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The Student in conversation with Graham Hutchison, Conservative candidate for Edinburgh West

How did you first get involved with the Conservative party? When did you know you wanted to go into politics? Graham: I’ve had a lifelong interest in politics going back to when I was five or six years old; I was watching something to do with politics on the telly. I grew up in a […]

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Editorial Elections 2019 Student Elections 2019

The stagnant state of student politics

Used in countries such as India, Venezuela and Brazil, online voting has long been cited as a potential cure for our ailing voter participation in the UK. Yet if the recent University of Edinburgh Students’ Association elections are anything to go by, the opposite appears to be true. In a university of roughly 41,000 eligible […]

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Elections 2019 President Student Elections 2019

Statement from Helena Carver: the only woman running for President

Statement from Helena Carver on her decision to enter the Presidental election fray.  “As the only woman running for the presidency, I am committed to leading the Students’ Association in a fresh direction. I aim to challenge the masculine politics of the Students’ Association, turning it on its head and allowing the organisation to take […]

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Disabled Students Elections 2019 Liberation Officers

Disabled Students’ Liberation candidate: Iona Douglas

The Student contacted Disabled Students’ Liberation candidate Iona regarding her campaign and manifesto. To read Iona’s manifesto, click here.   What motivated you to run for this position? For the past year I have been representing students on a academic and Students’ Association level, as Volunteering Representative and class rep. These roles have given me […]

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Disabled Students Elections 2019 Liberation Officers

Disabled Students’ Liberation candidate: Orfhlaith McDevitt

The Student contacted Disabled Liberation candidate Orfhlaith regarding her campaign and manifesto. To read Orfhlaith’s manifesto, click here.   What motivated you to run for this position? I have a pretty extensive background in political activism across a range of issues. My work with local youth groups and campaigns and involvement in the Scottish Youth […]

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Disabled Students Elections 2019 Liberation Officers

Disabled Students’ Liberation candidate: Ellen Blunsdon

The Student contacted Disabled Students’ Liberation Officer candidate Ellen regarding her campaign and manifesto. To read Ellen’s manifesto, click here.   What motivated you to run for this position? As a disabled woman, I have felt underrepresented, marginalised and discriminated against both structurally as a student at the University of Edinburgh and as an individual […]

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Elections 2019 Liberation Officers Women's

Women’s Liberation candidate: Martha Reilly

The Student contacted Women’s Liberation candidate Martha regarding her campaign and manifesto. To read Martha’s manifesto, click here.   What motivated you to run for this position? The simplest answer is that I saw this is as the best platform right now for me to achieve the goals I have for women’s liberation on campus. […]

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Elections 2019 LGBT+ Liberation Officers

LGBT+ Liberation Candidate: Sam Teale

The Student contacted LGBT+ Liberation candidate Sam regarding their campaign and manifesto. To read Sam’s manifesto, click here.   What motivated you to run for this position? I’ve started many projects in my time at university. Some of them have been part of the work PrideSoc are doing, like supporting the Staff Pride Network with […]