Joe Rooney first Green to get elected to "Block of 12"
The Green Party has welcomed Joe Rooney's election to the National Executive of the NUS. As a member of the so called "Block of 12", Joe will be able to vote at the National Executive Committee meetings and National Conference.
Joe commented, "I'm really pleased to be the first Green to get elected to the National Executive. My priorities are to make sure the recommendations of the Foster Review of Further Education are fully implemented and to ensure that we do some really active campaigning on Ethical and Environmental issues in the coming year."
The Young Greens were established as the student and youth wing of the Green Party in 2003 and have grown rapidly. The election of Joe Rooney has demonstrated that social and environmental concerns are of growing relevance for today's student population and the increasing visibility of Green groups in a number of universities.
Peter Cranie, Elections Co-ordinator for England and Wales, welcomed the result:
"Green politics can make a difference. Joe has a proven track record as a full time officer in West Midland NUS. He will continue to campaign on social and environmental issues to benefit all NUS members."
Young Greens are a rising political force within student politics. The LSESU Green Party became the biggest political party at the LSE this year and 2 LSESU Green Party members have now been elected to the LSESU Executive Committee, in the most politically active students' union in the country.