Author: Tom Marchant

The Gender Quota preferendum has been denied

Last night the Guild’s Board of Trustees confirmed that the proposed preferendum on a gender quota for Student Officers will not be held. Last year a request was put through Change It for gender balanced representation, but no consensus could be reached at Guild Summit back in May, so the Guild began to pursue the possibility of a preferendum. But now the possibility of a preferendum on the subject has been quashed as the Guild  has found that any gender quota would be illegal under UK employment law. Since May the Guild has been considering all options but no...

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Game of Thrones Quiz at the Guild

In the Game of Thrones you Quiz or you Die… On the 2nd of November you will be able to test your knowledge of all things Thrones at the Guild, for just £2! Seated at table Stark, Lannister or Targaryen, you will be able to pit your wits against your fellow GoT boffins in the Mountford Hall. According to the Guild, “big prizes” are on offer for the winners, and extra (presumably brownie) points on offer to the person that spots the dragon amongst the smoke. Doors open at 7pm, tickets can be purchased here. A sample question has...

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Guild to hold Preferendum on SO gender quota

Following the Liverpool Guild of Students’ 2017 Officer election, which created the first all-male team in over 30 years, current SO Yasmin Gasimova proposed an idea to Change It, calling for a gender quota. After receiving 107 votes of support and 204 votes of disapproval, the idea was presented to Summit – the Guild’s democratic decision-making process, in which groups of randomly-selected students make decisions about often-controversial aspects of Guild and university life. Summit was unable to reach a consensus today, meaning the issue will be put to the entire student body in a Preferendum. Initially, guest speakers presented the arguments...

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Pro-Life Society plans cause problems at the Guild

The Guild has this week been embroiled in a scandal involving the newly-approved UoL Pro-Life society. The Society’s approval sparked fierce criticism on campus –– a petition to remove the society has been launched on the Guild’s own website. The petition, which started only yesterday, has attracted 123 upvotes at the time of writing, and the number is rising steadily. The creator of the petition, Katriana Ciccotto, said: “whilst I understand and the Guild’s policy towards freedom of speech, misogyny does not come under this category”. This petition has led to a response from multiple organisations, most notably the Guild. In a statement released...

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Liverpool Mayoral Election: what you need to know

Tomorrow the people of Liverpool go the polls to decide on their elected mayor for the next 4 years. This election will have important effects for the City of Liverpool and for students across the city, so here’s a look at the candidates and what they offer to the public. Each voter casts a First Choice vote and then a Second Choice vote, under a system known as ‘Supplementary Vote’, which is also used in the London Mayoral Election and others across England and Wales.   Joe Anderson – Labour The incumbent mayor and first elected Mayor of Liverpool...

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