Debate invite sent to BNP leader ‘in error’

First published in News

FAR-RIGHT politician Nick Griffin had to be un-invited from the Oxford Union after a member acting without authorisation asked him to speak at a gay rights debate.

The famous debating society had to withdraw an invitation to the debate on Thursday, claiming it was sent to the BNP leader in error.

Press officer Alex Reut-Hobbs said a new member of the Union’s secretary’s committee had sent out a batch of invitations but did not clear them with the President or any other senior member of the committee.

He said: “We have since rescinded the invitation to Nick Griffin in no uncertain terms, and are taking disciplinary action against the member in question.”

But BNP press officer Simon Darby said: “I think they’ve been bullied and intimidated out of it by the National Union of Students, which is very sad.”

When Mr Griffin took part in a 2007 debate at the Oxford Union with historian David Irving, a group of anti-fascism campaigners stormed the building in protest against the invitation.

The debate on Thursday will feature Richard Fairbrass from Right Said Fred.

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10:35am Tue 15 Jan 13

Quentin Walker says...

Democracy. alive and well at Oxford...
Democracy. alive and well at Oxford... Quentin Walker
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10:50am Tue 15 Jan 13

Mark L. says...

The Oxford Union only like Freedom of Speech if it's what they want to hear. Hypocrites.
The Oxford Union only like Freedom of Speech if it's what they want to hear. Hypocrites. Mark L.
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10:55am Tue 15 Jan 13

King Joke says...

There are many ways to fight fascism; censorship is not one of them. Let the man speak; after all, the BBC did.
There are many ways to fight fascism; censorship is not one of them. Let the man speak; after all, the BBC did. King Joke
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11:41am Tue 15 Jan 13

Sonia Gable says...

It was Simon Darby, the BNP press officer, who drew anti-fascists' attention to the invitation in the first place. I wonder why he did that, knowing what the outcome would be.
It was Simon Darby, the BNP press officer, who drew anti-fascists' attention to the invitation in the first place. I wonder why he did that, knowing what the outcome would be. Sonia Gable
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3:35pm Tue 15 Jan 13

Sandy Wimpole-Smythe says...

Bet it would be more entertaining than listening to the normal 'Z' list celebrities they have appear.
Bet it would be more entertaining than listening to the normal 'Z' list celebrities they have appear. Sandy Wimpole-Smythe
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5:46pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Grunden Skip says...

Sandy Wimpole-Smythe wrote:
Bet it would be more entertaining than listening to the normal 'Z' list celebrities they have appear.
And kiddie fiddlers, MJ.
[quote][p][bold]Sandy Wimpole-Smythe[/bold] wrote: Bet it would be more entertaining than listening to the normal 'Z' list celebrities they have appear.[/p][/quote]And kiddie fiddlers, MJ. Grunden Skip
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