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Graduates a step nearer to full voting rights

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GRADUATE MEMBERS won a 25 year campaign to receive full representation on Council in a historic vote last week.

Council voted in favour of allowing two graduate members to be appointed to sit on Council with full voting rights. There are currently 15,298 graduate members of the ICE - 19.8% of the total. The total subscription revenue they pay is £1,549,000.

Until now, the only graduate member allowed to be present was the Graduates and Students National Committee chairman - currently Greg Lutton. However, the chairman does not have voting rights and may only speak if asked.

Under the agreement the chairman will keep his observer role and two graduate members will be elected by the graduate membership to take an active role in Council. The total number of Council members will not change since the two graduate members will replace two corporate members.

The move is part of along term goal to achieve full voting rights for graduate members which was recommended in the Future Framework Presidential Commission. Lutton told NCE: 'This is a good step towards full voting rights and I am very pleased and encouraged by the way the move was accepted by Council. It's a victory but no more than we deserve.'

The Privy Council has indicated it is sympathetic to the proposal. The by-law amendments will be submitted to a ballot of the corporate membership in June. It is expected that graduates will be allowed to elect their two members to Council in the 2001 elections.

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