Liam Burns, NUS President, has issued a statement to clarify his position after his announcement of Margaret Thatcher's death at the NUS conference was met with cheers.
After calling for 'sensitivity' over the death Burns faced 'misrepresentations' on Twitter.
Following misrepresentations on Twitter, I feel that I have to respond to Margaret Thatcher's death.
Now, let me be clear, I’m the last person to agree with Margaret Thatcher’s politics or her policy record as prime minister. But we must not forget that an elderly woman has just died. She had family, friends, colleagues and supporters who will want to pay their respects at this time, and the media and public debate will now be dominated by this unexpected news.
– Liam Burns, NUS President
It's not just that this would reflect extremely badly upon us if we were to show disrespect at this time. We are better than that. We believe there is such thing as humanity. There is such a thing as sensitivity. And there is such a thing as respect. I ask you all to think very carefully indeed about how you respond to this news as conference continues.