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Wednesday, October 13, 1999 Published at 15:21 GMT 16:21 UK


Prince Philip survives student vote

Prince Philip is accused of being an "unsuitable" figurehead

Students at Cambridge have not supported a campaign to replace the Duke of Edinburgh as university chancellor.

A motion saying that his "racist remarks" made him "unsuitable" as the university's chancellor was rejected by the council meeting of the university's students' union on Wednesday evening.

Students representing the university's colleges voted for the motion by 19 to 13, but a further 14 students abstained, so the vote against Prince Philip was declared inquorate.

The motion against the Duke proposed that the students' union should petition the university council to have him replaced, a move sparked by allegedly racist comments made by Prince Philip about defective electronics looking like they had been "put in by an Indian".

The president of the Cambridge University Students' Union, Tristan Jones, says that he is remaining neutral in his official capacity. But his personal feelings are that the Duke should stand down.

'No endorsement'

The union president says that there is no reason for the Duke to be the university's chancellor and that he has never had any kind of endorsement from the students.

Campaigners for the removal of the Duke from the chancellorship have published an article in the university student's newspaper, Varsity, saying that Prince Philip represented the "worst possible image as figurehead".

The article accused the Duke of a long record of making prejudiced remarks whose presence would deter applications from the ethnic minorities.

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