The wife of a leading academic at the centre of a free speech row has revealed vile students called her a ‘b***h’ after they stormed out of a speech by Rod Liddle.

Dorothy Luckhurst shared her story about how fearful the “baying” mob made her feel and she praised her husband Tim for helping to organize the Durham University speech.

It comes as undergraduates try to gag guest speakers performing on campus by calling for ‘content warnings’ on their lectures before they arrive.

Durham must reduce future speech bans by increasing transparency about the process by which individuals are invited.

Students had walked out during the talk by Mr Liddle and Professor Luckhurst on Friday. He later apologized for his anger.

The talk by Mr Liddle covered trans and gender issues as well as institutional racism. These topics are frequently used on campus campuses by “woke” activists.

He yesterday called for university bosses to apology for ‘vilifying’ his speech and said they should reimburse his £150 travel expenses.

Professor Luckhurst remains under investigation. He is currently barred from all duties as a result of the scandal. He is believed to be gagged during the live case.

Footage emerged of the professor and his wife Dorothy talking to 'woke' students who stormed out of the speech on Friday night

Footage was captured of Dorothy, the wife of Dorothy, talking to students who woke up after the Friday speech

Professor Luckhurst tried to calm the students who gawped at him as he educated them on free speech at universities

While educating them about free speech at universities, Professor Luckhurst attempted to soothe the students as they stared at him.

Seun Twins, Jack Ballingham, Jonah Graham, Declan Merrington and Charlie Procter claimed hosting one of the UK's best known writers (pictured) was an 'abuse of power'

The five officers penned a rambling statement in a bid to oust South College principal Professor Tim Luckhurst (pictured)

Seun Twins: Jonah Graham and Declan Merrington, Jonah Graham, Charlie Procter, Jonah Graham, Jack Ballingham, Jonah Graham, Declan Merrington, and Charlie Procter all claimed that hosting one of Britain’s most well-known writers was an “abuse” of power. Right: Prof Luckhurst

Video footage of Professor Luckhurst and Mrs Luckhurst talking with students after the talk was over emerged. This was to help calm down their nerves.

These men appeared to have helped them see that universities were supposed to provide a bastion of freedom speech.

As Professor Luckhurst began to speak, the youths listened intently. His wife then interrupted.

She asked her: “What are your fears of, silly… What are you afraid of?” One student squeaked back, “What’s your meaning?”

The rest of their exchange was inaudible but Mrs Luckhurst went on to repeat the word ‘a***’.

Yesterday, Mrs Luckhurst clarified that the video was missing the context where the students insulted the couple.

She said one of the ‘baying’ mob called her a ‘b***h’ and left her intimidated and frightened as they swarmed around them.

According to her, she said that although it wasn’t right for me to say what I did, it had been an exhausting day. It was also very stressful.

Yesterday Durham students called on future speakers to be subject of ‘content warnings.’ They also demanded a voice in who is allowed to speak at the university.

They also want an investigation ‘based on his [Luckhurst’s]Neglecting to provide care for students… and his wife’s bullying.

Societies including ‘mature students’; ‘working class students’; ‘LGBT+’; ‘students with disabilities’; ‘international students’; ‘people of colour’; and ‘womxn’ – a word activists use for females which includes trans women signed the statement.

The list included the following: “Under Durham University’s Disciplinary Regulations…we believe these actions constitute gross misconduct.”

They demanded that Professor Luckhurst be subject to a formal investigation into his ‘neglect in duty of care for students’ as well as his verbal condemnation.

In the statement, it was stated that Rod Liddle had been promoted by Tim Luckhurst to promote a culture which is hateful towards LGBTQ+ and disabled people. [people of colour]And working-class students becoming normalized…

“These acts have made students feel unsafe attending formals at college.”

South College was the scene of a small protest by Left-wing students calling for a safer, more inclusive campus

Around 200 students gathered at Durham University yesterday afternoon to protest about the row that blew up following a speech by writer Rod Liddle at an end of year event

Yesterday afternoon, around 200 Durham University students protested against the row that broke out following Rod Liddle’s speech at an end-of-year event.

Yesterday the placard-waving students who want him out gathered at South College, where the speech, which included Liddle joking about sex workers, had been given

Yesterday, the students with placards demanding he be out met at South College where Liddle joked about sex workers.

The activists gathered on a green with placards reading 'mansplain, manipulate, manwife' and 'we're queer, we're here'

On a green were activists who held placards saying “mansplain, manipulate and manwife” as well as “we are queer, here”.

A small number of student activists marched on South College yesterday in their latest attempt to get the professor sacked

In their latest effort to fire the professor, South College was invaded by a few student activists yesterday.

