Ox­ford Union ‘no plat­forms’ Right-winger

The Daily Telegraph - - News - By Camilla Turner ED­U­CA­TION ED­I­TOR and Greg Ritchie

THE Ox­ford Union has been ac­cused of “no plat­form­ing” the head of a con­ser­va­tive Catholic or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Wil­liam Dono­hue, pres­i­dent of the Right-wing Catholic League, an Amer­i­can civil rights group, claims he was “un­in­vited” to speak at a forth­com­ing de­bate ti­tled “This House Be­lieves the Catholic Church Can Never Pay for its Sins”.

He said: “This is not a mat­ter of mis­un­der­stand­ing, it’s not a mis­take. This is de­lib­er­ate and cal­cu­lated and it is all po­lit­i­cal.”

The Ox­ford Union wrote to Mr Dono­hue in De­cem­ber ask­ing him to speak in the de­bate and when he ac­cepted the in­vi­ta­tion he was told they would be “hon­oured” to host him. But he was later told that his at­ten­dance was no longer re­quired.

The Union de­clined to com­ment but of­fi­cials gen­er­ally in­vite a sur­plus of po­ten­tial speak­ers be­fore mak­ing a de­ci­sion based on re­sponses re­ceived.

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