At OUSU Council on Wednesday of 3rd week Hilary Term (1st February), a motion was passed to support the Oxford Radical Forum by providing £150 in funding for speakers’ expenses.
Earlier this week, Cherwell contacted OUSU to make us aware that Cherwell reporters had investigated some of the speakers invited to ORF this year, and that they were intending to publish a story into those speakers’ alleged anti-Semitic and homophobic views. This article has since been published, both in print and online.
As we stated to the Cherwell, OUSU weren’t aware of any such allegations against the motion but take them very seriously. We have previously condemned anti-Semitism (see the previous OUSU statement here) and expressed our commitment to tackling it, which we reaffirm now. We are similarly opposed to any form of oppression and prejudice against marginalised groups.
The OUSU Executive Committee has considered the matter, and believes that the Cherwell’s investigation constitutes new information, and which may have affected the outcome of the motion had it come to light in the original discussion. However, the Oxford Radical Forum have retracted the request for funding therefore the motion has been withdrawn.