The NUS is to hold a second extraordinary conference to discuss NUS reform, after receiving requests from at least twenty-seven students' unions. The second conference will allow NUS reforms to be approved before Annual Conference, where they were defeated last year by just 25 votes. At November's conference in Wolverhampton there was a comfortable majority in favour of the reforms - more than the previous extraordinary conference a year before.
At April's conference, when ICU's delegates came back calling for disaffiliation, senior NUS officers seemed to shy away from the prospect of forcing the reform package through with two extraordinary conferences, something which opponents of the reforms are unlikely to let them forget. Indeed, those delegates attending the conference will probably get to discuss amendments along the lines of 'Save NUS Democracy', calling for the reform process to be scrapped for the fifth conference in a row.
Those to the left-of-centre on the NUS political spectrum are already objecting, as expected, to the 'undemocratic' nature of extraordinary conferences, where there is no requirement for delegates to be elected by cross-campus ballot as for annual conference.
Live! was under the impression that Imperial's affiliation would end in December, however the delegate entitlement still shows us having nine delegates.