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UK students' union voting on divisive reforms

The National Union of Students (NUS), the major student organization in the United Kingdom, is voting today on proposals for a significant restructuring of the organization:

Students will vote again today on whether radically to reform the National Union of Students at an extraordinary conference in Wolverhampton. The proposals have previously split the union, with students rejecting changes at the NUS annual conference last year to the way the union operates.

The proposals would increase the number of representatives on the union’s governing body, and reduce the current influence of hard left and other minority groups who have fought hard against the reforms. Opponents of the proposals argue they would change the NUS from a union into a professional lobbying group, divorced from the influence of student activists.