The NUS reform package has been ratified at this year's second NUS Extraordinary Conference, held in Wolverhampton today. The reform process started nearly two years ago and initial plans were rejected at April's Annual Conference. A further attempt at reform, using revised plans, was presented to another extraordinary conference in November, the last conference attended by ICU delegates before our withdrawal from the organisation.
An attempt to vote on the reforms was delayed after protesters 'occupied' the stage. Sources inside the Wolverhampton conference hall have indicated that the situation in Gaza has been mentioned by several delegates in their speeches on governance changes to the NUS, despite it not appearing on the agenda. Protesters then began an invasion of the stage amid a deal of commotion from both sides, including a vote on whether they should be allowed to speak. A chant of 'Free the Stage' was apparently started and vote commenced in short order with the protesters giving up. The reforms passed with a good majority.
The conference was called solely to attempt ratification of the NUS reform package passed in December.
With reforms passed, might ICU end up going through yet another NUS referendum?
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