Statement on Kirk Sneade’s candidacy in the UCLU Women’s Officer Elections

Edit: this page has been edited because Helen Chandler-Wilde (candidate for UCLU Women’s Officer) wished to remove her support for the statement until further notice. 

TRIGGER WARNING for sexism, violence against women, homophobia and transphobia.

In light of Kirk Sneade’s recent statement regarding his candidacy for UCLU Women’s Officer I, Beth Sutton – one of the two legitimate candidates – have decided to issue a statement.

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On Monday the candidates for the position of UCLU Women’s Officer were announced. On the ballot paper were two self-defining women (Beth Sutton and Helen Chandler-Wilde) and somebody who, up until nominations had self-defined as a man, and continues to do so outside of his election campaign.

Since declaring candidacy, Kirk and Mark Stander (Kirk’s Campaign Manager) have created a campaign page on facebook entitled ‘Kirk Sneade for Womans [sic] Officer 2013’. On this page they published a range of highly offensive material. This included a photo with the words ‘memes are gay’ written across it and Sneade’s ‘campaign video’ which features Captain Kirk from Star Trek kissing a woman and then punching her in the face. Sneade’s, now retracted, manifesto was equally abhorrent – he suggested ‘herding up the pretty girls you see around campus and keeping them ready for emergency transport to the Roxy later on when things start to get a little dry’. Today they released a statement saying they ‘would like to apologise to the feminist, gay and trans communities for any offence caused by material submitted under the Kirk Sneade for Womans [sic] Officer campaign page.’ This post can be seen below:
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It is clear to us that this apology is insincere. If Sneade were truly sorry for the offence they have caused then they would have withdrawn his candidacy. Earlier today at candidates’ breakfast Sneade and Stander met with several feminists who voiced their disgust at their plans to run for Women’s Officer. An argument ensued in which Sneade made a comparison between UCLU’s refusal to publish his manifesto and the persecution of communists in Nazi Germany. It was made clear to the pair that this and other comments were completely unacceptable. We believe that the only reason they have issued an apology is because they have realised the effect that publically running such a misogynistic, homophobic and transphobic campaign would have on them personally in the future. This backtrack is entirely motivated by self-interest. The fact that Sneade and Stander ever started the campaign clearly shows their contempt for women’s liberation.

The material they published was very obviously misogynistic and homophobic and transphobic. We have no doubt that this was clear to them from the moment they added it to their facebook campaign. The fact that they ever thought it was acceptable demonstrates their true feelings towards liberation campaigns and equality.

At the time of writing the ‘Vote Kirk Sneade’ page still features misogynistic material in the form of a post in which Sneade says that every time he hears Chris Brown he feels the need to ‘punch the nearest woman in the face’.

Sneade and Stander have not backed out of the elections and their intentions remain the same. They have always said they plan to abolish the position of Women’s Officer and in their latest post they say that they will ‘save the funds of the union by amalgamating the position over the course of a year into an equalities officer’. This can be interpreted in two ways – either they plan to combine all the liberation officers into one position or they intend to substitute the role of Women’s Officer for an ‘equalities officer’. Whatever is meant by this vacuous statement it proves beyond doubt that they neither understand nor respect liberation campaigns and the people who self-define into them.

We are calling for Kirk sneade and Mark Stander to withdraw Sneade’s candidacy for the position of Women’s Officer and remove their online material. In addition to this, due to the number and range of people their campaign has offended, in order for them to remain members of UCLU we demand that they attend sensitivity and equality training (a service that the Union offers as and when it’s needed).

Signed by:

Beth Sutton – UCLU Women’s Officer, current candidate for full-time Women’s Officer

 

