The universities minister has rejected calls to remove the controversial statue of Cecil Rhodes from an Oxford University college.
Michelle Donelan said it would be “short sighted” to try to “rewrite our history”.
Campaigners have called for the taking down of the statue as an offensive symbol of colonialism and racism.
But the minister told an online conference: “We should not seek to censor or edit our past.”
“I want to be really clear that racism is abhorrent and shouldn’t be tolerated anywhere in our society, and that includes universities,” she told a Higher Education Policy Institute event.
But Ms Donelan said she was opposed to the renaming of buildings named after the 19th…
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