The Tab gets its prediction spot on as Flick Osborn comes out on top in the CUSU presidential elections. Read all the action from the night, as it happened.

Flick Osborn has been announced as the new CUSU President, seeing off rival George Bangham by 147 votes.

Osborn had been ahead at the online stage, and she extended her winning margin after the paper ballot was counted. The remaining candidate, Greg Hill, struggled to keep up with what ended up being a two-horse race.


President: Flick Osborn wins by 147 votes

Welfare and Rights: Helen Hoogewerf-McComb

Education Officer: Jia Hui Lee

Coordinator: Dom Weldon

Women’s Officer: Lauren Steele

Access: Sam Ruiz

Uni Councillor: Ros Old

GU Pres: Richard Jones

TabTV joined in the fun at the count earlier tonight:

Using our very own Compsci mastermind, The Tab has calculated that Flick Osborn is the frontrunner in the race for the CUSU presidency. On the basis of online votes cast yesterday, she currently leads by just 23 votes.

If the numbers confuse you, take it from us: it’s neck and neck

Online voting closed last night. Although the results aren’t available, the raw vote data is. The Tab ran the data through a programme similar to the one that will be used to decide who ultimately wins.

There are multiple rounds of counting to determine the overall winner. In the opening round, all first preference votes are counted. On the basis of this, George Bangham leads comfortably.

Then, the loser of the first round is knocked out and the second preference votes are counted. After this, Bangham is still head of the pack and Greg Hill brings up the rear.

However, when Hill is eliminated and his votes are re-assigned to Osborn or Bangham, Osborn comes out top by a mere 23 votes.

Watch this space, because all could change as the paper ballot result comes in later tonight.

Who said CUSU wasn’t exciting?

  • CUSU person

    Well I’m very glad it’s not the liar Hill. We got one out of the way. Osborn is essentially a vote for incumbency, things will be exactly the same, especially as Ros is likely to win her place for the Council. It shows that, if she does win, that people are actually happy with CUSU doing as it does rather than voting for someone a bit radical, which is shocking for someone like me used to hearing about how awful CUSU is. Bangham could still win it though, which would be very interesting…

    • CUSU person

      Sadly disappointed Bangham lost, but Osborn is a safe option and one that will be boring yet won’t rock the boat. I’m just delighted that Hill will have to find another route into his precious safe Labour seat

    • Banghard

      I Sharpie-ed one (several) of her campaign posters to read ‘FUCK OSBORN’

      • So brave!

        And so clever! Really witty political commentary! You’re right to be proud of that.

  • Nobody

    Gives a flying fuck.

    • About

      your comment evidently

      • indeed

        i accidentally upvoted their stupid comment :(

    • weatherman

      tonight, you’ll be pleased to hear, the chatmosphere over cusu will be flying-fuck free. stay classy, cambridge

  • Speaker of Truth

    This is why I voted NO to AV in 2011. Ridiculous that the sort of moron who puts Greg Hill as their first preference should ever get another chance to ruin the outcome of an election with their idiocy.

    • The Truth

      You clearly have a problem with democracy then…

      • YEAH

        Let’s all pick the candidate we think is slightly less shit than the slightly more shit candidate because the person we actually wanted didn’t get it! WOOO TACTICAL VOTING FTW!

    • look everyone

      a totalitarian

      • Speaker of Truth

        1) I don’t think you understand what totalitarianism is (hint: it’s a form of extreme statism, not a position advocating moderate democracy).

        2) Pure democracy is a form of despotism.

    • You’re an idiot

      And Condorcet would agree

  • whats the point…

    …of CUSU; college JCRs do everything they do pretty much and don’t spend all their time finding pointless things to stage the next protest about… surprised the RON vote is only 6.6%…

    • CUSU person

      Disaffiliate then. They have to cover your services whether or not your union is joined to it (not that they have much to cover), and if enough unions disaffiliate it’ll force change. Having only one or two isn’t much good.

      There should be a central union (purely for representation on university councils and for the purposes of organising deals on behalf of all JCRs), but there shouldn’t be so many sabs. If a load of unions disaffiliate it’ll force a rewrite of the constitution, rather than basing it on some 1980s vision of student unions

      • Whats the point…

        Which is why I voted to disaffiliate the last time it came up in a JCR open meeting. Not least because one of the main selling points the CUSU representative seemed to promoting was free condoms/the C card… which the NHS, the college nurse and JCR all give out free anyways…
        Hell i didnt even know we had a students union for most of first year they did so little… i thought it was just The Union society and the JCRs…
        Just really dont see a reason for having a CUSU… if you want a central representation of the JCRs just tap it onto JCR president responsibilities to meet once a month with the rest to talk things over and have a symbolic “president” who reports the meetings findings to the relevant people… no need for a full on CUSU…

        • Ewan…

          is that you?

