First Year Representative Election Guidline

First Year Representative Elections 2017

Election information

  1. The election for the First Year Representative (FYR) shall take place on 15th November to co-exist with the pre-planned Alumni Debate with Simon Richards.
  2. Prior to the vote, each candidate shall give a speech of no more than three minutes in length.
  3. Prior to the election, candidates will be entitled to submit a short statement, accompanied by a photo about themselves and their qualities to the returning officer ( to be posted on the Association website and emailed to the Association members. The deadline for submitting this is midnight: 05/11/17.
  4. Non-members are allowed to attend, but will be charged £2 on entry in conjunction with all our other events. Only Association members in their first year of study are allowed to vote. 
  5. If you are unable to make the vote, you may vote in absentia by emailing the returning officer with your name, your k-number and the name of the candidate you wish to vote for. Voting in abstentia opens 13/11/17. 
  6. The electoral system shall be two-round runoff voting. (Voting in absentia will only allow you, therefore, to vote in the first round of the election.)
  7. The two candidates in the final round of voting shall face two audience questions each before the final votes are cast. (Providing no candidate reached 50% of the vote in the first round).
  8. If a candidate wishes to remove their name from the ballot, they must notify the returning officer.
  9. The returning officer shall be the incumbent Association President – Sam Barrett (
  10. The returning officer’s decision on all matters is final.

SAM BARRETT – President and Returning Officer

2017 First Year Representative Candidates

Fleur Curson:           Fleur

There’s too many man, too many many man. We need some more girls in here’ (no quotas but still vote for me please). Hey I’m Fleur, I’m from Norfolk and in the words of Sharpay Evans I’m fabulous (but not at eating garlic). Love Prosecco, David Cameron and your vote. 

Zewditu Gebreyohanes:  zewditu

My name is Zewditu Gebreyohanes and, as a committed member of the Conservative Association, I am running for the position of First Year Representative. I am a team player, and if elected would work hard within the Committee, acting as a voice for the first-year conservative community. One of my priorities would be to encourage first-year students to join the Conservative Association and participate in debates and events organised by the Committee. My participation in four different Model UN conferences – during the last of which I was ambassador of the winning delegation – and my having been a long-lasting member of my school’s Debating Society have enabled me to develop my ability to debate, negotiate and work well with others. I hope, therefore, that you will cast your vote in my favour.

Manny Janssens:  


 A​ ​house​ ​divided​ ​cannot​ ​stand.​ ​The​ ​link​ ​that​ ​Abraham​ ​Lincoln​ ​makes​ ​between​ ​unity,​ ​stability and​ ​prosperity​ ​is​ ​one​ ​that​ ​a​ ​first​ ​year​ ​representative​ ​must​ ​create.​ ​I​ ​have​ ​the​ ​necessary qualities,​ ​personality​ ​and​ ​experience​ ​to​ ​carry​ ​out​ ​this​ ​task​ ​successfully. The​ ​problems​ ​facing​ ​us​ ​are​ ​large.​ ​The​ ​key​ ​to​ ​victory,​ ​for​ ​there​ ​is​ ​nothing​ ​undramatic​ ​about the​ ​need​ ​to​ ​defeat​ ​our​ ​current​ ​enemies,​ ​is​ ​unity.​ This requires​ ​perfect​ ​harmony​ ​between​ ​all​ ​years​ ​of​ ​our​ ​party,​ ​hence​ ​the​ ​job​ ​of​ ​the​ ​first​ ​year representative​ ​requires​ ​a​ ​diplomat​ ​and​ ​strategist​. My​ ​experience​ ​is​ ​supplemented​ ​by​ ​my​ ​qualities.​ ​I​ ​am​ ​a​ ​ferocious​ ​debater,​ ​a​ ​confident​ ​public speaker​ ​and​ ​skillful​ ​networker.​ ​I​ ​am​ ​doggedly​ ​loyal​ ​to​ ​my​ ​cause​ ​and​ ​by​ ​extension​ ​you,​ ​as members.​ ​ 

Leon Solve Mossing Knudsen:


My name is Leon Solve Mossing Knudsen and I study international management and I want to become the KCLCA’s first year representative. Politics is my passion and I have already been a member of the Norweigian conservative party for 6 years. Back home I have held several positions as well as being employed in the party during our last election. I want to contribute to KCLCA, and I believe that I can with my extensive network of freshers, my ideological knowledge and my interest in politics. I am not afraid to out my own opinion and I look forward to working together with the KCLCA committee.


Vinayak Sankaranarayanan:


I am sociable and am not afraid of debates-even with virulent leftist crowds- both of which provides a great opportunity to attract a much larger supporter base. I was runner up in the 1st year representative election for my Law degree. I have a Lot of experience in Model United Nations including having won at Harvard Model United Nations. What do I believe in? NO identity politics! A free market economy! Not being afraid of tackling contentious issues including illegal immigration. Your first year representative must be someone sociable, so as to present the essence of the conservative ideal to a larger possible audience. It must be someone who is unafraid of pulling up his sleeves and having the uncomfortable debate with the utopic socialist in order to drill the idea of a free market successfully. 


Petr Svoren: petr

I’ve been a conservative as long as I can remember and have a passion for politics as a whole but especially conservatism as an ideology. I believe I can suit this role as I feel I can convince people to join to come to events, join the association and even join the Conservative party. I like to think I am approachable and friendly and that volunteering for the Conservatives during the 2015 election has helped give me the experience needed for the job. I believe that I will be effective at gathering ideas from the fresher membership, as well as coming up with my own allowing the association to continue to thrive in the future.


Charles Wynne: charles.png

I’d like to open up this short statement by saying exactly what I mean – my name is Charles Wynne and I believe I’m the best candidate to represent your views. This belief is based on three reasons. The first, is that I believe representatives ought to be delegates – not trustees. If elected, it is my job to directly convey your views and ideas to the governing committee of the society. The second reason is that I recognise that failure in life and in politics is inevitable, but that overcoming is optional. To exemplify this, just two years ago, I worked on a building site with failed A-Levels, now I am at one of the country’s most prestigious universities studying my passion. Finally, and perhaps on a more animated note, I am simply a nice and fair person. Although this may appear as a cliché, I believe qualities such as this go a long way when aiming to represent a diverse range of views.