The four officer roles – president, treasurer, secretary and librarian – attract the most ambitious students who hope that securing one of the posts will make them more attractive to future employers.‘Hacks often spend all day hanging around outside colleges or in bars, desperately flirting with people to get votes for themselves and for other people on their team, which is called “lining” and is also banned.
Breached protocol: According to the Union, the 19-year-old former model (pictured) broke the rules by speaking to the national press while a member of the committee without seeking prior permission from the president She says she didn’t even particularly enjoy her time on the Standing Committee, which involved long weekly meetings about the administration of the Union.
The august debating society was founded in 1823 and counts many past and present members of the political establishment – from Gladstone through to Winston Churchill, Harold Macmillan, Edward Heath and Boris Johnson – among its former presidents.
In recent years, women have played a more prominent role, but the Union still retains the air of a gentlemen’s club, in which women are permitted to participate but are tacitly expected not to draw attention to themselves, and especially not to their sexuality.
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The story hit the national press, and Madeline was devastated.
Not only was her joke being treated seriously, but she now had to suffer her body being scrutinised to see if it was worthy of her claim.
Indeed, Madeline’s humourless treatment over the past few weeks calls to mind The Scarlet Letter, the 19th Century novel in which a woman is forced to wear a symbol of her sin.
‘They wanted to make an example of me because I was honest about the way the Union works and expressed my views about it – which is ironic for a society that constantly cranks out a Harold Macmillan quote about being a “last bastion of free speech”.’The day after the tribunal, Madeline resigned her membership.