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Lords hear criticism of ‘unnecessary’ free speech bill

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Higher education bill also praised by some during fiery second reading in upper chamber

The higher education freedom of speech bill is unnecessary, unconservative and a disproportionate response to issues relating to free speech on campus, the House of Lords has heard.

Speaking at the Lords second reading of the bill on 28 June, Liberal Democrat peer William Wallace said the proposed legislation threatens to “weaken the global standing and reputation of our universities by extending government oversight of academic debate, appointments and promotions”.

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