Unelected Panel at Leeds University Student Union Bans The Sun, Denies Students Referendum.

Milton November 27, 2013 3


We have reported before about how Student Unions are clamping down on freedoms on campus, and it seems Leeds University are the latest to fall prey to union desires to ban anything they oppose.

A protester shows her support for the paper at Leeds University

On Monday, a motion was put forward to ban the Sun because of Page 3: under Leeds Student Union rules an unaccountable, unelected panel of 13 students was randomly selected to hear the motion. Of those 13 just ten decided in favour of banning the newspaper. Leeds claims to have 30,761 students, but SU rules determines that just 10 votes, 0.03% of the student body, is large enough to ban the paper without consulting other students via referendum.

A campaign has been set up to push for a referendum with its founder arguing that such a dramatic step of banning a newspaper is something the whole university needs to be consulted on. 600 signatures are needed in the next week for the referendum to be held. The petition goes live tomorrow and closes in 7 days.

Leeds University has prior form in banning objectionable material. They banned Blurred Lines just 3 days before term started, without consulting students. As this was a ban by Student Union Executives, not a motion from students, there is no ability for it to be put to a referendum.


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