Ruth Nicolson – Feminist Library, London Student Feminist Network
Susuana Antubam – RHUL Feminist Society President
Wanda Canton – Founder/President QMEquality, former QMSU Women’s Officer
Lydia Cray – President KCL Feminist Society
Laura Terry – UCLU LGBT+ Officer
Sophie Thomas – Birkbeck Women’s Officer
Naomi Beecroft – NCAFC National Committee, NCAFC Women’s Committee
Hannah Keenleyside – UCLU LGBT+ Women’s Representative
Amberine Khan – QMSU Women’s Officer
Lawrence Uziell – VP QMEquality
Sidonie Bertrand-Shelton – RHUL Equality and Liberation Officer
Tom Robinson – LGBT+ Trans* Representative
James McAsh – EUSA President, NCAFC National Committee
Annie Tidbury – UCLU Women’s Network
Alice Dunbabin – UCLU Women’s Network Secretary
Sarah Jones – Glasgow University Coalition of Resistance President
Rosie Booth – Women’s Officer University of Birmingham Guild of Students
Hona Luisa – EUSA External Council Rep, NCAFC Women’s Committee
Jannat Hossain – QMSU Multicultural Rep
Francesca Manning – KU Feminist Society
Women’s Association University of Birmingham
Marina Merryweather – Former UCL Cheese Grater Secretary
Mirren Gidda – Pi News Editor
Stef Newton – UCLU LGBT Officer 2011-12
Alistair Hudson
Lauren Tapp – NCAFC Scotland Queer Women’s Rep
Annabel Jones, NUS Women’s Committee, former Birkbeck SU Women’s Officer
Mengqian Li – Women’s Forum Volunteering Officer
Caroline Hill, UCL, Young Labour national committee
Kali Ravel – Member of the Birmingham Fems
Izaak FK
Aisling Gallagher – NUS-USI Women’s Officer, NUS Women’s Committee
Hel Gurney, NUS Women’s Committee
Gideon Greig graduate Queen’s University Belfast
Ginger Drage – UCLU Women’s Network
Chris Sutton UCLU LGBT+ Media Officer
Kirstin Hay, Imperial College Union Feminist Society, Women’s Officer LGBT Labour
Anon
Morgan Hale – RHUL LGBT+ Representative
Mark Tomlinson – Former Treasurer UCLU Jazz and Drama Societies
Natalie James – UCLU Women’s Network
Clopin Meehan – President of Glasgow Uni Feminist Society
Nina Grant – Bangor University Senator, Women’s Society member
Ben Towse – UCLU Postgraduate Association President
Hannah Webb – UCLU Community Officer
Jeannie Hyslop Parsons – EUSA Trustee
Aurora Adams – EUSA
Matthew Hollinshead – UWE
Jenny Willis – UCLU Music Society
Alex Daish – Graphics Editor of UCL Cheese Grater.
Rich T – Bristol SWP
Thais Yanez – ULU SENATE. NCAFC National Committee
Safia Ebbatson – UCL gender and fem soc
Peter Walke – UCL
Hannah Sketchley – Cheese Grater Investigations Ed 11-12 and UCLU Student Media Officer 11-12
Anne Fitzgibbon
Joe Dewhurst – PPLS Postgrad Rep, Edinburgh University
Laurie Cannell – UCLU LGBT+ Forum
Jacob Mirzaian – Leeds University Union Feminist Society
Jon Wright – UCL undergraduate
Kaedi Harris – UCL
Claire McIntyre – LLC Rep, Edinburgh University
Becca Day-Preston, University of Manchester
Eleanor Penny – UCL Gender & Feminism Society
Mical Nelken – UCL Gender & Feminism Society
Victoria Butcher – UCL Gender & Feminism Society
Kerry Johnson – candidate for Birkbeck Women’s Officer
Hannah Wait- UCL Undergraduate
Stevie Rankin – candidate for QMSU Women’s Representative
Serena Mitchell- UCL Gender & Feminism
Lisa Whitehead – Labour Studens South East Regional co-ordinator
Chris Evans – University of Manchester
Aine Mullan
Charlie Hindhaugh – Warwick SU Social Sciences Rep
Abigail Lewis – University of Warwick, Deputy Editor of the Boar and Senior Editor of Feminspire.com
Andrew Robinson – Leeds Met.
Nicole Rowe – LSE Gender student
Harry Cross – Diversity Officer, Durham Uni Labour Club
Frederick Sullivan-Wallace – Greenwich labour society
Alex Sargeson – Leicester Labour
Jack Lay – Kent Union
Thomas Messenger – Warwick Labour
Ben Dilks – University of York Students Union
Jack Boardman – Nottingham University
Daniel Johnston – St Andrews Uni, Vice-Chair of Scottish Labour Students
Marc Geddes – Chair, South Yorkshire Young Labour
Jack Falkingham – KCL
Joe Whitley
Sam Woodcock – Labour Students
Brad Marshall – University of Leicester NUS Delegate
Callum Munro – Labour Students
Joe Ferreira – Kent Union Chair
Tony Richards – LSESU Labour Communications Officer
Tom Masters
Matt Davies – University of Warwick, UofWarwick Labour Society
Joe Anderson – Chair, LSE Students’ Union General Meeting
Ricky Hardy – University of Leeds
Emma O’Dwyer – National Chair of Labour Students
Michael Rubin, Education Officer Elect, University of Leicester Students’ Union
Tom Rutland – Labour Students National Committee
Joe Vinson – NUS NEC / President of Cornwall College SU
Tyron Wilson – University of Essex Students’ Union, Equality and Diversity Officer
Harry Langford – Chair, NTU Labour Club
Ben Murray – University of Warwick
Baris Yerli – University of Warwick
Sarah Webster – University of Manchester
Kevin McNamara – President of Kent University Liberal Democrats, Kent Union LGBT Campaign Committee member
Caroline Dubois – UCL Student & UCLU Women’s Rugby
Martha Gillespie – Ethics and Environment officer RHUL, RHUL Feminist Society
Emma Spowart – UCL, President UCLU SSAGO
Elliot Evans – former Trans Rep, NUS LGBT Committee
Rika Talukder – former RUMS VP for Welfare
Claire McIntyre – LLC Rep, Edinburgh University
Steven Pettitt – RHUL LGBT Society Secretary
Søren Goard – VP Education, Goldsmiths College SU
Lenny Hodges – UCL
Pouneh Ahari – Vice-Chair Leicester labour
NM Duffy, Kent Union LGBT Campaign Media Officer
Franziska Harbich – Warwick University Anti-Sexism Society VP
Sarah McAlpine – contributor to The Independent, former President of UKC Feminist Society
Rebecca Wright- member of Bristol University Feminist Society
Jade Symonds- Treasurer, LSESU Labour and Cooperative Society
Søren Goard – VP Education Officer at Goldsmiths SU
Annie Cooke, UCL
Catherine Bond-Harris – UCL Gender and Feminism Society
Eve Worth: Women’s Officer, Oxford University Labour Club
Faith Anderson- UCL Student
Emilia Antiglio – University of Warwick
Sam Conway- London Young Labour Committee Member
Samantha Castles – Chair of the University of Essex Feminist Society, Women’s Committee member   and NUS Women’s Conference Delegate
Renni Eddo-Lodge – UCL MA Gender Studies Postgraduate
Ellen Doggett – University of Warwick Undergraduate
Miranda Brown – UCL ASHS Secretary
Eleanor Broadbent – Leeds University Union
Georgia Emblen – Leeds University Alumni
Kady Tee – Leeds Metropolitan University Union
Arthur Baker – Undergraduate Humanities Rep, University of Manchester
Abi Wilkinson – University of Bristol
Dominic Curran – Warwick Students’ Union Campaigns Councillor
Emma Glassey – LSE Student
Katie Dichard – Medical Women’s Federation BSMS representative
Embla Magnusdottir – LGBT* Society President at Leeds Met Student Union
Calum Cockburn – UCL
Olivia Lynes – UCL
Callum Strode – Head Publicist, PRpivot
Amy Reddington – Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge.
Harriet D. – UCL student.
Michael Thorns – Charity & Fundraising Officer, University of Essex Student’s Union
Sian Watson – University of Essex Fem Soc
Taisia Beleanina – UCL Student
Alice Stott – LSESU Women’s Officer
Chantel Le Carpentier – Labour Students National Women’s Officer
Ben Hawkes, University of Portsmouth
Rebecca Spaven – UCL Undergraduate
Sam Carpenter – Birkbeck student
Graham Clarke – Birkbeck BA Student
Hanna Stentoft – UCLU Nordic Society Social Secretary
Katharine Howard-Comber – University of Leeds student
Ellie Nelson – University of Bristol
Matt Corner – UCL student
Joshi Sidhu – Birkbeck Students’ Union
Stefani Kalife
Eleanor Griffiths – former Queen Mary QMEquality member
Robyn Sands, UEA Student
Lauren Brown – UCL
James Smith – Out Reach Officer for Leeds Met LGBT*
Aarti Sehdev – UCL
Charley Hasted – Lambeth College Student, Dulwich and West Norwood Liberal Democrats Exec (personal capacity)
Laura Martin, RHUL Feminism Society
Cel West – Queer Resistance
Sophie McKie – University of Sheffield
Grace Harvey
Ellie Cameron-Smith – QMUL
Thomas Hughes – Leeds Met LGBT* Treasurer
Ophelia Lai – UCL
Sarah Noble – Coordinator of Leeds University Union Feminist Society, candidate for LUU Equality and Diversity Officer
Vimbai Dzimwasha – UCL
Amanda Langston
Matthew Deaves – UCL and University of Iceland student
Matthew Smith – Ruskin College Student Union President
Olivia Walker – UCL Brain Sciences Faculty Representative
Amy Masson – Full Time Women’s Officer, University of Sheffield Students’ Union Rachel Tibbetts – Councillor, University of Sheffield Students’ Union
Rachel Merritt
Natalie King – Sheffield University Women’s Committee
Claire Roper – University of Sheffield Students’ Union, English Society President
Lucy Pedrick – University of Sheffield Women’s Councillor
Any Godwin – Secretary, Birkbeck Pride
Natalie Lloyd – University of Salford LGBT Society Secretary
Emma Barker – UCL
Yael Shafritz – Sheffield LGBT Campaigns Officer
Alison Moulds – Birkbeck Women’s Campaigns Committee
Ana Hine – Dundee University
Tris Rogers – UCL
Sarah Soormally – Queen Mary’s
Beth Sparks – Queen Mary’s
Tom Cowie – UCL
Patrick Cullen – Founder member, LSE SU Feminist Society 2006-08
Ananya Rao-Middleton – Goldsmiths University student
Laura Dunbabin – University of Leeds
Ross Speer – LSE NUS Delegate
Bethan Jones – UCL
Kristie Waller – Ruskin College, Women’s Officer
Daniel Bowman – UCL Debating Society
Sophie Willmington – Birkbeck College
Christopher Maurice Brown – Los Angeles
Steph Day – UCLBC Women’s captain
Heather P – Durham University
George McVicar
Gabriel Everington – LSE student
Lucy Yaqub – London School of Economics
Phoebe Hall – UCL
Sylvia H Goodrick – UCL student
Sally Bonsall – LSE Student and LSESU Feminist Society
Aislinn O Reilly – UCL
Hattie M – UCL, Pi Section Editor
Sabine Sharp – University of Sheffield, former Petroc (Barnstaple Campus) LGBT Officer
Samantha Hallett – UoM Student

 

If you would like to add your name to this please comment below- if you feel unsafe with leaving your real name please simply write anon.

We accept signatures from all.

But please be aware that some people have felt the need to submit comments that are against this statement, we have accepted those that do not feature hate speech.

 

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221 comments
  1. If you would also like to sign the statement comment with name below. Solidarity!

    • Marina Merryweather said:

      I would like to give my support. Former UCL Cheese Grater Secretary here. 🙂

    • Mirren Gidda said:

      Really can’t stay unbiased about this

      Mirren, Pi News Editor

    • Stef Newton said:

      Stef Newton – UCLU LGBT Officer 2011-12

    • Serena Mitchell said:

      here you go Serena Mitchell – UCL Gender & Feminism Society

    • Steven Pettitt said:

      Steven Pettitt, RHUL LGBT Society Secretary

    • Rika Talukder said:

      Rika Talukder – former RUMS VP for Welfare

    • Elliot Evans said:

      Elliot Evans, former Trans Rep, NUS LGBT Committee

    • Marina Merryweather said:

      Hi, I don’t mean to be picky, but you spelled my name wrong on the statement. It’s Merryweather with a Y.

    • Michael Rubin said:

      Please add my support.

      Michael Rubin, Education Officer Elect, University of Leicester Students’ Union

    • Alex Sargeson said:

      Alex Sargeson, Leicester Labour

    • Harry Cross (Diversity Officer, Durham Uni Labour Club) said:

      Harry Cross (Diversity Officer, Durham Uni Labour Club)

    • Charlie Hindhaugh said:

      Charlie Hindhaugh – Warwick SU Social Sciences Rep

    • Aine Mullan said:

      This is disgraceful.

    • Solidarity!
      NM Duffy, Kent Union LGBT Campaign Media Officer

    • Leonard Hodges said:

      UCL student

    • Emma Glassey said:

      LSE Student

    • Jade Symonds said:

      Jade Symonds- Treasurer, LSESU Labour and Cooperative Society

    • Faith Anderson said:

      UCL Student

    • Miranda Brown said:

      Miranda Brown, UCL ASHS Secretary

    • Dom Curran said:

      Dominic Curran, Warwick Students’ Union Campaigns Councillor

    • Ellen Doggett said:

      Ellen Doggett – University of Warwick undergrad.

    • Olivia Lynes (UCL) said:

      Agreed!

    • Embla Magnusdottir said:

      I would like to sign.
      Embla Magnusdottir LGBT* Society President at Leeds Met Student Union

    • Katie Dichard said:

      Solidarity from Brighton! Katie Dichard – Medical Women’s Federation BSMS representative

    • Alex Statham said:

      I agree that these guys are unpleasant. I personally don’t share any of their views.
      However I do believe they have the right to run their campaign and we should allow democracy to run its course.
      If he claims to self-identify as female, however unbelievable that might be, it must be accepted in the absence of any proof to the contrary. If he holds misogynist, homophobic or transphobic views, we can only trust in the student body not sharing them and hope that through democratic process he isn’t elected.

      • Patrick Carey said:

        I have to agree wholeheartedly with Alex here. The university has accepted his candidacy, therefore he is a legitimate candidate for the position, he may run on any platform he chooses and it is in the hands of the electorate to decide whether or not they would like to see him in the role. If you dislike Mr. Sneade vote for one of his opponents, this is how democracy works, those with ‘outlying’ views/manifestos don’t win elections as they don’t sway the majority.

        For what it’s worth I think the majority of the misogynistic/offensive material associated with the candidate is intended as an ironic statement on their being an equalities role in the union that has a bar to entrance based on gender.

    • Amanda Langston said:

      You have my support.

    • Grace Harvey said:

      Unbelievable.

    • C said:

      Charley Hasted- Lambeth College Student, Dulwich and West Norwood Liberal Democrats Exec (personal capacity)

    • Katharine Howard-Comber said:

      Katharine Howard-Comber, University of Leeds student

    • Sam Carpenter said:

      Signed – Sam Carpenter (Birkbeck student)

    • Alice Stott said:

      Alice Stott LSESU Women’s Officer

    • Alice Stott said:

      LSESU Women’s Officer

    • Taisia Beleanina said:

      UCL Student

    • Yael said:

      Yael Shafritz
      Sheffield LGBT campaigns officer

    • Rachel Tibbetts said:

      I would like to add my signature – Rachel Tibbetts, Languages Councillor, Uni of Sheffield Students’ Union.

    • Amy said:

      Amy Masson – Full Time Women’s Officer, University of Sheffield Students’ Union

    • Olivia Walker said:

      I wish to have my name added to the statement – Olivia Walker, UCL Brain Sciences Faculty Representative.

    • Samantha Hallett said:

      UoM Student

    • Hattie Mahony said:

      Hattie M, Pi Section Editor

    • Aislinn O Reilly said:

      Would like to sign please. Aislinn O Reilly

    • Sally Bonsall said:

      Sally Bonsall – LSE Student and LSESU Feminist Society

    • Phoebe Hall said:

      Phoebe Hall – UCL

    • Gabriel Everington said:

      Gabriel Everington, LSE student

    • I would say that the Chris Brown was obviously tongue in cheek but nonetheless Kirk Sneade has clearly not taken the role of women’s officer at all seriously and yes, he should withdraw his candidacy until he can actually demonstrate some level of respect for women, so add me to the list!

    • Steph Day said:

      UCLBC Women’s captain

    • Yasmin Dualeh said:

      Yasmin Dualeh, UCL Women’s Network BME Representative

    • Sophie Willmington said:

      Utterly disgusted at this. Sophie Willmington, student, Birkbeck College.

    • Claudia Andresco said:

      Former UCL student

    • Grace Fysh said:

      Grace Fysh – UCL

    • Megan Davies said:

      You have my support all the way, this is mental!

    • Kristie Waller said:

      Kristie Waller, Ruskin College, Women’s Officer

    • Patrick Cullen said:

      I, too, would like to sign:

      Patrick Cullen – Founder member, LSE SU Feminist Society 2006-08.

  2. Alistair Hudson said:

    Agreed.

  3. Lauren Tapp said:

    Lauren Tapp – NCAFC Scotland Queer Women’s Rep

  4. A Jones said:

    Annabel Jones, NUS Women’s Committee, former Birkbeck SU Women’s Officer

  5. Mengqian Li said:

    Well written the statement. Can’t agree more! Please add my name to it; Mengqian Li – Women’s Forum Volunteering Officer

  6. Caroline Hill said:

    Caroline Hill, UCL, Young Labour national committee

  7. Kali Ravel – Member of the Birmingham Fems

  8. Izaak FK said:

    Signed.

  9. Admin said:

    This is absolutely ridiculous. I can’t believe the union is allowing this person to even stay as a candidate when he has blatantly abused the self-definition loop hole and clearly knows very little, if at all anything about liberation groups.

    Solidarity to the candidates running against this boy.

  10. Aisling Gallagher – NUS-USI Women’s Officer, NUS Women’s Committee

  11. Hel Gurney, NUS Women’s Committee.

  12. ggreig3 said:

    Gideon Greig graduate Queen’s University Belfast I ran for Equality and Diversity officer at the university I believe that this is a deliberate misogynistic attempt to sabotage a campaign.

  13. Shutthefuckup said:

    Stfu

  14. Chris Sutton said:

    Chris Sutton UCLU LGBT+ Media Officer

  15. Kirstin Hay said:

    Kirstin Hay, Imperial College Union Feminist Society
    Women’s Officer LGBT Labour

  16. Morgan Hale, RHUL LGBT+ Representative said:

    This candidacy is revolting. There’s no way I couldn’t sign.

  17. Mark Tomlinson said:

    Mark Tomlinson
    Former Treasurer UCLU Jazz and Drama Societies
    ex-uclu member
    Human

  18. Natalie James said:

    Natalie James, UCLU Women’s Network

  19. Clopin Meehan, President of Glasgow Uni Feminist Society

  20. If you want signatures from men:
    Ben Towse, UCLU Postgraduate Association President

  21. Hannah Webb said:

    Hannah Webb UCLU Community Officer

  22. Jenny said:

    Jenny Willis, UCLU Music Society

  23. Alex said:

    Alex Daish, Graphics Editor of UCL Cheese Grater.

