Toby Young: Petition to oust controversial columnist as universities regulator reaches 200,000 signatures.

The Independent reports that the petition passed the milestone as a former Labour MP who was the subject of one of his controversial tweets joined calls for him to be removed.

Pamela Nash said it was “beyond belief” that Mr Young had been appointed to the board of the Office for Students (OfS) and urged the Government to sack him “immediately”.

The petition, which says Mr Young is “entirely unqualified” for the watchdog role, has twice the number required for a cause to be raised in the House of Commons when organised through Parliament’s system.

Theresa May was forced to address criticism over his appointment on Sunday and said she had been unaware of Mr Young’s history of crude and sexist comments.

Appearing on BBC One’s The Andrew Marr Show, Mrs May said she was “not impressed” by the comments and that any repeat would not be tolerated.

Meanwhile, Labour MP Layla Moran told BBC Radio 4’s Westminster Hour: “I think he needs to be moved on as quickly as possible, I think he needs to resign if hasn’t – or un-appointed, however the process would work – he’s not fit for purpose for this job.”

Fraser Nelson, editor of The Spectator magazine, for whom Young writes a regular column, said that his record as a pioneer of free schools showed that he was the right person to take on vested interests in the higher education system.

Read more  Toby Young: Petition to oust controversial columnist as universities regulator reaches 200,000 signatures.

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  1. His record in promoting the Trojan Horse ideology of free schools shows that he is unfit to be allowed anywhere near children’s education.

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