Rename halls after Jon Snow rather than PM Gladstone, say students, in row over slavery


One is the only man to have served as prime minister on four separate occasions, and the other is a left-leaning Channel 4 News presenter.

But for students at the University of Liverpool, there is no question of whose name should grace their halls of residence – and it is not William Gladstone.

Instead, the group of student activists have demanded that Roscoe & Gladstone Hall be renamed after Jon Snow, because Gladstone “benefited” from slavery.

The campaigners say that the Liberal Party leader, who served four terms as prime minister between 1868-94, should be stripped of the honour and replaced by Snow, who is a university alumnus.

They argue that Gladstone was financed by money derived from his father’s sugar plantations, and that he did not wholeheartedly support the abolition of slavery.

They also claim that the hall, also named after William Roscoe, a fellow 19th century Liverpudlian…

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