CUSU Election 2017: Marcel Llavero Pasquina

Abby Watson 3 March 2017

Marcel Llavero Pasquina, a first-year PhD student at the Department of Plant Sciences, is running for the position of University Councillor in the imminent CUSU-GU Election. He is competing against two other candidates for this position: Joshua Jackson and Umang Khandelwal.  The Cambridge Student asked each candidate why they were running, and for a comment on their manifesto’s key policies.

“My candidature is raised as a response to the undemocratic decisions that the Council has taken this last month. Last February, the Fossil Fuel Divestment Grace was passed by Regent House but in a total unprecedented move, the Council has deemed it only “advisory” and is trying to ignore its demand. This Grace is of key concern for both students and academics at the University as multiple student demonstrations, petitions and open letters have put forward this last year. I therefore decide to put myself forward as a candidate for University Councillor to bring the demands of the various student advocacy groups right at the heart of Cambridge decision making.”

“I will clearly advocate for a policy of Fossil Fuels Divestment. The demand has been on the table for years already, and pressure is building; we have now the opportunity to defend Divestment from the University Council. I am certain that there is a wide consensus among students in favour of divestment, and I hope that the other candidates clearly show this demand up in their agendas too.”

Voting for the election opens at 9am on Tuesday 7 March and closes on Friday 10 March at 5pm.