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NUS manifesto outlines issues students want addressed in General Election

The National Union of Students’ manifesto calls for an end to Brexit and an improved education system.

Students celebrate their graduation (Chris Ison/PA)
Students celebrate their graduation (Chris Ison/PA)

By Luke Powell, PA

The National Union of Students (NUS) has launched its manifesto, outlining the issues students will be looking at when voting in the General Election.

The manifesto, titled When Students Lead, calls on all political parties to commit to policies aimed at “resetting society” and highlights three main priorities.

It seeks an end to Brexit “in the public interest”, claiming it has created division in the UK and a less tolerant society.

It claimed students’ voices had been “ignored” on the issue, despite the impact the decision could have on their future.

The manifesto also calls for an education system that is “accessible, funded and life-long”, and investment to support people’s access to health care and affordable housing, as well as action to tackle the climate crisis.

Speaking at the manifesto launch at Brunel University on Wednesday, NUS national president Zamzam Ibrahim said: “This is the election of our lives.

“We believe we can change this and our manifesto represents our vision for a better society.

“History shows that when students lead, political leaders follow.

“We must all take this opportunity to tell our political leaders what we want from our future society, and how we want it to be.

“The views of young people have been ignored for too long, so we’re calling on all parties to listen and commit to the action needed to create a future in which everyone can thrive.”

The NUS is a confederation of 600 students’ unions across England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.

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