Shane arrived at Conference as the favourite to win. Among delegates it seems this support may be waivering. He is still a popular candidate but many see him as too connected with the previous leadership to give NUS the “change” that led to Porter deciding not to re-run. However, Chowen’s supporters are quick to argue that the election should be fought on policy, not on candidates associations. Upon finishing his speech, Chowen’s supporters give a standing ovation an applause is widespread. He leaves in greater style than he did at last night’s hustings. He finishes with greater confidence.