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Universities demand clarity over anti-terrorism bill

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The government should be much clearer about its plans to give ministers the power to order universities to ban extremists from speaking on their campuses, as the move will have major implications for academia, according to university representatives.

Home secretary Theresa May announced the government’s plans on 24 Novermber, as part of a counter-terrorism and security bill to be published on 26 November.  

Speaking at the Royal United Services Institute, in London, the home secretary said that the bill would place a statutory duty on organisations such as schools and universities to help prevent people from being drawn into terrorism. Other measures in the bill would include a temporary exclusion order to control the return of British citizens suspected of being involved in terrorism outside the UK. May said that the bill was not a knee-jerk response, but a properly considered set of proposals that aligned with existing policy and had cross-party support.

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