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Conservative Cambridge University Students 'Joked About Burning £20 In Front Of Homeless Man'

Conservative Cambridge University Students 'Joked About Burning £20 In Front Of Homeless Man'

Student Tories at Cambridge University reportedly laughed off the scandal sparked by a student burning a £20 note in front of a homeless man, saying that 'it should have been a £50 note'.

The university came under pressure in February to expel Conservative Association member Ronald Coyne after he was videoed drunkenly burning the note.

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Following the incident going viral, the Conservative Association said that there was 'no room for people who behave like that' in the group, and that it had 'determined the appropriate response to be to revoke his membership and bar him from all future events'.

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However, the Daily Mail has reported that a secret recording taken two weeks later at a Cambridge University Conservative Association (CUCA) event revealed that members broke out into 11 seconds of raucous laughter after one shouted out: 'It should have been a £50 note'.

The audio recording of the Q&A session with Havant MP Alan Mak reportedly captures members at the defending Mr Coyne and joking about the incident.

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The MP's speech was informing members on 'how not to become a professional politician'.

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Mr Mak claimed during his speech that said Mr Coyne's actions were 'not representative of the Conservative party in any sense of that word'. However, a student can then be heard saying that 'if a man can't do a stupid thing like that in his first year. I think that's really bad'.

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Another student is also said to have asked the MP: "Do you think Ronald Coyne did a greater disfavour to Cambridge University or the Conservative party?"

Mr Mak said that: "People are smart enough to understand it's probably just the isolated attitudes of one individual."

But students can be heard agreeing with the student who, according to the Daily Mail, said: "I think this is really horrible, if a man can't do a stupid thing like that in his first year without this, if I could use this expression, 'virtue signalling'. I think that's really bad."

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The event is believed to have taken place in Gonville and Caius College on February 24.

The attempt to ignite the cash echoed the rumoured initiation at Oxford's Bullingdon Club - former members include David Cameron and Boris Johnson - where potential members are believed to have to burn £50 in front of a homeless person.

Featured Image Credit: Cambridge University Conservative Association

Topics: Conservatives, student, Homeless

James Dawson

James Dawson is a Journalist at LADbible. He has contributed articles to LADbible’s ‘Knowing Me, Knowing EU’ series on the EU referendum, the 'Electoral Dysfunction' series on the 2017 general election, the ‘U OK M8?’ series tackling mental health amongst young men, and for its ‘Climate Change’ initiative in partnership with National Geographic.