We hold a number of events and socials throughout the year, aimed at bringing our campaigns to the students of Birmingham University and the people of Birmingham, as well as increasing our members’ political knowledge and engaging our members in campaigns. Take a look below for details of some of our events.
BULS held it own (more or less in this battle of stomachs as we went for drinking establishment to drinking establishment, making very many members of BULS feel out of place. But great fun all the same as each society wore their respective colours.
Labour vs The Coalition football match
It had been 4 years in the making but the inter-partisan football match had returned. BULS were ready and turned up in large numbers, but sadly the Lib Dems failed to turn up while Birmingham University Conservative Future (BUCF)could only field three players, meaning they were allowed to have what seemed like Barcelona reserves.
The game was epic with far more highs and lows than any premier league game. The game finished 4-3 to the Barcelona reserves/BUCF after very extended injury time (BUCF made the mistake of letting us keep the time).
Never able to turn down the prospect of a good curry (or pizza, or anything else for that matter), we organise a number of
meals and informal drinks sessions each term with local MPs and other politicians. Recent events have included a Christmas Meal with Sion Simon MP (Birmingham Erdington), as well as a new members reception and curry night with Steve McCabe MP (Birmingham Hall Green) and Gisela Stuart MP (Birmingham Edgbaston) – see picture, right. We are able to call on a number of local and national politicians for events, both formal and informal and all events are opened up to our members.
Despite our strong record on campaigning for student issues, BULS has a proud record in campaigning to return local Labour representatives to Parliament and council, as well as running campaigns against deplorable and fascist parties such as the BNP. We regularly campaign in the Edgbaston constituency, which was taken from the Tories in 1997 and has remained with Labour ever since, with the help of the Labour Club. With the continued support of BULS, it looks to remain a Labour seat for a long time to come. We also take part in by-elections all over the country, such as the Hodge Hill by-election in 2004, and later the Hartlepool and Blaenau Gwent by-elections. On top of all that, we have been involved in campaigning against the BNP in areas such as Dudley and Stoke-on-Trent.