Article from the June 2005 issue of the Socialist
newspaper of the Socialist Party, Irish section of the CWI

Good vote for socialist at Queens

by Ruari Murphy
Queens Socialist Society

DURING THE Queens' Student Union non-sabbatical officer elections, the Socialist Society made a significant breakthrough. AIDEEN McMULLEN who was standing for the position of Women's Officer received 92 votes,12% of the total.

Aideen stood on a range of issues, most notably for the establishment of free creche facilities for students in Queens, as well as improving the night-time minibus service to increase safety while walking home.

To get 12% of the vote was a good achievement, especially given the factors that made campaigning difficult.

Many of our members were heavily involved with exams around this time, with others very much tied up with the Socialist Party local council elections campaign. So the campaign for Aideen could only get off the ground on the day before the election.

Alongside this, she was standing against two very strong candidates. One was a member of the DUP and the other claimed to be an independent, but was in fact backed by both Sinn Fein and the SDLP, which did not run for this position in order to give her a clear run.

Considering all this, the 92 votes received by Aideen is a good endorsement for the Socialist Society. Students are obviously looking for an alternative voice and hopefully we can build on this from the start of term in September.

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