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Williamson announces legal route for ‘robust action’ on free speech

Government outlines measures to achieve 2019 manifesto pledge on free speech in universities

Education secretary Gavin Williamson has outlined plans for new legal measures to help staff and students who face “unacceptable silencing” on campuses, as part of proposals to bolster protection for free speech.

A legal route will be established to help individuals “seek compensation through the courts” if they have been expelled, lost their jobs, or been demoted because a university has breached its duties on free speech, the Department for Education announced on 16 February.

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