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Lancaster University Students’ Union will hold a referendum over the Sugarhouse debate. The decision was made today in a meeting held by the Union’s Board of Executives in a unanimous vote in
This was decided following a presentation given by Jack O’Dwyer-Henry, Labour City Councillor and creator of the ‘Save Our Sugar’ campaign.
He said to the board, ‘The petition on the SU website now has well over 1000 signatures and over 4000 on Change.org. There has never been an issue which has activated and interested so many students.’
The board also voted unanimously in favour of conducting a General Meeting to discuss the matter, which O’Dwyer-Henry argued would allow for trustees and officers to be held accountable for their decision.
Some of the members of the board in attendance included Student Union President George Nuttall, VP Welfare and Community Grishma Bijukumar, VP Union Development Hannah Prydderch, VP Campaigns
For the changes to happen, a 10% turnout is required in the referendum, which equates to 450 students. A simple majority, meaning just over 50% of voters, is needed.
Chair of the meeting, Vice President Union Development Hannah Prydderch said, ‘I’d like to thank everyone for coming, I’d like to thank SCAN and LA1TV for getting involved. It’s something I really want to push for this year, making sure the Student’s Union is accountable and transparent. Hopefully, by live streaming and live
There is no date set currently for the referendum.
This is an ongoing story.
Update: 18th September 2019, 17:30
Yesterday the Students’ Unions’ Executive Committee discussed a petition asking the Union to rethink its decision to consider a potential sale of the Sugarhouse nightclub it operates in Lancaster. The Executive Committee decided to hold a referendum of the student membership.SU Spokesperson