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A UKIP parliamentary candidate could be the next NUS president

Posted on Tuesday, 18 February by

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The National Union of Students (NUS) national elections are about to get a whole lot more interesting with a UKIP parliamentary candidate on the ballot paper in a challenge to current NUS president, Toni Pearce.

Jack Duffin, secretary of UKIP’s youth wing ‘Young Independence’ and prospective parliamentary candidate for Uxbridge and South Ruislip, is one of four names in the running to become NUS president when votes are cast at the NUS conference in April.

Duffin will be running under the slogan of “Make the NUS about education” and in an article published by UKIP, he said:

“It is an honour to be the first UKIP delegate to an NUS conference, let alone a candidate for President. I intend to campaign on subjects such as restoring grammar schools as a means of social mobility, vocational training for youngsters and addressing the cost of living.”

Duffin – currently studying MSc Financial Mathematics at Brunel University – wants to use the NUS presidency to promote UKIP’s stance on education and believes that “UKIP is the real voice for those who are young and aspirational, no matter what their background.”

Things are already turning political.

While Duffin’s campaign is sure to grab headlines, he faces a tough task to oust current president Toni Pearce, who is clear favourite to retain the position. Pearce became the first NUS president not to have attended university when she was elected last year.

Other names in the running for NUS president include Aaron Kiely – the current NUS Black Students officer – and University of London Union vice-president Daniel Lemeberger-Cooper, who has a storied history in student politics.

See what happened when UKIP came to Brighton last summer in our SQtv episode.

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Corey Pellatt
22-year-old editor of SQ Magazine and Media Studies student at the University of Sussex. Freelance writer for clients including BHAFC.

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