Universities in London were today accused of failing in their legal duty to combat extremism on campus amid an increase in events involving radical speakers.

A report found 27 events featuring speakers with extremist views during the first four months of the academic year — a rise of seven in 12 months.

Most went ahead with no one on the platform to offer an alternative view, said the Henry Jackson Society's Student Rights project.

Participants included speakers who have stated homosexuality is "unnatural" and those who "fight against community ... should be killed".

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