Second year Durham University student, Tom Harwood, has launched an unusual campaign to be elected as an NUS delegate, in which he pledges to "defeat ISIS" and "bring down the evil Tory government".
His campaign video on Facebook has been viewed over 13,000 times (see below). In it he pledges to build a 217ft statue of NUS President Malia Bouattia (complete with an "artist's impression") in Durham so students can "appreciate the vital work the NUS do".
Other unusual campaign pledges suggest Harwood will "Use NUS lobbying power to rid the world of nuclear weapons"and "harness the mighty power of the NUS to begin work on a real life death star".
However, there is a serious point to the campaign. Harwood helped to run Durham's NUS disaffiliation campaign earlier in the year which, although failed, got 40% of the vote. He says he will represent those who voted for disaffiliation and has criticised the NUS as "a student wing of the Labour party".
In his manifesto, he says "Of course it’s right that some of the candidates we send should be pro NUS, anti Conservative, pro protest politics. But we mustn’t ignore those who’d rather delegates didn’t spend their time discussing boycotting Coca-Cola and Israel, or passing motions calling for the abolition of prisons (yes, really). Last year, the NUS conference saw motions calling on them to lobby the UN Security Council, legalise an internationally recognised terrorist group, stop commemorating Holocaust Memorial Day, and interfere in internal Labour Party affairs. There needs to be *some* opposition."
You can find his full manifesto here, and his Facebook campaign page here. Voting opens today (6th December). There are 15 people running in total.
Watch his campaign video below:
Durham Student Will "Defeat ISIS" and "Make Freddos 10p Again", if Elected NUS Delegate Reviewed by Student Voices on 00:13 Rating: