Live action from York Vision on International Men’s Day 2015.
University officials are facing a fresh backlash over plans to host a controversial speaker on campus.
Milo Yiannopolous, a journalist and entrepeneur, could come to the university to speak about men’s issues and the recent controversy over the decision by officials not to mark International Men’s Day. Writing on Twitter, he said the demand was “huge”.
York Vision understands that even if the university blocks plans to host him, he could speak at a nearby off-campus location.
Meanwhile, the other key developments in the ongoing row over International Men’s Day 2015:
+ A decision by the university to cancel marking the day has been branded “disgusting” and “shameful”.
+ A petition calling for the day to be marked passes 3,000 signatures.
+ Parenting rights group Fathers 4 Justice say they have been contacted by students intent on staging a walkout at midday today.
+ University Radio York has been forced to apologise after controversial comments were aired about the event during a live broadcast.
+ Splits have emerged in YUSU after a statement issued by Women’s Officers Ananna Zaman and Katherine Mellor said that one side of the argument was airing “misogynistic” views that YUSU President Ben Leatham was not taking account of.
+ Students could face university and YUSU investigations over harassment claims linked to the event.
+ MPs will later take part in a debate on International Men’s Day, with one member speaking because of events at the university.
+ Senior management stands by decision to cancel marking the event in a fresh statement to students issued by email.
Keep up to date with the day’s happenings via our Live Blog below. Coverage provided by Thomas Butler-Roberts (TBR) and Jack Gevertz (JG).