We unreservedly condemn the attack on University of Edinburgh Rector Ann Henderson by a number of student groups including the Edinburgh University Student Association sabbaticals at the University.
A stalwart of the labour movement, Ann has spent her whole adult life campaigning for equality and social justice. Repeated attempts to silence women who merely wish to debate the potential impact of a proposed change to the law are Orwellian.
It is a bitter irony to see an attack on free speech in a city that was at the heart of the Scottish enlightenment.
We call on the Principal Professor Peter Mathieson to support Ann and to issue a robust defence of free speech on the University of Edinburgh campuses.