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Lecturer dismissed for writing ‘racist’ on poster

The University and College Union has called for a maths lecturer to be reinstated after he was dismissed for writing the word “racist” on a poster promoting the Prevent programme. According to the union, Dave Muritu was dismissed for gross misconduct by Sandwell College, in the West Midlands, on Wednesday. He is said to have admitted to drawing on the poster and apologised for his actions but was summarily dismissed last week. Read more

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London Bridge inquest: Investigators ‘unaware’ attacker reported to anti-terror hotline

The team investigating one of the 2017 London Bridge attackers was not told he had been reported to an anti-terror hotline, an inquest has heard. Khuram Butt’s brother-in-law had reported his increasing radicalisation in September 2015. In the same month MI5 assessed Butt as wanting to stage a terror attack but lacking the ability to do so. Eight people were killed in the attack he carried out with two other men. Read more

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Reinstate David Muritu

Sandwell College sacked UCU branch secretary Dave Muritu for gross misconduct after he wrote on a poster promoting the controversial Prevent programme. Muritu apologised for his actions but, although the college acknowledged that his actions didn’t bring the institution into disrepute, he was summarily dismissed. UCU believes such a heavy-handed and disproportionate response from the college had to be down to Muritu’s trade union activities. Read more

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May’s failure as PM should not overshadow her chilling track record as Home Secretary

It’s finally happened – Theresa May has announced her resignation. It’s been a question of when rather than whether for some time now, and we now know the answer is the 7th of June. Her tenure as Prime Minister will not be remembered fondly by anyone except a handful of loyalists. However I think it would be a mistake for the image of Theresa May we give to history to be exclusively that of a weak and inept prime minister, unable to control her MPs or even her cabinet. May spent twice as much time as Home Secretary as as Prime Minister, and her time at the Home Office was characterised not by the weakness we now identify her with, but by the successful pushing of her agenda and one of the most significant erosions of British civil liberties in recent times. Read more