Following an all student poll, in which 327 students participated, the Students’ Union Executive Committee have voted to withdraw the suggested threshold needed for parties to be represented at the General Election Question Time Event to be held on campus in March.
The original decision was to invite parties to the event who had polled at least 5% of the popular vote in the Brighton Pavilion Constituency in 2010, allowing for candidates with a chance of election to have a reasonable time to discuss issues.
The original decision was made by the Executive Committee and was endorsed by Union Council, the Students’ Union’s highest decision making democratic body.
However, after representations from students, members of Executive Committee decided to gauge student opinion on the matter. After viewing the results of the poll, the Executive Committee has voted to invite all candidates for the constituency, regardless of polling in 2010.
The question, which was only an opinion poll, asked:
‘Should the Students’ Union uphold the current threshold of 5% of the popular vote from the 2010 General Election in the Brighton Pavilion Constituency to be invited to the Candidates Question Time Event in March 2015?’
70% of students who answered the question said they disagreed with the statement.
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