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Dr Frank Ellis at Leeds university

by Hanif Leylabi
Issue No. 1992

“Immigrants should be hunted down, rounded up and deported.” “Homosexuality should be weeded out.” These are just two of the foul comments made by Dr Frank Ellis, lecturer in Russian and Slavonic Studies at Leeds University in an interview with Leeds Student journalist Matt Kennard.

Ellis has a history – attending, in March 2000, a conference hosted by the American Renaissance magazine, a virulently racist publication.

The magazine claims that, “when blacks are left entirely to their own devices, Western civilisation – any kind of civilisation – disappears”.

There is a huge campaign to get Frank Ellis sacked. Ruqayyah Collector, student union education officer at Leeds University said, “I am horrified by the views of Frank Ellis. It is unacceptable that someone promoting racist views should be given a position of influence in the university.”

Students collected over 500 signatures in a very short period of time, and have gained support from Unite Against Fascism and Leeds University students’ union as well as members of the AUT and Natfhe unions.

A picket of Ellis’s lectures, followed by a rally outside the students’ union is planned for this week. The campaign will continue until Frank Ellis is removed from his position.

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Sat 18 Mar 2006, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1992
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