OxStu Previews: The Union Election

The Oxford Union presidential election will take place tomorrow, with the President and all officerships being contested. Candidates for all positions remain disproportionately male and privately educated. Members will have a choice between Daniel Wilkinson, a 2nd year PPEist, the presidential candidate for the ‘Progress’ slate, and Julian Kirk, a PPE finalist, who is leading […]

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Layla Moran: “Fighting social inequality is my fire that helps me get up every day. It’s what I’m passionate about.”

The last time we spoke to Layla Moran, she was a parliamentary candidate, busily fighting for a marginal seat in the 2015 general election. Despite an inspiring campaign backed by strong community support, it is fair to say that the legacy of the coalition government proved to be an obstacle in her path to representing […]

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“Free education from cradle to grave”: John McDonnell comes to Oxford

As election campaigning gets underway across the country, Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell has spoken to the Oxford Student about Labour’s plans for education. Campaigning in Oxford’s Blackbird Leys area alongside outgoing Oxford East MP Andrew Smith and a group of Labour activists on Saturday, Mr McDonnell made a speech covering a wide range of topics […]

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Anneliese Dodds MEP selected for Oxford East

South East MEP Anneliese Dodds has been selected as Labour’s candidate for the Oxford East Constituency for the forthcoming general election. Last week, the sitting MP Andrew Smith announced that he would be standing down ahead of the snap election after 30 years of service. In a message to local Labour members, Smith, who had […]

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Mental health takes centre stage at OUSU hustings

Vivian Holmes and Kate Cole, the two candidates for OUSU President 2017-18, set out their visions for the student union at a hustings at Somerville on Monday, placing an emphasis on mental health and accessibility to the Student Union. The two candidates, who if elected will have control of an annual income of over a […]

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America’s Got Talent: Exposing the Election Circus

Most hostile commentators have laid the blame at the feet of white, working class Americans who feel they have been left behind by globalization; and have directed equally fierce criticism at a Democratic establishment which made them feel unwanted. Undoubtedly there is force in this argument, but it does not explain why millions of well-off […]

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Trump’s Twitter support ‘swelled by bots’

An investigation into Twitter activity during one of the televised US presidential debates has shown that Republican candidate Donald J. Trump’s support was boosted by support from automated ‘bots’. Although he would still have received more supportive tweets than rival Hillary Clinton (Democrats), four times as many bots endorsed him than they did Clinton. Overall, […]

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America’s abstainers are about to betray democracy

On November 9th this year, tens of millions of Americans will wake up feeling absolutely indifferent to the result of their presidential election. Polling indicates currently that between 10 and 20 percent of the US electorate will vote for alternative candidates while the number not voting at all is expected to be well above the […]

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Did anyone really win the Labour leadership election?

Labour’s divisive leadership election has come to an end. Although technically a resounding victory for Jeremy Corbyn, neither of the contestants really won. All that has been achieved is a demonstration to the wider population of the dire state the Labour party is currently in. The election was the result of a vote of no […]

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New College RONs presidential candidates for second year running

New College JCR rejected two presidential candidates in the recent JCR elections, allowing 2nd year physicist Will Kocur to sweep to power. It was the 2nd year in a row that New have decided to reopen nominations first time around the presidential elections, refusing to get behind the initial candidates, Annabel Lawrence – a 1st […]

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NUS election leads to calls for disaffiliation

Malia Bouattia has been elected President of the National Union of Students by delegates at their Brighton Conference. She secured 372 votes, beating Megan Dunn by a margin of 44. Bouattia, who will be the first black Muslim President of the NUS, promised to “put liberation at the heart of our work”. In particular, she […]

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Iowa proved no candidate can rest on their laurels

Underneath the controlled exterior, Hillary Clinton’s team must be frantically redesigning their strategy in a way that they could not have imagined almost a year ago. In the ten months between the announcement of her candidacy and the Iowa caucuses, the White House has predominantly been seen as hers for the taking – for some […]

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