          • Whats the point…

            I genuinely have no idea who Ewan is… He sounds like a top guy though…

    • Bigger Picture

      Access and welfare. It does amazing work in these areas – just because it doesn’t effect you doesn’t mean it isn’t worth it.

      • Whats the point…

        Don’t need a whole CUSU to do that… and colleges do a pretty good job IMO on their own…
        Plus access has much bigger problems than just having someone on a CUSU committee patting themselves on the back for doing a good job…

        • IMO

          It’s important because a lot of people from non-traditional backgrounds are unfamiliar with the collegiate system and would look to the university as a whole before considering colleges. Personal experience, plus some conversations with confused 16-year-olds at access events suggests this. CUSU and college JCRs both have roles to play and don’t have to be at each other’s throats. Flick Osborn was a JCR Pres, so I’m sure she has ideas about how to improve connections and do what JCRs do well on a larger scale.

          • CUSU person

            CUSU plays no meaningful role in promoting the university in access terms. The frankly amazing (with a frankly amazingly large budget) central university does this, then each college gets given certain areas of the country where it does work both as a college and as a JCR. CUSU access is not necessary as a sab and access is not the grounds to defend it on. Nor is welfare, but last time I brought this up it went into a barrage of abuse about Chris Page who, whilst incompetent, was a sidetrack, and I don’t want to repeat myself.

            The main defence of CUSU would be the Education officer role, who plays a central part on the various councils and is the person you have to turn to in a major dispute and is essentially your union rep (yes colleges will mainly do this for you but there may be an event where your college won’t defend you well or you don’t trust your DoS etc.), Coordinator because they do lots of tiny jobs (although the current plans for the website are shit Dom, don’t waste all that money), and the President is pretty important but the argument I saw in the last discussion was that one JCR president should do it per term which I think is a pretty good alternative. NUS twats are utter shit so don’t even bring them up.

            Osborn will do sweet f.a., don’t expect anything big, but the plus side is don’t expect any major upsets either

            • Anonymous

              When you say “Osborn will do sweet f.a.,” what would you, in an ideal world, actually expect her or any CUSU president to do or at the very least attempt to do?

  • cu-


  • nobody


  • Flakey

    Why all the Greg Hill hate? He’s a lovely guy who’d make a great CUSU president.

    Go on, thumb me down. I don’t give a shit.

    • Nice try

      Greg Hill.

  • Little Miss Vulnerable

    I would like James Mitchell to invade me.

  • how could people…

    vote for someone from St Johns?

  • flick

    the bean

  • Pulling an all…

    Nighter… only reason I’m reading this, not gonna lie…

  • RON

    I run for all these fucking positions and no-one of your ingrates ever appreciate my campaigns enough to elect me. I’d do a far better job at keeping things exactly unchanged – surely that’s what CUSU is about?

  • this means

    the people are happy with CUSU in its current form

    • CUSU person

      In a sad sorta way yes. Council is boring, no one will go, they have too much work to do although I’d love to hear some angry voices. Look at how few even bothered to vote, despite how piss easy it was to log on – RON could have easily amassed a thousand if people who hate CUSU bothered to vote for it. The best thing about the preference vote is you could do RON then pick your least hated candidate, as I did with Bangham. I don’t like blaming the populace for democratic failure, especially when interacting with CUSU is impossible, but for once I will because this election could have been very different.

      The big moment of truth will come when someone anti-CUSU stands. I wish I had the guts, but appealing to you people through ingratiating talks would be tedious, so I’ll just settle for my position as CV fodder.

      • No, it just means

        That people didn’t even care enough and were already too fed up to even bother voting RON since the CUSU core will show up and overrun it anyway. So what’s the point, CUSU will continue, unaffected, ignorant of any student sentiment and it will continue to pander to it’s core.

        tl;dr = who fucking cares, lolcats are more worthy of my time than these pissants

  • Flick


    • Really?

      Last time I checked she was utterly unremarkable in every possible way. Which is pretty much why people voted for her – safe, boring middle of the road candidate.

      • Do you

        even go here?

  • CUSU

    can flick off

  • dullforce1

    it is a dreary fucking man who runs for a CUSU sabb position two years in a row – Dom Weldon

  • Happy Grad

    The big moment of truth will come when someone anti-CUSU stands”.

    Make of it what you will, but if I recall correctly, a chap called Hugo Hadlow ran on pretty much exactly that basis not that long ago –



    And here’s how he got on…


    • I

      think his problem was that he was a libertarian lunatic.

      Downvotes to the right, self-righteous libertarians —->

      And now you can go back to Reddit and post about how frustrated you are that the sheeple just don’t open their eyes.

  • Congratulations, you are the
  • Just a rumour

    Flick is apparently pro-life #awkward

    • can anyone confirm

      whether this is true or not?

      • FO

        It is false

        • based on

          what information?

  • I

    saw them practising that lame video routine in the pub on Wednesday night. Didn’t realise just how awful it was actually going to turn out though.

  • Can someone explain

    why everyone is hating on Greg Hill?

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