Students at the University of Leeds have voted resoundingly in favour of a motion that urges Leeds University Union to provide drug testing kits for students, after a motion brought to the Better Union Forum was taken to referendum.
The referendum - which was available to vote on by any of the University's 38,000 students - reached quorum with a total of 1,541 votes:
- Votes FOR: 1,468
- Votes AGAINST: 66
- ABSTENTIONS: 7
Matt Port, the former LUU Welfare Officer who brought the motion to Forum, said: "I'm so proud to hear the results from the referendum, demonstrating once again that students want a more realistic, compassionate, and effective response to drug use. As our new society, a branch of the international organisation Students for Sensible Drug Policy, gets going, it's great to have such a win so early on."
It will now be up to LUU, the Help and Support Team and the current Welfare Officer Amy Wells - who was also involved with the campaign to introduce kits - to help make the idea a reality.
For more information on the LUU Forums process and to see what other policy is in place, visit the policy site here.