Letter to the Times from Lord Salisbury

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.

Yours faithfully


House of Lords


Author: Gerry

Retired college teacher living in Liverpool, UK.

One thought on “Letter to the Times from Lord Salisbury”

  1. This really is disingenuous nonsense. A University Chancellor is chosen by a University usually, if not always, precisely because of their political influence. This was manifestly the case when the University of Liverpool invited Lord Salisbury in 1951 to be its Chancellor. He was at the time a prominent member of the incoming Conservative Government of that year. There were plenty of outgoing members of the Labour government and others who might have been invited, for example, but clearly none met the criteria preferred by the university authorities. Moreover, Lord Salisbury’s white supremacist views were not merely well-known at the time; they were the principal reason he had risen to prominence in the Tory Party. Hence it was no act of innocence when the University of Liverpool invited Lord Salisbury to be its Chancellor. It was a conscious and calculated political choice, rejecting plausible alternatives, to signal to the wider world those values the University commended, or at least saw as unobjectionable.

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