Student uproar over South Africa

The Guardian is another newspaper that has the story this morning about the Guild resignations:

The executive of the council of the Guild of Undergraduates of Liverpool University were voted out of office last night over the anti-apartheid controversy in which the Chancellor, Lord Salisbury, was involved just over a week ago.

The council broke up in disorder and fifty ” rebels ” staged a sit-down in the office of the former president, Mr Alexander Macmillan. It was still going on at midnight.

Lord Salisbury was called on to resign as Chancellor after a rebel faction had accused him of supporting white rule in the Central and Southern African States. He refused to do so, but did not attend as guest of honour the annual students’ dinner and ball, for which he had travelled to Liverpool with Lady Salisbury.

Last night at the council meeting there was an immediate call for a debate on the incident. Attempts were made to carry a resolution to sell £28,000 investments because, it was alleged, most of the money was in South African stock. It was proposed that the proceeds should be given to the South African freedom fighters. This suggestion was defeated but a resolution was carried approving the sale of the assets.

Then a vote of no confidence was proposed in the president and woman president, Caroline Farmer, who had been criticised for going to the hotel to present to Lady Salisbury a bouquet which she would have received at the function.

The resolution, which also mentioned the three vice-presidents and the six executive members, was carried by 28 votes to 24, with three abstentions. The entire executive then resigned and walked out, and the proceedings ended in uproar.


Author: Gerry

Retired college teacher living in Liverpool, UK.

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