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BLM demands Oxford should hand back 'dirty' Mosley money

BLM demands Oxford should hand back ‘dirty’ Mosley money as backlash grows over £12m donations from fascist leader Oswald’s family fortune

  • Oxford was given £12.3 million from a charitable trust set up by Max Mosley
  • The trust was set up by the motor-racing tycoon from an inheritance he received from his father, Sir Oswald Mosley, the leader of the British Union of Fascists 
  • BLM says the university should not take any money from ‘violent racists’
  • Imperial College received £2.5million and University College London £500,000

Black Lives Matter today became the latest group to demand Oxford University hands back £12.3million of ‘dirty’ money from the Mosley family.

As the row over cash given to St Peter’s and Lady Margaret Hall following the death Max Mosley, BLM has said the university should not take money from ‘violent racists’.

The UK wing of BLM has written to Oxford’s vice-chancellor and to the master of St Peter’s College hours after the Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi said Oxford must explain to Jewish students why it accepted money from the Mosley charitable trust. 

‘We have written in protest laying out what we rightfully and morally expect Oxford and St Peter’s to do,’ a BLM spokesman said.

‘We wrote to tell them in essence that the Mosley money should be returned. No university should touch money belonging to fascists and racists, especially violent racists’. 

The university was given £6million from a charitable trust set up by motor-racing tycoon Max Mosley from the inheritance he received from his father, Sir Oswald Mosley, leader of the British Union of Fascists, the Telegraph reported.

The newspaper also revealed two colleges, St Peter’s College and Lady Margaret Hall (LMH) previously accepted more than £6.3 million from the Mosley family trust.

The UK wing of BLM has written to Oxford’s vice-chancellor and to the master of St Peter’s College telling them to hand back any Mosley cash

Oxford University has been accused of a ‘moral failure’ after accepting millions in donations from a trust set up by Max Mosley, pictured in 2011, to house the fortune he inherited from his Fascist leader father 

Oxford was given £6million from a charitable trust set up by the former Formula 1 tycoon for the inheritance he received from his father Sir Oswald Mosley, leader of the British Union of Fascists 

Oxford academics have called on students to launch a ‘Mosley Must Fall’ campaign and urged the Government and Charity Commission to intervene after the university accepted millions in donations from a Max Mosley trust set up to house the fortune inherited from his Fascist leader father 

The Sunday Telegraph added Imperial College was given almost £2.5 million from the trust, and University College London £500,000.  

Nadhim Zahawi warned yesterday that anti-Semitism is a ‘present danger’ and ‘not simply a historic debate’ as the row over the cash continues.

Mr Zahawi was asked how Oxford could repair relations with Jewish students over the Mosley money, and he told the Telegraph: ‘By reaching out and making sure they consult and explain the decision-making process that took place for them to have landed on this donation.’

The newspaper said Mr Zahawi added: ‘I would expect our great seats of learning like Oxford to be quite capable of dealing with these issues in an appropriate and sensitive way.’

Mr Zahawi, who was speaking from Auschwitz, told the Telegraph: ‘Let me be very clear. Antisemitism is not simple a historic debate, it is a present danger and a scourge that exists, sadly, on our campuses.’

Both Oxford colleges said the donations were subject to a ‘robust’ review process, while Imperial college said all gifts were subject to ‘thorough due diligence processes’, according to the papers.

Professor Lawrence Goldman, emeritus fellow in history at St Peter’s, said the money was ‘essentially tainted and dirty’.

Speaking to Sky News on Sunday, he said: ‘Oxford has lots of money and can continue to get money from other sources, it does all the time, and I don’t really buy the argument that because you can do some good in Oxford, you should just continue to hold on to what is essentially tainted and dirty money.’

Max Mosley with his mother Lady Mosley and father Sir Oswald Mosley – leader of the British Union of Fascists – in 1962

The Alexander Mosley Charitable Trust (AMCT) was named after Max Mosley’s son, an alumnus of St Peter’s College who died of a heroin overdose in 2009.

