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Ex-forces MPs slam Cambridge students union as ‘pathetic little snowflakes’ over banning military from freshers fair


EX-FORCES MPs have slammed Cambridge students union as “pathetic little snowflakes” after they voted to ban the military from freshers fairs.

The union had sparked fury after claiming allowing military personnel at the student event was “alarming”.

Students voted for a motion saying allowing military personnel with firearms showed “implicit approval of their use, despite the links between military and firearms and violence on an international scale”.

"What complete idiots"

Penny Mordaunt

Ex-Defence Secretary Penny Mordant blasted the students as "idiots".

The naval reservist said: "This will both deny students the incredible opportunities that come from training or reservist careers and fails to recognise that everything that university stands for.

“The message it sends is also shoddy. What complete idiots".

Union welfare and rights officer Stella Swain had claimed those with mental health issues could find their presence “triggering”.

In a motion, she said: “The presence of firearms and military personnel at freshers' fair is alarming and off-putting for some students, and has the potential to detrimentally affect students' mental welfare.”

"Pathetic little snowflakes"

Adam Holloway MP

Tory MP and former military officer Adam Holloway labelled the students "pathetic little snowflakes”.

The Cambridge graduate said: “I tell you what affects students welfare, it's when they get killed by extremists.

“What the military has done over the last century is fought extremism, like fascism or the sort of lunatics that could attack people on any street in the country including one in Cambridge.

“They will be the very first people whining when there's no one to protect them.”

In 2018, the union voted against promoting Remembrance Sunday citing fears about the "glorification" of conflict.

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