Far-right Polish MEP barred from London university 'under anti-terror laws'

Far-right MEP's speech at the University of East London is cancelled

Janusz Korwin-Mikke had been due to speak at an event before University officials stepped

Thursday, April 27, 2017

A far-right Polish MEP has had a keynote speech at the University of East London cancelled, with students citing anti-terror legislation as the reason for no-platforming him.

Janusz Korwin-Mikke was due to speak at an event organised by the Young British Heritage Society (YBHS), before university officials pulled the plug. 

But the event has now been cancelled, with YBHS founder Daniel Mirza citing the UEL's 'Prevent duty,' a convention introduced in the 2015 Counter-Terrorism and Security Act which obliges universities to block any event which might encourage extremism.

However UEL itself has said the decision had nothing to do with its Prevent obligations. Instead, it said the event was "unsuitable" and hadn't been authorised. 

Korwin-Mikke has been known for expressing far-right views on a number of issues. For instance, he claimed women shouldn't have the right to vote, and has said they are "smaller, weaker, and less intelligent" than men (although he told talkRADIO that Piers Morgan, his interviewer when he made those comments, was at fault).

He also called migrants who are unwilling to work "human garbage" and attempted to play down Hitler's role in the Holocaust.