  24. Rich T said:

    This is frankly disgusting, I can’t believe the university are entertaining it. This campaign has my full support and solidarity.

    Rich T – Bristol SWP

  25. Thais Yanez , ULU SENATE. National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts- National Committee

  26. Peter Walke said:

    Peter Walke. Pretty sure Kirk hasn’t heard of Godwin’s law then.

  27. Hannah Sketchley said:

    Hannah Sketchley, Cheese Grater Investigations Ed 11-12 and UCLU Student Media Officer 11-12

  28. Anne Fitzgibbon said:
  29. josef747 said:

    Joe Dewhurst, PPLS Postgrad Rep, Edinburgh University

  30. Laurie said:

    Laurie Cannell – UCLU LGBT+ Forum

  31. kaedi harris said:

    Kaedi- good statement, they cannot ignore this!

  32. Jon Wright said:

    Jon Wright, UCL undergraduate

  33. Jacob said:

    Jacob Mirzaian – Leeds University Union (who has an equality & diversity officer) Feminist Society

  34. Becca said:

    Becca Day-Preston, University of Manchester

  35. Kerry said:

    Kerry Johnson, candidate for Birkbeck Women’s Officer.

  36. Melissa said:

    Melissa Powell, UCLU women’s forum

  37. Hannah Wait said:

    I completely agree!

  38. Stevie Rankin said:

    Stevie Rankin – candidate for QMSU Women’s Representative.

  39. Søren Goard – VP Education, Goldsmiths College SU

  40. Emma Spowart said:

    Emma Spowart – great statement!

  41. Martha Gillespie said:

    This is abhorrent. I would like to sign, my name is Martha Gillespie and I’m Ethics and Environment officer for royal holloway. I’m also apart of rhul fem soc. You have my full support over this matter. Solidarity! X

  42. Caroline Dubois said:

    UCL

  43. Sarah Webster said:

    Sarah Webster, University of Manchester

  44. Baris Yerli said:

    University of Warwick

  45. Harry Langford said:

    I would like to give my support. Harry Langford, Chair, NTU Labour Club.

  46. Tyron Wilson said:

    Tyron Wilson – University of Essex Students’ Union, Equality and Diversity Officer

  47. Joe Vinson said:

    Adding my support to this:

    Joe Vinson – NUS NEC / President of Cornwall College SU

  48. Tom Rutland said:

    Tom Rutland – Labour Students National Committee

  49. Emma O'Dwyer said:

    Emma O’Dwyer – National Chair of Labour Students

  50. Ricky Hardy said:

    Ricky Hardy, University of Leeds

  51. Joe Anderson said:

    Joe Anderson, Chair, LSE Students’ Union General Meeting

  52. Matt Davies said:

    Completely disgraceful.

    Matt Davies- University of Warwick, UofWarwick Labour Society

  53. Tom Masters said:

    Tom Masters

  54. Tony Richards said:

    Tony Richards LSESU Labour Communications Officer

  55. Callum Munro said:

    Callum Munro – Labour Students

  56. Joe Ferreira said:

    Joe Ferreira, Kent Union Chair

  57. Brad Marshall said:

    Please add my support.

    Brad Marshall – University of Leicester NUS Delegate

  58. Sam Woodcock said:

    Labour Students

  59. Jack Falkingham, KCL said:

    Jack Falkingham, KCL

  60. gedmar said:

    Marc Geddes, Chair, South Yorkshire Young Labour

  61. Daniel Johnston said:

    Daniel Johnston – St Andrews Uni, Vice-Chair of Scottish Labour Students

  62. Jack Boardman said:

    Just to add my support to this Statement,

    Jack Boardman
    Nottingham University

  63. Ben Dilks said:

    Ben Dilks, University of York Students Union

  64. Thomas Messenger said:

    Thomas Messenger – Warwick Labour

  65. Frederick Sullivan Wallace said:

    Frederick Sullivan-Wallace, Greenwich labour society

  66. UCLU Guidance Document on Elections said:

    If you think deliberately circumventing rules put in place to ensure democratic fair play is the best way to combat alleged injustice and bigotry, I can only hope the UCLU Chair agrees.

    “2.9.Candidates or supporters who are currently or have previously been a UCLU officer, volunteer or staff member must not use any facilities or communication methods available exclusively to them and not to other students, for the purpose of campaigning for an individual candidate or candidates.”

    “Candidates and their supporters may not:
    2.8.1. reference another candidate’s personal traits of character.
    2.8.2. misrepresent another candidates religious, political, or other views or actions”

    I advise that you remove all speculative content from your post including references to your opinion of his motivations and character.

