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Campaigners give their views on free speech in universities

08 December 2017

The Joint Committee on Human Rights gathers further evidence for the freedom of speech in universities inquiry.

Speakers have faced opposition from students in recent years for their views, including campaigners like Peter Tatchell and Linda Bellos.

Both these campaigners will  be appearing amongst a panel of witnesses in front of the Joint Committee on Human Rights in a public evidence session on Wednesday giving their views on free speech in universities.

Likely areas of discussion include whether there should be a concern about attempts to ban speakers, the new role of the Office for Students in helping Universities uphold their statutory duty to ensure free speech and what recent disputes tell us about the boundaries of free speech.

The panel, which also includes journalist Jane Fae, a student from Kings College London and Helen Belcher, Director of TransMedia Watch, will be asked whether Universities and student unions should also consider protecting the wellbeing of students when inviting speakers whose views may be controversial.

MPs and Peers on the Committee (which is Chaired by Harriet Harman MP) will be putting these questions to the panel as part of their ongoing inquiry on the subject, for which they are inviting evidence until 15 December.

Witnesses

Wednesday 13 December, Committee Room 4a, Palace of Westminster.

At 3.15pm

  • Jane Fae, freelance journalist
  • Linda Bellos, OBE.
  • Peter Tatchell, Director, Peter Tatchell Foundation
  • Alexandra Tate, President, Reproductive and Sexual Health Society, King's College
  • Helen Belcher, Director, Trans Media Watch

Further information

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