South College was thronged by a crowd of “woke” students to demand that Professor Luckhurst, an academic and ex-newspaper editor, be fired.

The placard-waving rabble held signs saying ‘human rights are not up for the debate’ and ‘#BinTim’ as guest speakers took turns to address the group.

Mob members murmured, “hey hey ho ho Tim Luckhurst has to go”, and other chants.

However, the sacking of Mr Liddle was not able to be distinguished from banning him from speaking. They bizarrely stated that they support free speech.

Some people at the rally admitted that they hadn’t been to the talk. However, they felt their anger needed to be heard.

Connie Harrison (age 18) stated that she believes it is important for us to help our peers.

“I did not attend the dinner, but some of my friends went and got out early to protest the speeches.

‘A few of them attempted to speak with Tim at the last, but he refused to listen to them. Their only option was to walk out, which I don’t think they had.

She stated that they were not permitted to discuss the issue, as it was too late for such a conversation.

“Rod Liddle has the right to free speech, but only in this environment and not in such a context. Students should also be allowed to have a discussion and express their views.

The youngsters carried flags and banners with messages such as 'sod Rod', 'proud to be pathetic' and 'no hate'

Children carried banners and flags bearing messages, such as “sod Rod”, ‘proudly be pathetic”, and “no hate”

The 'woke' mob had ramped up its campaign to oust Professor Luckhurst last night as seven societies accused him of 'gross misconduct'

Last night, seven organisations accused Professor Luckhurst with ‘gross misconduct’. The mob called the “woke” and stepped up their campaign to get rid of him.

A speaker talks to Durham University students as they stage a protest at South College yesterday

Durham University students protest outside South College. Yesterday’s speaker addressed them.

They claimed he promoted 'a culture of harm and hate' by inviting Mr Liddle to give his speech

The claim was that he encouraged a culture of hate and harm by inviting Mr Liddle for his speech

Ben Bradley also 18 said, “It was thrust on the students without any prior notice.”

“I do not believe it was the right time or place for that conversation, especially with something so controversial like that.

“I believe strongly in free speech. However, I completely disagree with what transpired in that particular room.”

A peer claimed that she went to the dinner with half of the group. The other half remained seated.

Unnamed female student said that he made remarks about single mothers, and suggested their children be removed from them.

“He also made remarks about transgender people. He said that if you were born with a penis, then scientifically you’re a man. This is scientifically incorrect.

“He stated that colonisation was not the cause of Africa’s problems, and made remarks about prostitution.

Another chant was heard as she spoke, declaring, “When my rights are being attacked, what should we do?” You must fight back.

The groups claimed the incident, at a formal dinner on Friday, made them feel 'unsafe' and 'distressed'

They claimed that the Friday incident at a formal dinner made them feel unsafe and distressed.

They claimed it breached the Equality Act and demanded 'disciplinary regulations' be brought to bear on the professor - who has been gagged from commenting

They claimed that it was in violation of the Equality Act.

Durham University students stand with their banners as they stage a protest at South College yesterday

Durham University students support their banners during a demonstration at South College yesterday

Tim Luckhurst is a newspaper editor who has become a professor.

Tim Luckhurst was a former national newspaper editor. He then turned his attention to academia, rising up at Kent and Durham Universities.

His career began as a journalist on BBC Radio 4’s Today program in the 1980s.

However, he was the BBC Scotland’s editor for news programs from 1995 until 1997.

The top journalist won two Sony Radio Academy Awards for news broadcasting and particularly excelled in foreign coverage.

Luckhurst left the Beeb to become editor at The Scotsman before he went into academia.

From 2007 through November 2019, the 58-year old was Professor at Journalism Kent University.

He also served as Director of KM Television Ltd – which he helped set up – between 2016 and 2019.

He moved to Durham in November 2019, to become the head of South College and as associate pro vice-chancellor for engagement.

Yasmine, a French and Spanish student Yasmine Dan (18), said: “He opened the speech using a joke that was “I’m disappointed to not see any sex workers there tonight”.

“That set the tone and the speeches just kept getting worse. A lot of the people who had been there were gone by the end but some others were scared to move on.

“About 8 people left the table at the beginning, but the principal gave them an unexpected response. He called them stupid.

“Free speech doesn’t equal hate speech” – and that is exactly what happened. Unidentified man called on Professor Luckhurst for his resignation.

“I believe his place here now is wholly inappropriate since he has so let down students.

“The remarks Liddle made concerning single mothers raising children who turn to crime are unfounded.

“He can absolutely have free speech. But free speech does not include hate speech.

