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Last Updated: Thursday, 10 May 2007, 07:34 GMT 08:34 UK
University in row over BNP invite
BNP leader Nick Griffin
Some on the campus believe the BNP should not be given a platform
A row has broken out at Bath University after a politics student invited the leader of the BNP to make a speech on campus.

First-year student Danny Lake is a national organiser for the youth wing of the far-right party.

The National Union of Students said it was "appalled" by the decision to invite Nick Griffin to the university.

The university said it had carefully considered the issue and was allowing him to attend the meeting on 14 May.

Secretary Mark Humphriss said freedom of speech from a wide range of political opinion was encouraged, providing it did not transgress the boundaries of lawful speech.

Decision reversed

Mr Lake said: "Because of my position in the party, there are a lot of questions people ask me about the BNP.

"I felt it would be easier for me, and those asking the questions, if I was to invite Nicholas in himself."

The National Union of Students has a no-platform policy for the BNP, but Bath Students' Union which is only affiliated to the NUS is not bound by the code.

The Student Union held an emergency meeting on Thursday and voted in favour of condemning the BNP as an organisation, and to oppose the decision to allow Mr Griffin to speak on campus.

It now plans to lobby the university authorities to get the decision reversed.

Some staff and students have previously indicated they may stage a demonstration.

Security staff will be present at the meeting to ensure that only those with valid University of Bath library cards are admitted.


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