OXFORD Union president Ben Sullivan has urged speakers to appear before students, as several guests cancelled their talks because of his arrest earlier this month.
Mr Sullivan, who was arrested on May 6 on suspicion of rape and attempted rape and released on bail pending further inquiries, said: “The Union was founded on the principles of free speech and debate.
“This remains more important than any individual speaker and any president."
Speakers who refused to attend the union include Interpol secretary-general Ronald Noble, Human Rights Watch director David Mepham and Dragon’s Den judge Julie Meyer.
Responding to calls for him to resign while the police inquiry continued, Mr Sullivan, 21, said: “I feel the calls for my resignation are premature. A person is innocent until proven guilty.”
8:30am Wednesday 7th October 2015
OXFORD has been ranked one of the worst cities for air quality in the country after consistently failing to meet pollution targets.
9:00am Wednesday 7th October 2015
THE best friend of a man fatally stabbed with a 20cm kitchen knife sobbed as he recalled the brutal attack which took place in front of him.
8:00am Wednesday 7th October 2015
BUSINESSES in Oxford have called for a cut in their rates bills after the Government said new powers would be given to council bosses.
7:00am Wednesday 7th October 2015
OXFORD’S two universities have urged the Government to protect higher education funding as it looks to save billions of pounds.
6:30am Wednesday 7th October 2015
A 23-YEAR-old driver who destroyed the front of a pregnant woman’s house while she sat in the front room escaped jail yesterday.
8:30am Tuesday 6th October 2015
A FATHER has been jailed for nine years for violently shaking his baby son to death in a fit of frustration.