Government set to fine universities who ‘cancel’ people due to their views as ministers ‘defend British history and culture’

Feb 14, 2021 by

by James Gant, Mailonline:

Universities and colleges will be fined for suffocating free speech on campuses, ministers have warned.

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson will this week unveil a ‘free speech champion’ who will have the power to defend students and academics.

Institutions which try to cancel people due to their views will be penalised as part of the government’s ‘war on woke’.

Ministers have also told heritage groups ‘public funds must never be used for political purposes’ as they try to defend the attempted rewriting of Britain’s history.

It comes after a December report claimed more than a third of universities are imposing ‘severe’ restrictions on freedom of speech.

Mr Williamson will on Tuesday reveal the warning to universities and colleges in a bid to bolster current free speech legal protections, the Sunday Telegraph reports.

It means student unions and higher-education facilities will have to promote free speech on campuses.

The ‘free speech champion’ will be a part of the Office for Students regulator, the newspaper says.

They will be able to promote free speech and academic freedom as well as fine institutions and reinstate staff sacked for their views.

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