I am putting out my normal call to support UCU left candidates, Sue Blackwell is particularly impressive and I believe is a member of an ecosocialist political party.
UCU is just about to hold its annual elections for its NEC. For the past couple of years there has been a slim majority on the NEC of people sympathetic to the call for an Academic Boycot of Israel we would like to see this majority strengthened.
We are asking all HE members to support Sue Blackwell who is a core member of BRICUP and a long term effective advocate for the call for an Academic Boycott.
We have found most support for BRICUP's positions from amongst the UCU Left members of the NEC and while UCU left does not have a formal position on the boycott call, webelieve that a vote for the UCU left candidates will strengthen UCU's position on action to support Palestinian Rights.
Please encourage other members of your branch to vote for these candidates too.
UCU Left are calling for support for the following candidates:
Vice President Sean Vernell
Geographically elected Regional NEC seats:
London & East (Higher Education) Mark Campbell
North East ( Higher education) Elizabeth Lawrence
North East (Further Education) Dave Gibson
Nationally Elected Seats ( Higher education)
Nationally Elected Seats ( Further Education)
(Women Higher Education))
(Women Further Education)
You can find out more about these candidates at http://www.uculeft.devisland.net/nec-elections-2010.html