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A student in Englandwho began a petition to ban Boris Johnson from his former Oxford University college mentioned it is no longer an “old boys’ club”.

The petition calls on Balliol College to publicly condemn the British Prime Minister for suspending Parliament, eliminate his alumni status and to cease him from attending any of the college’s events.

Harriet Lester, a Phd student, began the petition with fellow student Andrew MacGowans, just after meeting at a protest rally in the city.

Referring to the controversy more than Mr Johnson’s actions to suspend Parliament for practically 5 weeks ahead of the Brexit date of October 31, Ms Lester mentioned “everyone” at the college was appalled by the current “political coup”.

<figcaption class='imgFCap'>The anti-Johnson petition (PA)</figcaption>
The anti-Johnson petition (PA)

Asked if lecturers and other pupils have been supportive of her petition, she mentioned “everyone has been on board and they agree anything has to be completed.

“There’s been small resistance.

“But we have told the college, you are siding with the oppressor by not saying something.”

The petition was not about becoming for or against Brexit, but aimed to make persons realise “things are altering it is no longer an old boys’ club (at Oxford), but a location which welcomes everybody,” she mentioned.

Ms Lester stressed that the protest that sparked the petition was attended by pro- and anti-Brexiters and persons from across the political spectrum “including Conservative speakers”.

“This petition is a way to bring dialogue,” she added.

The petition says: “Balliol College’s student physique has regularly demonstrated its commitment to democratic values.

“We get in touch with upon its members to sign this petition in order to to place stress on college administration to take definitive action in this matter.”

The Prime Minister studied classics at Balliol College in the 1980s and was also a member of the controversial Bullingdon dining club at the time.

– Press Association

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