Durham University's decision to accept a £2.5 million endowment from a former Kuwaiti Prime Minister who resigned in a corruption row last year is "astonishing", Conservative MP Robert Halfon said.

Mr Halfon, who has campaigned heavily on foreign university donations and has previously criticised Durham for accepting a donation from the Iranian government, made the comments on Friday after the university launched a new postgraduate research programme funded by former Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser Al-Sabah's grant.

"Given that this individual has allegedly been involved in these controversies it is astonishing that Durham have taken money once again from controversial sources in the Middle East," he said.

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