Holocaust Denier Roils Oxford Union
Invitation to debate prompts flurry of protests; MP resigns
By Lucas Laursen,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 26, 2007 11:46 AM CST
Holocaust denier David Irving.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – A British MP tendered his resignation to the Oxford Union yesterday in protest of the debating society’s invitation to Holocaust denier David Irving and anti-immigration leader Nick Griffin to speak tonight, reports the Telegraph. Julian Lewis, the Conservative Party’s shadow defense minister, said he was “ashamed” of the decision by the students, who voted 1,062 to 640 to hear the speakers.

The Oxford Union's president said his aim was to fight fascism with "liberal, informed debate.” Luke Tryl said the speakers would be their own undoing: "I believe their own publicity will destroy them—they will implode." Lewis begged to differ, writing, "Nothing which happens in Monday's debate can possibly offset the boost you are giving to a couple of scoundrels who can put up with anything except being ignored."