BREAKING: Peterhouse votes remain in CUSU referendum

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Peterhouse JCR has voted to remain in CUSU, with 61.6% of votes cast in favour of staying affiliated.

A total of 151 votes were cast, meaning that over 50% of those eligible to vote participated. There were 93 votes for remain and 58 votes to leave.

The referendum split Peterhouse’s JCR Committee, with Elizabeth Lloyd (JCR Vice President) and Naomi Obeng (JCR BME Officer) leading the Remain cause at a referendum debate on Wednesday. Julian Sutcliffe (JCR LGBT Officer) led the Leave campaign.

Speaking to The Cambridge Student, Sutcliffe commented "this result shows that while many have sincere doubts, people in Peterhouse do believe in CUSU's ability to reform, and I hope they can live up to that promise."

Issues raised at the debate included liberation campaigns, training for JCR officers, and competence.

The college’s MCR is already disaffiliated from CUSU.

Peterhouse joins Selwyn, Robinson, and Churchill in voting to remain.

The college held a referendum in 2009 in a JCR meeting, but there were no votes in favour of so-called Pexit. The poll was described as “a good idea for democracy in college” by then-JCR president Joe Ruiz.

Corpus Christi and Caius colleges remain the only two JCRs disaffiliated from CUSU. Corpus voted to disaffiliate in 2010, with 71% of undergraduates and 86% of postgraduates voting to leave. 70% of Caius voted to disaffiliate in 2013, with a turnout of 36%.

CUSU’s 2016-17 budget reveals that it received just over 10% of its £822,464 income from Common Room Affiliation fees.

This article was updated to include a comment from Julian Sutcliffe 

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