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“Could white privilege play a part in your life?” Cambridge asks students in quiz

Toby Young, of the Free Speech Union, said: “The idea that white students at Cambridge enjoy privileges that black, Asian and minority ethnic students don’t is nonsense. Fewer than three per cent of students enrolled at Cambridge are white and poor (as of 2019). The students should be taking a class privilege test, not a white privilege test.”

Ewan Somerville, The Telegraph, 3rd July 2021

Charity Commission faces calls to probe boarding school that reported its chaplain to anti-terror unit Prevent after he told pupils they can disagree with LGBT teaching

Free speech campaigner Toby Young urged the regulator to hold an inquiry into Trent College’s dismissal of Reverend Dr Bernard Randall, in a letter seen by The Mail on Sunday. In his letter to the charity Commission Mr Young, said: “Invoking the Prevent duty is a serious decision which is not to be taken lightly or unthinkingly. It threatens the involvement of the state’s security powers and real and serious interference with freedom of expression.”

Mark Hookham, The Mail on Sunday, 27th June 2021

BBC Pride activists demand right to vet transgender news stories on Radio 4’s Today programme after host Justin Webb clashed with Pink News CEO over Stonewall’s stance on single-sex spaces

Last night, Toby Young, of the Free Speech Union, said: “It’s extremely alarming that a group of LGBT activists within the BBC think they can dictate how Stonewall is covered by the Corporation. There is a bust of George Orwell outside the BBC’s headquarters with the quote, “If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.” The BBC would do well to remind its Pride Board of those words.”

Sanchez Manning, The Mail on Sunday, 27th June 2021

Furious free speech advocate hits out at “shadowy hard-left activists” countering GB News

General Secretary of the Free Speech Union Toby Young said Stop Funding Hate (SFH) had “falsely” claimed the new channel was “a platform for toxic, far-Right views”. In an article for the Mail on Sunday, Mr Young branded activist group SFH a “censorious, anti-democratic organisation”.

Melanie Kaidan, Daily Express, 22nd June 2021

Oxford student union plans to employ “sensitivity readers” to CUT “problematic” articles from historic university newspaper Cherwell before publication

Toby Young, director-general of the Free Speech Union, told MailOnline: “The Oxford Student Union has no business vetting the work of student journalists and any attempt at censorship might well fall foul of the Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill, which extends the legal duty to uphold free speech on campus to students’ unions. Student leaders should be standing up for the speech rights of student journalists, not trying to muzzle them.”

Jack Wright, MailOnline, 21st June 2021

TOBY YOUNG: Free speech is the most vital battle yet against the hard Left trolls who want to kill democracy

Fifteen months ago, when I launched the Free Speech Union in the pages of this newspaper, I said that our right to speak openly and freely was in greater peril than at any time since the Second World War. In its brief life, the organisation has fought many important battles. We came to the defence of Conservative politician Amber Rudd after she was no-platformed by students at Oxford University. We helped Nick Buckley, the founder of a homelessness charity in Manchester, get his job back after he was sacked for criticising the Black Lives Matter organisation. And we helped Lisa Keogh, a law student who was placed under investigation by Abertay University for challenging woke dogma in a class on feminism, gender and the law. We made sure she wasn’t punished. But no battle has been more important than the one we’re currently fighting – against a censorious, anti-democratic organisation called Stop Funding Hate (SFH).

Toby Young, The Mail on Sunday, 20th June 2021

GB News boycott “attacks our free media”: Culture Secretary warns big brands not to “succumb to pressure groups” by pulling adverts from new TV station

Toby Young, of the Free Speech Union, said: “I’m concerned that Stop Funding Hate is trying to demonise GB News as a purveyor of ‘hate’ because it disapproves of the channel’s non-woke editorial policy – and some naive companies are taking those smears at face value.”

Paul Revoir and Inderdeep Bains, Daily Mail, 16th June 2021

Why Scottish politicians should be able to say unspeakable truths – Brian Monteith

Fortunately the voluble backing of Keogh’s academic freedom of expression by campaign group Free Speech Union ensured the university was itself before the court of public opinion and therefore liable to endure the embarrassing condemnation that Keogh’s critics had hoped for her. Sanity thankfully prevailed.

Brian Monteith, The Scotsman, 14th June 2021

Tory MP backs Scotland’s footballers for deciding NOT to take a knee at Euro 2020 – unlike Gareth Southgate’s England

General Secretary of the Free Speech Union Toby Young added: “This is a smart move by the Scottish FA, which has recognised that taking the knee has become a divisive, politically charged gesture. When your national team competes in the Euros it’s an opportunity for people to put their differences aside and come together, which is why politics should be kept out of football. For the last five years, the gesture has been a clear expression of support for Black Lives Matter, a political movement imported from the US that wants to dismantle the nuclear family, defund the police and end capitalism.”

James Gant, MailOnline, 10th June 2021

American Oxford student, 25, who attended elite Sidwell school with Malia Obama, sparks fury in UK by removing “unwelcoming” portrait of the Queen from common room because she represents “recent colonial history”

Toby Young, general secretary of the Free Speech Union and himself an Oxford graduate, said: “The students are perfectly within their rights to remove this painting from their common room, but it is baffling that they associate the Queen with colonialism. I don’t think these students realize how loved the Queen is by the people of the Commonwealth. It is only woke British students who feel offended by it.”

Jennifer Smith and Rory Tingle, MailOnline, 9th June 2021