Confusion over ‘No Platform’ policies

The University and the National Union of Students (NUS) have conflicted over whether British National Party (BNP) speakers should be permitted on campus. While NUS conference delegates chose to continue the ‘No Platform’ policy that prevents affiliated unions from hosting events by BNP speakers, the University stated that it “was founded on the principle of freedom of speech, and we do not ban any speakers as long as they remain within the law,” when queried on the issue. BNP speakers were not invited to campus for an election hustings held last week.

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