Stop The War Coalition to stage University College London protest ahead of 'secretive' Tony Blair speech
Monday 12 November 2012
Anti-war campaigners have criticised a leading university over a “secretive” speech being made by former prime minister Tony Blair.
The Stop The War Coalition said hundreds of people will stage a protest outside University College London tomorrow.
Mr Blair is due to speak alongside former Labour defence secretary John Reid and Education Secretary Michael Gove.
The event is being held to mark the launch of the Institute for Security and Resilience Studies, which the university said was an independent research institute.
The venue of the event is not being publicised, which has drawn criticism from anti-war activists.
Lindsey German, convenor of The Stop The War Coalition said: "The secrecy surrounding tomorrow's event shows that even the organisers understand the contempt in which Tony Blair is held by many people in Britain.
"They try to hide the location of his latest warmongering effort, but they cannot hide the lies and deceit which Blair used to take us to war in Iraq.
"It is a shameful day for UCL. What genius came up with the idea that these people should be lecturing the rest of us on war and peace?
A UCL spokesman said: "This event is being held under the auspices of the ISRS, an independent research institute and not-for-profit company. It is affiliated to UCL in a manner similar to other organisations such as the IFS.
"They are responsible for the conference, and no funding, facilities or accommodation for the conference have been requested from or are being provided by UCL. The conference is not taking place at UCL.
"As an institute devoted to learning, UCL values freedom of speech highly and encourages the widest possible expression of differing views, within the law. We do not operate a policy of barring speakers with controversial views.
"This does not imply institutional endorsement or disagreement of any views expressed."
Labour MPs Jeremy Corbyn and and John McDonnell have tabled a Commons motion voicing concern at the invitation to Mr Blair to speak at the event.
New UK station Russia Today gives a very bizarre view of Britain
By performing as African Americans or Indians, white people get to play act a kind of 'imaginary liberation', writes Michael Mark Cohen
New essay by JK Rowling went live on Pottermore site this morning
Top Gear presenter is no stranger to foot-in-mouth controversy
- 1 'Nasa Confirms Six Days of Darkness in December': No, they don't - it's a hoax
- 2 Canadian actor punched in face after 'Islamophobia' experiment goes wrong in wake of Ottawa shooting
- 3 Topshop at centre of row over body image as 'shocking' skinny mannequin photo goes viral
- 4 Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson criticised for beer tweet
- 5 The bubble bursts for Sodastream
'Nasa Confirms Six Days of Darkness in December': No, they don't - it's a hoax
Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson criticised for beer tweet
Halloween 2014: From the Screaming Man of Pluckley to the 'White Lady' of the Tower of London - Britain's 20 most haunted places
The bubble bursts for Sodastream
Russian politician says Apple CEO Tim Cook should be 'banned' from country after coming out as gay
Pope Francis declares evolution and Big Bang theory are real and God is not 'a magician with a magic wand'
Huge surge in Ukip support after EU funding row, according to new poll
Ukip ‘exploiting grooming scandal’ to secure party’s first police chief
Nigel Farage: 'There’s nothing wrong with white people blacking up'
Maureen Lipman says 'she can't vote Labour while Ed Miliband is leader'
Muslims, immigration and teenage pregnancy: British people are ignorant about almost everything
£22800 - £33600 per annum: Randstad Education Manchester Secondary: The JobAt ...
£22800 - £33600 per annum: Randstad Education Manchester Secondary: Calling al...
£100 - £125 per day: Randstad Education Chelmsford: EYFS Teachers - East Essex...
£19200 - £33600 per annum: Randstad Education Manchester Secondary: Are you a ...