“And free speech doesn’t grant you the right for free speech wherever. That conversation was inappropriate and should not have been had without prior notice.

It’s believed that guest speakers attended pre-dinner seminars, which allowed them to discuss and listen with students.

However, a student stated that Mr Liddle couldn’t attend the seminar slot and could therefore only address the dinner.

Sean Hannigan, president of the Junior Common Room, cried to the crowd: “We were jump with a speaker whom we didn’t expect to be speaking.”

“There wasn’t an opportunity to reply. This was a deliberate inflamatory tactic.

“I heard that other rent-strikers were organizing a strike. This is the right momentum to help us get started.

The only way the university is going to listen is if they are financially impacted. We, homosexuals and black people as well as every other person living here are the owners of this country.

Echoing a slogan of ex-Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, he added: ‘We need to stand up for this country and its rights and build a new country for the many not the few.’

This comes just a few days after Mr Liddle lambasted Durham University’s ‘despicable treatment’ of Professor Luckhurst.

Was Rod Liddle right in his address at University of Durham?

Rod Liddle’s speech at University of Durham is not yet fully reported, however, the Palatinate student newspaper has reported the speech’s contents.

The newspaper reports that Liddle began his Friday speech by stating that he was sad to not see any sex workers during the event.

It was a reference to the recent controversy over safety training Durham University provided to student sex workers. 

Liddle then claimed that the left was going against ‘science or pure facts,’ saying ‘a person with an X and a Y chromosome, that has a long, dangling penis, is scientifically a man, and that is pretty much, scientifically, the end of the story’, according to the paper.

On a completely different subject, he continued: “It’s quite easy to show that colonialism was not the main cause of Africa’s problems. Just as it’s very simple to prove that educational underachievement in British Caribbean-Americans or African Americans has nothing to do institutional or structural racism.” 

Liddle also spoke out about Britain’s forced adoption policies between 1945-1975.

He claimed that attitude now puts women, and not children first.

His speech was concluded by a message for the attendees about how important it is to listen to and question other people’s opinions.

According to the Palatinate, a dozen students left before the speech started and many more during it.

A very few people applauded Liddle at the end. While it’s protocol for students to stand to the left of the high-ranking speaker as they leave, most students remained seated. Some students yelled at Liddle, “disgusting”, and “racist” as he left. 

According to the columnist, the institution must issue an apology and reinstate him to his duties immediately.

He also called for bosses to say sorry to him for ‘vilifying’ his speech and said they should reimburse his £150 travel expenses.

Yesterday, Mr Liddle rushed to the aid of his friend, blasting Durham, the new head at South College, for making a scapegoat of Durham.

While he stated that he had expected students to behave like this, he was shocked by the university’s reaction.

GB News was informed by him that he believed Durham University would do the right thing. Their behavior was far more abominable than that of the students.

“I expected this from students. I even expected it from some of them. You don’t see the double thinking Durham University indulges in.

They first say that they are in agreement with freedom speech. Next, they state except that if something is not what we agree with and the Labour Party at campus disagrees with then they don’t agree.

‘Then and perhaps most important of all, Tim Luckhurst made the scapegoat. Tim asked me to join him after I had cleared it with them having informed them in advance.

“They’ve now decided that they have to placate these infants by doing something. So a highly respected, well-respected and extremely competent journalist is left out in the cold.

“And so, what they should now do immediately is number one: decide whether they believe or not in free speech.

“Number 2: Write a sincere apology to Professor Luckhurst and immediately reinstate him to his duties.

“And I accept the invitation he made to me in good faith. 

The third thing they need to do is to write me a note of regret and to explain that their remarks about me were unfair.

“They will also send me 150 dollars for travel expenses since I was there unpaid with a desire to do right by the public and give back to society, all that stuff.”

He stated, “So they could apologise for me and pay my travel costs. Then I’ll be satisfied.”

Mr Liddle leapt to his friend's aid yesterday, blasting Durham for 'scapegoating' the academic, who is the head of the newly-established South College

Yesterday’s Liddle came to Durham’s rescue, blaming Durham for making Durham the’scapegoat’ academic head of South College.

One friend said that Tim was one of the kindest, most intelligent and kindly people she’s ever met. He is being really victimized here.

According to the Free Speech Union, Professor Luckhurst was vilified and abused for inviting Rod Liddle as an after-dinner speaker.

Students who can’t cope with listening to opinions that they disagree with shouldn’t go to university.

Although Durham claims that it is committed to academic free speech and has placed Prof. Luckhurst under investigation after he described the student’s decision not to attend the speech as “pathetic”,

Professor Luckhurst expressed a perfectly legal view. Penalizing him for this could be considered a violation of law, which requires that universities uphold freedom speech on campuses.

