Education Secretary Michael Gove accused university bosses yesterday of 'pandering to extremism' by endorsing the compulsory segregation of audiences for campus visits by hard-line Islamic speakers.

He said it was 'a disgrace' for Universities UK to support the policy of separating men from women at lectures and debates.

Mr Gove told the Daily Mail: 'We should not pander to extremism. Speakers who insist on segregating audiences should not be indulged by educators.

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