Resignation forces Union reshuffle

Shanuk Mediwaka resigned from the role on Sunday with immediate effect for personal reasons

The elected secretary of the Oxford Union has resigned from his position, prompting a series of changes in the society’s hierarchy.

Shanuk Mediwaka resigned from the role on Sunday with immediate effect for personal reasons.

Brendan McGrath, who was elected as a candidate for Standing Committee, will replace Shanuk as secretary, as per rule 38.

It is understood Cecilia Zhao, as the Standing Committee candidate to win the most votes, was given first refusal for the promotion, but chose to waive the offer allowing second-placed McGrath to step in. Zhao has been contacted for comment.

Meanwhile, Maxim Parr-Reid – who narrowly missed out on a place in Standing Committee in last term’s elections – will fill the vacated slot of McGrath.

The Union declined to comment.