“Professor Luckhurst belongs to the Free Speech Union. We support him wholeheartedly.”

The students of Durham (SU), called for the dismissal of Professor Stump, deeming his position ‘untenable.

Seun Twins Jack Ballingham, Jonah Graham Jonah Graham Declan Merrington Charlie Procter all claimed they were hosting Jonah Graham.

Ms Twins previously wrote of her hate for the Tories and called for their ‘dealt.

Durham Students' Union has been blasted for demanding a leading academic resign after he invited journalist Rod Liddle to talk at a dinner party

Durham Students' Union has been blasted for demanding a leading academic resign after he invited journalist Rod Liddle to talk at a dinner party

Two of the five Durham Student’s Union officers are shown here. They demanded that a prominent academic quit after Rod Liddle invited him to speak at a dinner party.

The Free Speech Union slammed the five officers who penned a rambling statement in a bid to oust South College principal Professor Tim Luckhurst

The Free Speech Union slammed the five officers who penned a rambling statement in a bid to oust South College principal Professor Tim Luckhurst

The Free Speech Union condemned the five officers, including two of them (pictured), who made a long and convoluted statement in an attempt to remove South College principal Tim Luckhurst.

Seun Twins, Jack Ballingham, Jonah Graham, Declan Merrington and Charlie Procter (pictured) claimed hosting one of the UK's best known writers was an 'abuse of power'

Seun Twins Jack Ballingham, Jonah Graham and Declan Merrington (pictured) claim that Charlie Procter hosted one of Britain’s most well-known writers.

The students wrote that the Principal of South College had insulted, humiliated them.

The former editor of the national newspaper was Tim Luckhurst. His hijacking of Christmas parties allowed him to allow his close friend to spread vile propaganda that would create division.

“His disgraceful and shameless attempt to justify this pantomime while pretending that it was for students’ education is shameful.

“He failed to fulfill his duties of care as principal for South College students and leader within our University community.

Liddle stated that the Left ignored science on trans issues during his appearance and claimed Colonialism was not responsible for Africa’s current problems.

He stated that underperformance among students of Caribbean descent wasn’t due to institutional racism.

These are the mainstream views of many government and academic experts, he said to Daily Mail later.

He said, “I am not racist or transphobic.” Transgender people should be able to live happily, with dignity, and equality in this world. I detest racism.

His main message was that we should be open to hearing other opinions, and not doubt our own.

Later, Professor Luckhurst emailed his students to apologize for the use of “pathetic” but also to defend Liddle’s right to invite him and to say he supported ‘free speech.

However, the university declared an investigation and stated that it was “concerned by reports that behaviours displayed on the occasion fell short of what we expect.”

University officials have refused further comment. Professor Luckhurst was not allowed to speak.

Reported: Durham University’s ex-head girl who hates Torys set up a ‘culture commission to deconstruct toxicity’

  • Campaign to remove Durham Uni Professor Tim Luckhurst was led by Seun Twins
  • Came following his slur on Rod Liddle Speech walkout by students of woken were deemed ‘pathetic’
  • Twins established a culture commission to locate and deconstruct toxicology at her university
  • She previously referred to Jeremy Corbyn, an ex-Labour leader, as “the white king”.

A left-wing student leader who led a campaign against Professor Tim Luckhurst called Jeremy Corbyn ‘the white king’. He suggested that Tories should be dealt with.

Seun Twins stated that the goal of the union is to ‘unravel the unfair power dynamics that permeate into culture of privilege at the university.

Her ‘culture committee’ was established to “explore, find and finally deconstruct toxicity at Durham”.

Seun Twins, the left-wing student leader behind a campaign to oust a Durham University lecturer, has previously described Jeremy Corbyn as 'the white king' and suggested Tories should be 'dealt with'

Seun Twins, the left-wing student leader behind a campaign to oust a Durham University lecturer, has previously described Jeremy Corbyn as ‘the white king’ and suggested Tories should be ‘dealt with’

After her election, Miss Twins demanded that Tories be ‘dealt’ with by ‘roadmen in an Instagram post. This was taken from her private Instagram account.

Collins dictionary defines Roadman as “a young man who spends a lot time on the streets with a group and may be involved selling drugs.”

