Mural should be painted over, Southampton student union president says

mural Image copyright University of Southampton
Image caption The artwork was painted in 1916 as a tribute to soldiers who could not complete their studies

A students' union president has sparked outrage by saying a mural dedicated to war heroes should be painted over.

The artwork, at the University of Southampton, shows a degree being given to an unknown soldier.

Union president Emily Dawes faced a backlash online after saying the "mural of white men" would be taken down or daubed over.

She has since apologised for "the offence and upset" caused by her original message.

The university said it was "very proud" to display the mural, "which serves as a memorial to all members of British universities" who served in World War One.

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Beyond the Bubble

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Have you ever wondered what happens when the TV cameras are switched off at 11:30 on a Sunday, and BBC 1 transmission of Sunday Politics finishes?

Sometimes our guests carry on debating. In fact, most days they won't stop.

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Conservative civil war in Portsmouth

Success breeds success, they say. And failure often leads to meltdown.

After the Conservative MP Flick Drummond lost Portsmouth South to Labour at the last election all hell broke loose on the blue side.

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Can how you drive reveal your politics?

I got suckered into taking one of those online psychology tests the other day. It puts you in a category by asking questions about your driving style.

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Who is united for change?

Labour's convulsions over anti-semitism show no signs of reaching a conclusion, as the Boris Johnson Burka letterbox comments push Conservatives inwards over Islamophobia.

And the wider country? Mostly shrugs. Which is why we need a new approach.

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South of England local elections 2018

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The clue is in the name. Local elections are ... local. So what difference will your vote make? Here's our best intelligence.

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Why is the rail strike STILL running?

  • 30 April 2018
  • From the section Sussex
RMT Protest

Unlike the trains, the Southern Rail strike shows no sign of stopping.

The RMT Union has no desire to settle, because they are the main union representing guards, the role that is under threat.

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Who needs deportation with this shame?

How would you cope if the government demanded you provide four pieces of documentary evidence for every year you've lived in the country?

I know I'd struggle. But up until earlier this week that was exactly what the Home Office wanted from people who've been living here, working here, paying taxes and being citizens, if they wanted to remain somewhere that's been home for decades.

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When an MP's call of nature is not in order

"Is it in order for me to go the loo?" Just one of the excuses Speaker Bercow says are used as a nudge to him, when MPs are keen to be allowed to speak in the House of Commons.

They sidle up to the Speaker's Chair, hoping the direct approach may work. But Speaker Bercow says it doesn't wash with him. "MPs ask.. Am I on your list? To which the answer is.. Yes, but you may still not be called."

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Deal or No Deal? decide for yourself...

  • 7 March 2017
  • From the section Surrey
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Media captionSurrey Council boss on social care 'agreement'

From the PM down, the government says it won't do deals.

But they were desperate to stop Surrey's referendum on a 15% council tax hike.

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