Written by Student Rights on 3 August 2011 at 9pm

Liverpool John Moores University drops libel threat against Robert Halfon MP

Liverpool John Moores University has withdrawn its threat of libel action against Robert Halfon MP, a Student Rights Advisory Board member.rh Halfon has been the most vocal critic of Liverpool John Moores’commercial links with the Libyan regime”. As a result of this criticism the university had sent a formal letter requesting that the statements be unequivocally rescinded and not repeated.

The withdrawal of this threat represents a significant victory in the battle against the funding of British universities by despotic regimes.

If Mr. Halfon had not been the victor in this instance the university would have been able to escape the opprobrium it deserves. Furthermore, this would have set a terrible precedent for other universities to follow.