Daisy Eyre elected CUSU president

Will Tilbrook 10 March 2017

*All results are provisional, and need to be confirmed*

Daisy Eyre has been elected as CUSU president with a final margin of over 1107 votes, beating her rival Jack Drury in the second round of voting, and Keir Murison, who was eliminated after the first, in the race for the top job.

4719 eligible votes were cast, with 2253 for Eyre, 1434 for Drury and 900 for Murison. 132 votes were cast in favour of reopening nominations. Murison and RON were eliminated after this first round as no candidates reached the quorum required. In the second round, Drury received 1639 votes to Eyre's 2746 votes.

After her victory, Eyre thanked her campaign team, congratulated her fellow candidates, and said: "The hard work starts now."

There was also success for those running for sabbatical positions.

Martha Krish will become the next Education Officer after receiving 2939 votes to 468 votes for RON; Micha Frazer-Carroll has been elected Welfare and Rights Officer-Elect with 2847 votes to RON's 476 votes, and Olivia Hylton-Pennant will be the new Access and Funding Officer after winning 2794 votes to RON's 495 votes.

In the elections where only self-defining students could cast their vote, Lola Olufemi successfully beat RON with 1087 votes to RON's 82, meaning she will become the next Women's Officer, and Florence Oulds will become the new Disabled Students' Officer with 295 votes cast for her and 60 votes for RON.

Meanwhile, Umang Khandelwal has been re-elected as University Councillor, beating her opponents Josh Jackson and Marcel Llavero Pasquina in a hotly-contested election. At first count, 910 votes were cast for Khandelwal, with 936 for Jackson, and 465 for Llavero Pasquina. 376 votes were cast to RON. As a result Llavero Pasquina and RON were eliminated. In the second round, Khandelwal won 1170 votes to Jackson's 1111 votes.

The referendum result concerning constitutional changes to CUSU saw the YES camp prevail with 2634 votes to 445 votes for NO.

Daisy Eyre's victory comes in the wake of controversy earlier in the week, when her campaign was suspended for nine hours on Wednesday by the CUSU Elections Committee (EC) due to one of her flyers being defaced with derogatory comments attacking her opponent Jack Drury. The Eyre compaign appealed to the Junior Proctor, who "partially upheld" the EC's ruling, but acknowledged that the penalty was overly severe.

Eyre has been elected on a manifesto which targets Cambridge's "systematic issues", which she highlights to be access, mental health and workload. Her policies include: working to improve access after matriculation, creating a support network for intermitting students, and training supervisors so that they can better handle situations where students are struggling with work-related issues.