You may have noticed it's been about two weeks since we (read: I) updated the News section. I can only apologise to the vast swathes of disappointed readers for this oversight, but we had a lot of internet campaigning going on and thought there might be some people who have social media and wouldn't appreciate being further bombarded by student Labour members. Weird, I know, but people like that do exist, apparently.
To flawlessly segue into a paragraph about said internet campaigning, we've got some exciting news. Last month, CULC Women's Officer Beth Jamal and I launched a petition to persuade Cambridge clubs and pubs to sign up to the Good Night Out Campaign pledge. We're incredibly happy to announce that it was signed almost 400 times, and when CUSU Women's Officer Charlotte Chorley presented it to the venues, they were keen to sign up.
We'd like to thank everyone who took a minute to sign and share our petition, and let you know that the campaign is far from over. Charlotte and representatives from CUSU LGBT+ are going to provide training and materials to the venues that have signed the pledge. The fight to eradicate sexual harassment and abusive behaviour in our venues continues, so keep checking our campaigns page for updates and opportunities to get involved!
Moving on to CULC activities that took place in the realm of the physical, our new Chair Elinor Clapson and Labour Students Eastern region co-ordinator Tom Wilson recently travelled to Birmingham for Labour Students Political Weekend. Here's Elinor's quick summary, and a cheeky snap she bagged with Deputy Leader Tom Watson.
"Comrades Clapson and Twilson ventured to Birmingham for Labour Students' Political weeked on the 7th and 8th November. They were joined by the Dear Leader himself, Tom Watson, Jack Dromey MP and Jess Phillips MP, fresh from the frontlines of the ongoing battle against meninist trolls on the Internet."
It would be misleading to let you think that Elinor and Tom have all the fun, however. We've had some of our most exciting speaker events of term over the past couple of weeks, including the great CULC EU Debates with Richard Howitt MEP and Kate Hoey MP. We've also has a visit from Tulip Siddiq MP, who gave the brilliantly titled talk, "Stale, Male, and Pale" - a commentary on the state of British party politics, rather than an assessment of a slice of sentient, male-identifying white bread. There's a joke in there somewhere. I'm reasonably certain. Let me know if any of you find it.
However, we aren't just a bunch of individuals (ew, individualism) who gather in rooms to watch MPs and other politically interesting speakers talk. We are a collective (much better), and therefore we canvass for Labour together and also go to the pub sometimes. Here's a picture of us doing the former, featuring CULC Chairs past and present.
However, following last month's reshuffle (or, if you want to be boring, our Termly General Meeting) I have vacated the post of Publicity Officer. Thus, I pass on the responsibility of blogging those future canvassing sessions, and indeed all other CULC activities, to our new Publicity Officer Ben Brown. He is a man of far greater artistic capabilities than me, so I'm sure the days of blog photos so badly framed they sear your retinas are over.
If you feel a distinct lack of CULC in your life over the vacation, do keep checking our website for updates and info, or just to see which one of us takes the best selfie for the new exec page we'll be making.
Happy holidays, and arrivederci, Comrades.