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No-platforming: Justified or the work of a ‘woke cult’?

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The government is pushing through a higher education bill aimed at defending free speech at universities and stopping the practice of no-platforming.

No-platforming is a form of boycott where speakers are denied a platform to espouse usually controversial views. The practice has become more prevalent in recent years as the remit for no-platforming people has become wider.

We spoke to Toby Young, general secretary of the Free Speech Union, Jenny Sherrard from the UCU, and former Liverpool Guild of Students deputy president Dylan Thomson about the proposals.

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Government pledges another £81m for cycle lanes

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The money will promote cycling and walking across the country and further increase the construction of bike lanes.

The government said: “This funding will help see the construction of hundreds of miles of new high-quality cycle lanes.”

A new version of the Highway Code is also being published which “ensures road users who can do the greatest harm have the greatest responsibility to reduce the danger they may pose to others.”

The new code will also give “guidance on safe passing distances and speeds and ensuring that cyclists have priority at junctions when travelling straight ahead.”

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “Millions of us have found over the past year how cycling and walking are great ways to stay fit, ease congestion on the roads and do your bit for the environment.

“As we build back greener from the pandemic, we’re determined to keep that trend going by making active travel easier and safer for everyone.

“This £338 million package marks the start of what promises to be a great summer of cycling and walking, enabling more people to make those sustainable travel choices that make our air cleaner and cities greener.”

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Plans move forward for £150m Welsh rail centre

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Plans to build a major rail testing facility in Wales have been conditionally approved by Powys County Council Planning Committee.

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Go-ahead given for £100m Holocaust Memorial

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Planning permission has been granted for the £100m Holocaust Memorial & Learning Centre in Victoria Tower Gardens in Westminster.

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