EXCLUSIVE: Leading British charity distances itself from right-wing student movement with White House ties

Charlie Kirk

Founder of the political movement, Charlie Kirk. Image: Getty

Monday, February 4, 2019

A leading British charity today distanced itself from a new right-wing student movement linked with the Trump White House.

Charity Turning Point says it has been repeatedly confused with Turning Point UK, a controversial US-based student movement launched in the UK this month.

Political group Turning Point UK is said to have links to far-right conspiracy theorists. It has been accused of anti-Islam views in the US. 

Social enterprise Turning Point, on the other hand, is a registered charity well known in the UK for its work with drug and alcohol issues, mental health concerns and learning disabilities. 

A spokesperson for Turning Point told talkRADIO: “Turning Point would like to make it clear that we have no connection to TPointUK or any political movements. 


'Concerned about the confusion'

“Many people are concerned about the confusion. To find out details about all of our wellbeing, mental health, substance misuse and learning disability support services across the country, visit the official Turning Point website.

“We would like to thank all the members of the public who have highlighted this issue and the support they have given to us as an organisation.”

Turning Point UK is the sister organisation of a US group that advocates free market capitalism and supports Donald Trump.

Several Conservative MPs have tweeted their support for the political group in the past 24 hours including Jacob Rees-Mogg, Bernard Jenkin, Anne-Marie Trevelyan, Steve Baker and Priti Patel. 

It was reported that Tory HQ is said to have warned students away from the group.