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"We are going to be increasing the maintenance grant from £3400 to £3800, which should benefit around half of students." Photo: uklabourparty @Flickr

Graduate tax still a long-term option, says Chuka Umunna

News Editor Jenny Sterne spoke to the shadow Secretary of State for Business, Chuka Umunna, about HE policy, the skills gap, zero-hours contracts and the BME attainment gap

The leader of the opposition poses for a photograph with University of Manchester students. Photo: Ben Farren

“The next Labour government will start by saving the NHS,” says Miliband

Miliband addressed students, lecturers, and healthcare professionals yesterday, to announce Labour’s plans for the immediate rescue of the NHS from the threats of privatisation, fragmentation, and competition

"We expect political democracy. Why not economic democracy too?" Photo: Peter Tatchell

Interview: Peter Tatchell

Peter Tatchell, the human rights campaigner, spoke to The Mancunion ahead of his General Election event on the 30th of April

The presentation of the election doesn't seek to inform us, so it's up to us to fight ignorance. Photo: Liberal Democrats @Flickr

Vote for policies, not personalities

Exercising our democratic rights is fundamental to getting the kind of government we deserve. It’s easy to get caught up in the leaders’ rhetoric or be overwhelmed by the amount of information available, but we can hold our politicians to account by voting on the 7th of May

The Parliamentary Candidate hustings for Manchester Withington were hosted by the University of Manchester's Students' Union. Photo: @iatw4l @Twitter.

UKIP policy to “treat the weak humanely”

UKIP candidate for Manchester Withington, Mark Davies, has referred to disabled people as ‘weak’ and has said that women who ‘go away’ deserve to be paid less

Harry Leslie Smith spoke to students about the importance of voting. Photo: Standup4Labour@Twitter

Harry Leslie Smith inspires students to vote for their future

In light of the dramatic drop in students registered to vote, Harry Leslie Smith a 92 year old activist spoke to students about the importance of voting and why this generation and general election could go down as the most important since 1945.

In the run up to the General Election we question the youth branches of each politcal party. Photo: The Mancunion

Political Party Profiles

Youth branches of the five main political parties active within the Students’ Union were interviewed on the policies of their parties and why they believe their party would best serve students

Paul Birch: "If people are consuming alcohol or drugs they should be doing it on an informed basis" Photo: CISTA

Interview: Paul Birch, founder of UK party for a review into cannabis law

The chair of CISTA, a party campaigning solely for a review into cannabis laws, speaks to News Editor Anna Phillips about the War On Drugs, cannabis in the media, and the vision of the UK’s future legalisation policy

Labour's Liam Byrne held a question and answer session at the Students' Union. Photo: @LiamByrneMP on Twitter

Shadow Universities Minister answers students’ questions

Liam Byrne MP visited the university to discuss Labour’s tuition fees pledge and to answer students’ questions

Photo: Mykl Roventine @flickr.

Government invests over £500000 into student voting

Plans to invest £530000 to encourage students to register to vote after many are thought to have dropped off the electoral register