This time next week voting will have closed and the candidates will be sweating on the results, due just after midnight in Room One. How exciting!

I am writing this evening from a pub in Earls Court, London, having attended a press conference at NUS HQ for all national presidential and vice-presidential candidates. As some of you may know, our own Rebecca Bridger is running for Vice President: Union Development.

It is interesting how just last year she was campaigning for your vote on Loughborough University's campus and now she is contesting one of five Vice President positions of an organisation that claims to represent seven million young people.

The eighteen Loughborough candidates will, at this moment in time, be thinking of one thing: winning their own executive election. But who knows, in time one of them may be staking a claim for an even bigger prize.

Bridger performed well this afternoon. Solid, reasoned answers demonstrated her passion and understanding of Students' Unions and how to develop their role for the benefit of students like us. However, it will be difficult for her to break the back of the infamous leftist factions within the organisation and defeat the likes of current NUS Wales President, Luke Young. If she did, it would be a remarkable achievement and one that the whole of campus would be proud of.

Former Global Development Officer, Christina Yan Zhang, is also contesting the Union Development position. On behalf of Label and the entirety of Loughborough Students' Media, I'd like to wish both Loughborough students the very best of luck.

Back on campus, more 'innovative' campaign tactics are beginning to come to the fore. Scambler's assault course on Rigg Rut lawn, Court's conga and Read's flash mob drew the most attention. We can expect more from the other candidates in the days to come now that lecture shout outs are prohibited.


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