Nominations reopened for Union Presidency amidst racism allegations

Union members today voted to re-open nominations in the election for President Elect of the Union. The only candidate, Jack Solomon, faced severe criticism following substantial allegations by the Secretary, Cansu Uyguroglu, of racist comments he had made in the past.  The remarks came to light on Wednesday and the allegations were then put directly […]

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President of the Oxford Union resigns after blind man “dragged out by feet”

The President of The Oxford Union, Brendan McGrath, has announced that he will be standing down, following mounting pressure over his reaction to a blind man being “violently dragged out”. McGrath announced his resignation on Tuesday night, saying: “Fundamentally, it is the President’s job to ensure that every Member feels welcome at the Oxford Union. […]

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Facing public outrage, McGrath’s message to members: “I’m the best person to take this forward”

Oxford Union president Brendan McGrath and other members of the Union’s Standing Committee showed defiance to growing calls for him to step down at a meeting dominated by discussions of the Union’s media response to the Ebenezer Azamati scandal. Despite over 3,600 signatures on Oxford University’s Africa Society’s petition demanding McGrath step down, he defended […]

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Union in civil war over Steve Bannon

Image Credit: Tom Gould Oxford Union President Stephen Horvath’s decision to host former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon on Friday of 6th week has continued to cause fallout within the society and across the University.  Last week, The Oxford Student reported on the heated Emergency Meeting called by Union Secretary Nick Brown, in which […]

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Polls open for OUSU elections

Voting has opened in the OUSU elections for 2017/18, following a fortnight of campaigning and hustings. The two candidates for President, Kate Cole and Vivian Holmes, are running on opposing slates which endorse students for the other sabbatical positions. Cole’s slate is entitled ACTion (which stands for accountable, consistent and transparent), and includes Katy Haigh for […]

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Donald Trump and the Future of US Politics

As an American studying abroad this term, following the past month of presidential primaries has felt like watching the culmination of a long, slow-burning dumpster fire. Despite months of polls and pundits claiming Donald Trump could not and would not win the Republican nominations, the recent concessions of the two remaining candidates – Senator Ted […]

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