The Prime Minister, Theresa May, has spoken harshly against so-called 'safe spaces' in universities during today's Prime Minister's Questions.
Scroll down for videoMember of Parliament Victoria Atkins brought up the topic in a question to the Prime Minister, saying:
"Freedom of speech is a fundamental British value which is undermined by so-called ‘safe spaces’ in our universities where a sense of entitlement by a minority of students means that their wish not to be offended shuts down debate"Theresa May agreed with Atkins, replying with
“We want our universities not just to be places of learning but places where there is open debate. which is challenged and people can get involved in that...
“I think everybody is finding this concept of safe spaces quite extraordinary, frankly. We want to see that innovation of thought taking place in our universities.The issue of 'safe spaces' and 'no platforming' have been controversial at universities in the UK and USA. We contacted the campaign group Students Against Censorship for their views on the Prime Minister's intervention. They said:
While we are a politically neutral campaign group it is good the prime minister shares our concerns on safe spaces. Her statement in Parliament today that universities shows that politicians are taking notice of this important issue at university campuses across country. That universities should not just be places of learning but also places of open debate. The SAC shares her concerns that the damage safe space's do, carry on long after university. Students should be prepared for the working world not protected from it and it would be nice if more politicians came out in support of this issue from both sides of the chamber.
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