Christ Church Students’ Union and Kent Union wishes to congratulate Rosie Duffield of the Labour Party on their success in the 2019 General Election and becoming the Member of Parliament for Canterbury.
Nationally the Conservative Party has won a landslide majority in the general election. Labour has slid to the party's worst result since 1935, and the Lib Dems end the night on 13 MPs. Voter turnout was around 67% - slightly lower than two years ago.
The members of our combined Students’ Unions represent over half the population of Canterbury and we will, contact the MP’s office to invite them to meet with the elected Full-Time Officers of our respective institutions to discuss the demands of students here in Canterbury.
Students’ have told us loud and clear that their priorities at this time are:
Mental health provision
Climate change and the ecological crisis
Racial and sexual harassment
Graduate Employment Opportunities.
Our students are also concerned about tuition fees, student loans and graduate debt. We would like to discuss how the Augar report (the post-18 review of education and funding) will be implemented by this new Parliament and how it will benefit all students in Higher Education.
As elected student representatives we are dedicated to demonstrating strong leadership, as providing clear role models is vital to restoring the faith in our democratic society.
We recognise the hard work undertaken by all the candidates during the campaign and thank them for attending the recent candidate debates hosted at both institutions. We wish all the candidates success in their future endeavors.