Originally published in The Times
The National Union of Students has been heavily criticised for endorsing a controversial Islamist civil rights group, prompting fears of a new wave of campus radicalisation.
The NUS voted to oppose the counterterrorism bill and agreed to lobby against it alongside Cage, an organisation that represents terror suspects and which has been accused of having a pro-jihadist stance.
Rupert Sutton, director of the counter-extremist group Student Rights, said: “The passage of this motion is deeply worrying, as it mandates the UK’s largest student union not only actively to obstruct counter-extremism policy, but to work hand in hand with the very extremists such policy seeks to challenge in doing so. Cage has repeatedly shown itself to be a pro-terrorist group, and this motion will ensure its speakers have greater access to our campuses than ever before.”