She said, “I don’t condone violence, but sometimes, when you’re in the presence such grotesque entitlements, do you ever want to just say, “We need to take those tories to South London”? But you realize that to become their president, you will have to make sure you are the most charismatic and palatable black girl. You must smile and wave.” [sic]

Miss Twins has said the union's objective is 'unravelling the unfair power dynamics which permeate into a culture of privilege' at the university. It comes after Professor Tim Luckhurst (pictured), principal of Durham's South College, branded a walkout by woke students 'pathetic' and is now facing investigation

Miss Twins stated that the union is working to ‘unravel the unfair power dynamics, which have permeated into a culture based on privilege at the university’. It comes after Professor Tim Luckhurst (pictured), principal of Durham’s South College, branded a walkout by woke students ‘pathetic’ and is now facing investigation

The students staged a walkout during a speech by right-wing journalist Rod Liddle (pictured)

Students staged an uncontrollable protest during Rod Liddle, a right-wing journalist (pictured).

Later, she claimed that the posting was in response to bullying. It was also an expression of how she felt she needed to be presented ‘because racism and sexism.

As Durham Students Union President for the second time, Miss Twins is open about her political beliefs.

She previously referred to Jeremy Corbyn, former Labour leader, as “the white king”.

Following her senior roles with the Intersectional Feminism Society of Durham and the Durham People Of Colour Association Miss Twins became the president of the Camden School for Girls.

Durham SU launched a bid to oust a leading academic after ‘woke” students stormed out from a speech, because they were frightened of the words of scribblers

Here’s the full statement

The Principal of South College insulted, humiliated and abused the College’s student members. Tim Luckhurst was a former editor at a national newspaper. He knew what he did when he stole a Christmas party from his friend and let him spew vile propaganda that he knew would lead to division. It is shameful that he tried to justify this act of pantomime while pretending it was for students’ education. As Principal of South College, he has not fulfilled his duties as well as as leader within our University community.

It is against the law to invite a friend to provoke or shock students at their home. South students, enjoying Christmas festivities were harmed by their principal who prioritized his political agenda over the interests of their students. It is insulting for every Durham student, as well as any actual academic to try to portray this strike as a pro-educational strike. This is just hazing. Luckhurst knew that it would be a direct abuse of power and provoke anyone who didn’t want to succumb to his bullying. The students that exercised their right to free speech and left this horrible excuse for education are supported fully by the university. It is also a great honor to Durham’s academics and others who have condemned this attempt at corroding their professional reputation.

His attempts to justify his calculated behavior within freedom of speech discourse are disingenuous and do a disservice for those who fight threats to academic freedom around the globe. We are challenging the Acting Vice Chancellor to show us how it is possible for a Principal, who took it upon themselves to disrupt a Christmas party in order to exercise his “right” to ‘educate students, over their right to have dinner at their house with their friends. South College students deserve an apology. Not just Orwell-inspired self-promotional quotes.

It is important to acknowledge that the wife of the principal was at times inappropriate or even antagonistic. It is expected that guests in our community respect the community. Respect is essential to learning. Colleges should not be seen as battlegrounds for children’s denigration.

This weekend we read extensively about the Principal and his ‘rights. His responsibilities have not been acknowledged. Our community should not focus on his distractions, but on what standards we can expect from a Principal of College. We have witnessed this behavior in our own college. Check out the video clips from Friday night. See the testimonies of the students present as well the statements made by representatives from our College and SU Associations. It isn’t the behavior we want to see in a leader, teacher or support person.

Durham has a problematic culture. It isn’t an isolated incident, it is a consequence of long-standing inability to appropriately address unacceptable behavior. While we have appreciated the efforts of the University leadership in addressing the past problems and the commitments made, this incident shows us that culture and policy are not enough. It is an important test for us all. We will accept the way we lead a College like it is normal if we do.

Tim Luckhurst’s situation at Durham, despite all the good things that were done at South College is not sustainable. It is unacceptable for a Principal to call students pathetic and abuse them, then later attack them because they want to be secure in their own home. Our collegiate community is no longer at risk from the Principal of South College, who has become an intellectual and pastoral leader.

It is important to express our support for our values and our disgust at the response. We encourage students, staff and supporters to reach out to the Pro-Vice Chancellor (College & Student Experience), to voice their opinions. We are all aware that Friday’s events were unacceptable. Now we need to have a wider discussion about our expectations of leaders. This conversation should go beyond the misdeeds one man can commit.

In situations such as these, when someone feels they are wrong, but is convinced that their rights are right, it may be very easy to make them a martyr. It is not possible for our community to allow someone who offends so many of our values to go through a slow or inefficient process and claim to be a victim. The University leadership can be trusted to do right, even though it won’t all be public and the result won’t come immediately. Although we are right to be mad at people who have violated the values of the community, we also understand the reasons why the institution makes cautious statements about these matters. They will be judged on how they respond and demonstrate Tim Luckhurst’s humanity.