of Nottingham Forum
have received upwards of 300
e-mails from across the world
in support of this
-- Nottingham University
Tuesday, January 29, 2002
From: Nottingham Forum
Dear Mr. Irving
OVER the course of the past week we
have been in negotiations with the
University concerning your planned
appearance at Forum this coming Monday 4
The University have agreed that the
event should go ahead. They see no reason
on student-welfare grounds to stop the
event occurring, despite considerable
pressure placed on it by various
individuals and organisations.
They have, however, insisted that we
police the event. After consulting with
the local police, an estimate of
approximately £8,000 has been given
to us as the minimum cost of policing the
event. We have been told in no uncertain
terms that the event cannot go forward
without this cost being met.
As you may imagine, we are unable to
afford or justify such a sum to the Union.
Our events normally cost in the region of
£1000 to organise. This cost cannot
be borne by the Union and we have been
unsuccessful in sourcing the funds from
I have attempted to negotiate with the
University on this issue. It is not for me
to speculate why we have been presented
with this cost, other than to say that in
past events, entertaining Cabinet
Ministers, representatives from extremist
political groups and some of the most
controversial figures in British politics,
we have never been confronted with such an
outrageous and disproportionate cost of
policing an event.
Hence it is with considerable regret
that I write to apologise for the
cancellation of this coming Mondays'
event. I am aware that this may cause
great inconvenience for you and would like
to forward the apologies of Forum and our
membership to you.
I have been made aware that the
Students' Union newspaper, Impact,
intends to run a feature on our attempts
to plan this event. I understand that they
maybe in contact with your over the next
few days concerning a potential interview
for that feature.
I shall, of course, promptly return the
books and publicity which you have very
kindly sent to us.
Finally, may I thank you for the many
messages of support that we have received
through contacts with your website. We
have received upwards of 300 e-mails from
across the world in support of this event
and I have extended my thanks to all who
have contacted us.
May I once again apologise for any
inconvenience caused over the last two
weeks and thank you for closely helping us
to organise the event.
to hear that; please keep the boxes of
books [Churchill's War,
vol.ii] with my compliments and
distribute the books among those who
favoured the function to proceed;
please set aside two copies for the
University library, and one each for
the top university authorities who were
in favour of proceeding. There is no
charge from us for this. Invite the
university newspaper to contact me for
comments. I shall cover the decision
during the next 24 hours.