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Gavin Williamson using ‘misleading’ research to justify campus free-speech law | Higher education

The education secretary is using “completely misleading” and “dubious” research to justify introducing new legislation on free speech in universities, according to the head of Cardiff University.Gavin Williamson sparked anger in universities when he unveiled plans on 16 February to counter what he called “unacceptable silencing and censoring” on campuses. He plans legislation to allow speakers who are “no-platformed” to sue universities for compensation if they feel their rights have been infringed. The government is thought to have relied heavily on a 2019 research report by Policy Exchange for evidence...
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