    Mr. Sneade has already been issued a formal complaint against Sam Gaus who contravened “2.5. Candidates must not be endorsed by any of the Full Time Officers nor the Union Chair” by refusing to publish an updated manifesto and so tacitly endorsing the other two candidates.

    This was a witless, politically inept way to try to convey a valid message.

  67. Andrew Robinson said:

    Reading about this Man left affoul taste in my mouth, his views are both disgusting and backward. I hope he takes heed of this petition and fucks off back to the Victorian Times. – Andrew Robinson, Leeds Met.

  68. Chris Evans said:

    Chris Evans, University of Manchester

  69. Lisa Whitehead- Labour Studens South East Regional co-ordinator

  70. Sarah McAlpine, sporadic contributor to The Independent and former President of UKC Feminist Society.

  71. Franziska said:

    I support this statement – Warwick University Anti-Sexism Society VP

  72. pounehahari said:

    Pouneh Ahari – Vice-Chair Leicester labour

  73. 24601 said:

    The whole situation is rather bemusing!! I will not discuss which side I am on but I would like an answer to what may appear to be a silly question. I was just wondering what the stance (in particular Beth’s stance) is on the addressing of women as ‘sluts or slags’? Genuine question. It’s just, I’ve witnessed Beth Sutton addressing a group of 3 girls as ‘sluts’ in public as they were wearing not unreasonably short skirts. I was just thinking that surely one of the essences of women’s rights is to be able to wear what they please without being subjected to abuse whether it be physical or verbal. Just saying

    • HOW DARE YOU!!!!

      I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHERE AND WHEN YOU THINK THIS HAPPENED.

      THIS IS SLANDER!!

      Beth Sutton

  74. 24601 said:

    It’s libel actually as it’s written. It was seen and heard by myself and those involved. There are 6 witnesses who saw and heard. I really didn’t want involvement in all this rubbish but people have a right to know these things. Whilst it was not during your campaign the fact that you did say those words in public puts your position into some disrepute. Yes you are angry now but as a liberation campaigner you cannot go around getting angry at people that disagree with you (i.e. deleting posts) that kind of censorship is reminiscent of dictatorships of historic times, the kind of systems you supposedly find so abhorrent. Just saying!!

  75. Bahar Mustafa - women's officer and member of feminist society at goldsmiths said:

    Brilliant Beth, approached with maturity and I believe shows why you’ll make an awesome women’s officer. Love and solidarity.

  76. Rebecca Wright said:

    Rebecca Wright, member of Bristol University Feminist Society

  77. Emilia Antiglio said:

    Emilia Antiglio – University of Warwick

  78. Eve Worth said:

    Eve Worth: Women’s Officer, Oxford University Labour Club

  79. Annie said:

    Annie Cooke, UCL

  80. Catherine Bond-Harris said:

    Catherine Bond-Harris – UCL Gender and Feminism Society

  81. Søren Goard – VP Education Officer at Goldsmiths SU

  82. Sam Conway said:

    Absolute support. Sam Conway, London Young Labour committee member

  83. Eleanor Broadbent said:

    Why has his candidacy not been removed by the Union?

    Eleanor Broadbent, Leeds University Union
    Georgia Emblen, Leeds University Alumni
    Kady Tee, Leeds Metropolitan University Union

  84. Harriet Drage said:

    Harriet D. UCL student.

  85. Amy Reddington said:

    Sufficiently disgusting.

    Amy Reddington, Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge.

  86. Calum Cockburn said:

    Calum Cockburn, UCL

  87. Matthew Deaves said:

    Matthew Deaves, UCL and University of Iceland student.

  88. vimbaidzimwasha said:

    Vimbai Dzimwasha, UCL.

  89. Sarah Noble, Coordinator of Leeds University Union Feminist Society, candidate for LUU Equality and Diversity Officer.

  90. Ophelia Lai said:

    Ophelia Lai, UCL

  91. Thomas Hughes said:

    Absolutely disgusting!!

    Thomas Hughes, Leeds Met LGBT* Treasurer

  92. Ellie Cameron-Smith said:

    Ellie Cameron-Smith – QMUL.

  93. Sophie McKie said:

    Sophie McKie – University of Sheffield

  94. Cel West said:

    Signed,

    Cel West, Queer Resistance

  95. Aarti Sehdev said:

    This makes me feel physically sick.

    Aarti Sehdev,, UCL

  96. James Robert Michael Smith said:

    James Smith Out Reach Officer for Leeds Met LGBT*

  97. Lauren said:

    Lauren Brown – UCL

  98. Robyn Sands said:

    Robyn Sands, UEA Student

  99. Eleanor Griffiths said:

    Eleanor Griffiths, former Queen Mary QMEquality member.

  100. Stefani Kalife said:

    I’m giving my support!

