The Times today has this letter from Lord Salisbury, in which he draws on the recent letter from the Committee of Vice-Chancellors to the President of NUS as justification for his continuing as Chancellor of Liverpool University. Trevor Thomas utilised this argument in his address to meeting in Mountford hall just prior to the occupation on March 9:
It is reported in your issue of March 3 that Sir Derman Christopherson, chairman of the Committee of Vice-Chancellors, has reaffirmed, in a letter to the National Union of Students, that “the political opinions and affiliations of students and staff are no business of a university.”
Might I, as Chancellor of the University of Liverpool, humbly submit that the same privilege should properly be extended also to Chancellors.
House of Lords