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4 February 2008

Anger at Oxbridge.

For the past few days there has been a fairly steady stream of articles in various newspapers about bitter internal disputes first in Oxford and now in Cambridge.

The Oxford Union, which has been criticised recently for some controversial guest speakers and debate topics, now finds itself in a dispute over the presidency of the society with allegations of electoral malpractice, abuse of power and harassment. This dispute has been ongoing since last November but seemed to have dropped off the media radar .

This morning a number of papers are carrying stories that the President, Secretary and Treasurer of the Cambridge Union have all resigned following "an altercation" at a meeting last week. They claimed that "constant in-fighting" had hampered their attempts to introduce "democratic reform" into the world's "oldest debating society" but it appears tempers boiled over into a physical altercation.

Oxford Union election battle gets nasty (Times)
Poll rigging, sex jibes and a case of the Oxford blues at prestigious university's union (Mail)
Oxford Union launches PR fightback in Delhi boy case (Times of India)
Indian student in Oxford Union battle (NDTV)

Angry student society leaders quit (PA)
Oldest debating society talks itself to the brink of closure (The Times)
Cambridge debating society in turmoil (Telegraph)
Revered Cambridge Union Society descends into chaos after fight breaks out at debate (Mail)

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