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Lords throw out free speech bill legal tort

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Peers reject plans to give ‘no-platformed’ speakers the right to legal recourse

The government has faced defeat in the House of Lords over plans to introduce a law designed to allow people who feel they have been silenced by universities or student unions to take legal action against them.

On 7 December, peers voted in favour of an amendment to the Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) bill, which removes the statutory tort that would facilitate a legal right to seek compensation.

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