Some £6 million received by Oxford University will go towards the creation of the Alexander Mosley Professor of Biophysics Fund, while a £5 million donation will go to St Peter’s College to build a new block of student accommodation, the Telegraph reported.

Initially, the block was to be called Alexander Mosley House but the college has confirmed a name will now be chosen through an internal consultation involving students.

Meanwhile, an Imperial College London spokeswoman said: ‘These charitable donations support medical research into new therapies for treatment-resistant depression and other serious mental health conditions.

‘Like all gifts, they are subject to Imperial’s thorough due diligence processes.’

Nearly 100 universities have now adopted an internationally recognised definition of antisemitism, figures suggest 

Nearly 100 universities have now adopted an internationally recognised definition of antisemitism following pressure from ministers, figures suggest.

The number of colleges, universities and other higher education providers who have signed up to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) working definition of antisemitism has surged over the past year.

A total of 216 higher education institutions in England, which includes 95 universities, have signed up, an Office for Students (OfS) report shows.

Only 28 universities had confirmed they had adopted the definition in September last year, according to research by the Union of Jewish Students.

The rise comes after universities were warned that they could have their funding cut if they refused to adopt the internationally recognised definition.

In October last year, Gavin Williamson, then education secretary, said the number of universities which had signed up was ‘shamefully low’, adding that institutions were ‘letting down’ their Jewish students.

The higher education watchdog has said it will consider ‘further action’ if universities do not take action to meet expectations for preventing and tackling harassment during this academic year.

Chris Millward, director for fair access and participation at the OfS, said: ‘This new evidence demonstrates that there has been a rapid increase in the number of universities and colleges adopting the definition.

‘This is welcome and is testament to the excellent campaigning work by groups of Jewish students, which has led more universities and colleges to acknowledge the importance of the definition and the benefits of using it in practice.

‘The OfS published a statement of expectations for preventing and tackling harassment earlier this year, and we are clear that we will consider further action if universities do not take the steps necessary to meet these expectations during the current academic year.

‘Signing up to the IHRA working definition is one of the ways universities and colleges can tackle antisemitism.

‘It is essential that universities and colleges act swiftly and decisively in response to any acts of antisemitism, so that students are safe, and feel safe, on campus.’

Universities Minister Michelle Donelan said: ‘It is encouraging to see so many universities take up the IHRA definition in the past year, but there is more work to do to end the scourge of antisemitism on our campuses and I will continue to work with university leaders to demand action and urge progress.’

She added: ‘The horrors of the Holocaust are a stark reminder that we must do all we can to root out antisemitism wherever we find it.

‘That requires a common understanding of what antisemitism is and the forms it takes in modern society.

‘Adoption of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s definition of antisemitism makes a public commitment to tackling this insidious form of racism in helping to identify antisemitic conduct, and I have been working across the higher education sector to promote its adoption.’

In May, Robert Jenrick, who was communities secretary at the time, vowed to ‘name and shame’ universities which refuse to sign up to the IHRA definition.

Universities UK (UUK) published a briefing in June which included practical examples of how the IHRA definition could be a useful tool to help universities tackle antisemitism on campuses.

A spokesperson for UUK said: ‘We support and encourage universities to do all they can to tackle antisemitism, which is as unacceptable on campus as it is in any walk of life.

‘This includes considering adoption of the IHRA definition, whilst also recognising their duty to promote freedom of speech within the law.’

Nina Freedman, president of the Union of Jewish Students (UJS), said: ‘Since the launch of our campaign in 2019, UJS and Jewish students have been campaigning tirelessly for universities to adopt this definition.

‘It is great to see this significant increase and we look forward to working with the institutions which are not yet on our list.

‘Adopting the IHRA definition is the first step in combatting antisemitism on campus and ensuring Jewish students are supported and confident in reporting antisemitism.’

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