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David Starkey resigns from university role over slavery comments

David Starkey resigns from university role over slavery comments

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Fitzwilliam College, at Cambridge University, has announced it has "accepted the resignation of historian David Starkey from his honorary fellowship with immediate effect".The college said: "Our student and academic bodies are diverse and welcoming to all. We do not tolerate racism."His comments on slavery were criticised on Thursday for being racist. The TV historian has not yet responded to the BBC's request for comment.Starkey told an online show hosted by conservative commentator Darren Grimes that slavery was not genocide, because of the survival of "so many damn blacks".The master of Fitzwilliam contacted Starkey following his comments, and the college added: "Fitzwilliam prides itself in leading the way in Cambridge in opening access to higher educ...
David Starkey criticised over slavery comments

David Starkey criticised over slavery comments

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David Starkey has been criticised for saying slavery was not genocide because of the survival of "so many damn blacks".The TV historian and author made the remarks on an online show hosted by the conservative commentator Darren Grimes.Writing on Twitter, former chancellor Sajid Javid said: "David Starkey's racist comments are a reminder of the appalling views that still exist."Starkey has not yet responded to the BBC's request for comment.Fitzwilliam College, part of Cambridge University, where Starkey teaches, described his remarks as "indefensible"."We support and promote freedom of speech in our academic community, but we have zero tolerance of racism," the college said in a statement on Thursday. "Dr David Starkey's recent comments on slavery are inde...

Sports news LIVE: Ravel Morrison on Rooney comments, Manchester United player in ‘lockdown breach’, Premier League to be finished in seven weeks

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[unable to retrieve full-text content]We will bring you all the latest sports news, views and updates on how the coronavirus pandemic continues to affect the sporting calendar. Headlines today: Premier League season ‘to be completed in seven-week window’ with plan to start on June 12 Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo caught flouting coronavirus lockdown guidelines and will be ‘reminded […] talkSPORT
Coronavirus: Ofcom rules on Eamonn Holmes and David Icke comments

Coronavirus: Ofcom rules on Eamonn Holmes and David Icke comments

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Broadcasting watchdog Ofcom has "issued guidance" to ITV following Eamonn Holmes' comments about 5G technology and coronavirus on This Morning.The regulator said Holmes' remarks had been "ambiguous" and "ill-judged".Ofcom said they "risked undermining viewers' trust in advice from public authorities and scientific evidence".The regulator also found local TV channel London Live in breach of standards for an interview it aired with David Icke about coronavirus.Conspiracy theorist Icke, it said, had "expressed views which had the potential to cause significant harm to viewers in London during the pandemic". Watchdog assesses Eamonn Holmes 5G comments Eamonn Holmes under fire over 5G comments On 13 April, in a segment with This Morni...
Coronavirus: Ofcom assesses Eamonn Holmes 5G comments after complaints

Coronavirus: Ofcom assesses Eamonn Holmes 5G comments after complaints

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TV regulator Ofcom has said it is assessing comments made by presenter Eamonn Holmes about 5G technology and coronavirus "as a priority".The watchdog has received 419 complaints about remarks he made on ITV's This Morning on Monday.He cast doubt on media reports refuting the myth that 5G causes the virus "when they don't know it's not true".On Tuesday he said there's no link, but that many are "looking for answers and that's simply what I was trying to do".The theory linking coronavirus with 5G - which is used in mobile phone networks and uses signals carried by radio waves - has led a number of phone masts to be set alight or vandalised. Holmes made his original remarks in a segment with the programme's consumer editor Alice Bee...