leaders from across the UK have made the journey to Merseyside to set NUS policy for the year ahead, and elect national student representatives.
National Conference is the sovereign policy making body of NUS and is where delegates pass policy to decide the political direction of the organisation. Conference also elects the President and five Vice-Presidents for the year ahead, as well as holding the current officers to account.
The student delegates will discuss and vote on motions which will become policy of NUS when passed. The policy will inform the organisation about what its student members think about key issues and how NUS represents these.
Watch National Conference live here, and follow our election news on Twitter through the hashtag #NUSconference.