PRESSURE on Oxford University to strip the Sultan of Brunei of an honorary degree is mounting after a petition calling for action topped more than 100,000 signatures.

Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah was handed the honorary degree of civil law by diploma in 1993.

Earlier this month the sultan sparked widespread international condemnation over new anti-LGBTQ+ laws, which include punishing gay sex by stoning to death in the country.

Oxford West and Abingdon MP Layla Moran and Oxford East MP Anneliese Dodds were among the many who went on to urge Oxford University to strip the sultan of his degree.

Oxford University has since said that it will 'reconsider' its position.

Now, a petition calling for the rescindment, launched at Change.Org, has been signed by more than 100,000 people.

The petition founder, L E Dee, said that not taking the action was 'unacceptable' and urged the university to 'take a clear stance in opposition to the Sultan's actions'.

Previously the university said it shared the 'international revulsion' of the laws and would reconsider its position through 'established process.'

A statement read: "As an institution deeply committed to equality, diversity and individual rights we understand and share the concerns of our students and staff who have expressed abhorrence at recent developments in Brunei and would like to disassociate from them.

"We also believe in due process. Just as nobody has a right to confer an honorary degree, nobody has a right summarily to rescind it."

The university said it would 'reconsider' the decision 'through our established process.'

Meanwhile, the University of Aberdeen has this week revoked the Sultan's honorary degree in its own protest against the introduction of the laws.

The petition can be accessed here.