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Oxford Union president resigns amid row over blind student

A blind student was removed from the Oxford Union during a debate. Credit: PA

The president of the Oxford Union has resigned after a blind student was forcibly removed from a debate event by a security guards.

Postgraduate student Ebenezer Azamati was taken from the venue by a security guard when he tried to return to a seat before the debate last month.

Union president Brendan McGrath wrote in a statement posted to Facebook late on Tuesday that he had resigned because it was his “job to ensure that every Member feels welcome at the Oxford Union”.

McGrath was set for a vote of impeachment, which had required the necessary 150 signatures to take place, but has instead decided to quit.

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“For all of my shortcomings, and all of my mistakes, I apologise profusely and unqualifiedly,” he added.

Since the incident took place the Oxford Union's Secretary, the Chief of Staff, the Director of Press and the Director of Operations, have all left their roles, according to The Cherwell.

Mr Azamati, an international relations scholar from Ghana, said his treatment left him feeling “unwelcome in the Union, Oxford and even the country”.

He successfully appealed on Saturday against what he told the BBC were claims of “false violent disorder” by the union.

The society operates independently of the university and has hosted speakers and debates since 1823.