University of Portsmouth

Portsmouth University Hitchens event postponed

Portsmouth University's Students' Union has postponed a talk with guest speaker and Sunday Mail columnist Peter Hitchens.

The event was due to go ahead on Tuesday, but union president Violet Karapaseva said: "We are committed to ensuring freedom of speech on the University of Portsmouth campus, however recognise that the timing of the scheduled event and the speaker’s previously published views do not align with our current celebration of the LGBT+ community."

Mr Hitchens blamed the decision on the "thought police".

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