  101. matt corner said:

    Matt corner

  102. Hanna Stentoft said:

    Hanna Stentoft, UCLU Nordic Society Social Secretary.

  103. Graham Clarke said:

    I wholly support this.

    Graham Clarke – Birkbeck BA Student (Year 2)

  104. Rebecca Spaven said:

    Rebecca Spaven – UCL Undergraduate

  105. Benjamin Hawkes said:

    Ben Hawkes, University of Portsmouth

  106. I’m adding my name to this statement because there is no place for this obvious disregard for women and liberation as a whole.

    The other candidates have my full support in fighting this.

    Chantel Le Carpentier – Labour Students National Women’s Officer

  107. Sian Watson said:

    Sian Watson – University of Essex Fem Soc

  108. It’s sad for me, as I come from south west Wales, similarly to Kirk Sneade, and his behaviour mirrors the immaturity and mysgoynistic attitude that is quite frequently found there. Hopefully Kirk Sneade will come to his senses, and following what one would expect from 3 years of university, show some maturity and respect for others.

    Signed,
    Tom Cowie, UCL undergraduate

  109. Beth Sparks said:

    Beth Sparks – Queen Mary, University of London

  110. Sarah Soormally said:

    Sarah Soormally, Queen Mary, UoL

  111. Tris Rogers said:

    What a pair of clodhoppers. Sign me up – Tris Rogers (UCL)

  112. anahine said:

    This whole situation is awful and it makes me so angry to see a cis man trivialising the struggle of transwomen by co-opting their hard won rights for his petty campaign.

    Please add me.

    Ana Hine – Dundee University Feminist Society Vice-President

  113. Alison Moulds said:

    Alison Moulds – Birkbeck student, member of Birkbeck’s Women’s Campaigns Committee

  114. Natalie Lloyd said:

    Natalie Lloyd – University of Salford, LGBT Society Secretary

  115. Lucy Pedrick said:

    Lucy Pedrick, University of Sheffield Women’s Councillor

  116. Claire Roper said:

    Claire Roper – University of Sheffield, President of Sheffield Students’ Union English Society

  117. Natalie King said:

    The ‘make the Women’s Officer an Equalities Officer’ line is OLD. People need to stop trying to lump liberation campaigns together as if they’re all complete abnormalities.

    Natalie King – Uni of Sheffield student and member of Sheffield Uni Women’s Committee.

  118. Rachel Merritt said:

    Rachel Merritt

  119. Sabine Sharp said:

    Sabine Sharp, University of Sheffield, former Petroc (Barnstaple Campus) LGBT Officer

  120. Lucy Yaqub said:

    Please add my name: Lucy Yaqub, London School of Economics

  121. Heather P said:

    Heather P, Durham University

  122. Christopher Maurice Brown said:

    Christopher Maurice Brown – Los Angeles

  123. Grace Root said:

    Grace Root, University of Nottingham student, UCL alumna.

  124. Mattie Thaddeus-Johns said:

    Definitely add my name!

    Mattie Thaddeus-Johns
    Manchester University

  125. Rebecca Moore said:

    Rebecca Moore – Manchester Labour Students, Man Met University.

  126. Isabella Boman-Flavell said:

    University of York Students’ Union

  127. helena said:

    Helena Dollimore – Young Labour Vice Chair (Policy)

  128. Katherine Birdwood said:

    Katherine Birdwood, University of York Students’ Union

  129. Zaki Dogliani said:

    Please add my support
    Zaki Dogliani
    Co-chair, Bristol Labour Students

  130. Bruno Leipold said:

    Bruno Leipold – UCL

  131. Add my name: Kallum Taylor, York University Students’ Union President.

  132. Max Bell said:

    Please add my name: Max Bell, University of Sheffield Student. Best of luck with the campaign!

  133. bethanytaylor22 said:

    Bethany Taylor Kent Union Womens Officer elect.

  134. Millie Perkins said:

    Millie Perkins – University of York Women’s officer

  135. Harry S said:

    I can’t believe that all of the people above are happy to sign their name to this post. Have any of you never heard about democracy. You are more than welcome to disagree with his viewpoint, however he should be allowed to voice his opinion in a debate. If people do not like his view, then do not vote for him,. The candidate with the most votes wins. You cannot tell the Conservatives not to run at the election because some of their MPs do not agree with gay marriage. just do not vote for it!!

  136. Daniel Bowman said:

    Daniel Bowman, UCL (Debating Society)

  137. Bethan Jones said:

    UCL student

  138. Ross Speer said:

    Ross Speer, LSE NUS Delegate

  139. Laura Dunbabin said:

    Can’t believe some people are falling for his lies and taking him seriously!

    Laura Dunbabin – sane person (University of Leeds)

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