Turning Point UK

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Turning Point UK (TPUK) is a British, nonprofit right-wing youth campaign group[1] aimed at challenging perceived left-wing political ideology dominant in UK schools, colleges and universities.[2][3][4][5][6] It is an offshoot of the American organisation Turning Point USA.[1][7][8]

Turning Point UK's chairman is George Farmer[7][8] and it employs several staff.[4]

The organisation claims it has chapters at the universities of Sussex, Oxford, St Andrews, York, Warwick and Nottingham as well as King’s College London, University College London, the London School of Economics and University of the Arts London.[4] Like its US parent Turning Point USA, it does not disclose the identities of its donors.[4]

The group was launched in December 2018[4] by Turning Point USA leaders Charlie Kirk and Candace Owens (fiancee of George Farmer)[9][10] at the Royal Automobile Club in London.[4] Among those attending the event were Andy Wigmore, Paul Joseph Watson and James Delingpole.[4][8] MPs including Jacob Rees-Mogg and Priti Patel tweeted supportive messages for Turning Point UK in February 2019.[7][8] On its launch in February 2019 the organisation was marked for criticism by left-wing British newspapers and their supporters on social media;[8][9] On the same day the formal launch of its Twitter account was sabotaged by multiple parody accounts created by a ‘left-leaning student’ calling himself ‘Skeptical Seventh’. [10][11][12] There were also a protest from Turning Point the charity over confusion about similarities between the two names. [13]

Labour MP David Lammy has described the organisation as evidence that “sinister forces are taking hold of our country” and that the Tory party “openly promotes hard-right, xenophobic bile”.[14]

See also[edit]

  • Activate (organisation)

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Grant, Madeline (7 February 2019). "The backlash against Turning Point UK rather proves its point; it's hard being a conservative on campus". The Daily Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  2. Kindred, Alahna (4 February 2019). "NO TURNING BACK What is Turning Point UK, does Jacob Rees-Mogg support it and why are they controversial?". The Sun. Retrieved 5 February 2019.
  3. "Turning Point UK May Make Politics On Campus More Bitter And Polarised Than Ever Before". HuffPost. 5 February 2019. Retrieved 5 February 2019.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 van der Merwe, Ben (28 January 2019). "Right-wing dark money comes to Oxford student politics". Cherwell. Retrieved 5 February 2019.
  5. "The wrong Turning Point". Spectator USA. 4 February 2019. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  6. "The UK launch of right-wing youth group Turning Point is going about as well as expected". New Statesman. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Walker, Peter (4 February 2019). "Tory MPs back youth group with apparent links to US far right". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 4 February 2019 – via www.theguardian.com.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 "Tory MPs voice support for new UK branch of 'sinister' right-wing US group". The Independent. 4 February 2019. Retrieved 2 February 2019.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Barnes, Luke (4 February 2019). "Turning Point USA launches British chapter to rocky reception". ThinkProgress. Retrieved 5 February 2019.
  10. 10.0 10.1 "Turning Point's UK launch beset by memes". The Daily Dot. 4 February 2019. Retrieved 5 February 2019.
  11. Waters, Lowenna (5 February 2019). "Turning Point's UK Twitter launch has gotten off to an exceedingly bad start". The Independent. Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  12. Volpicelli, Gian (6 February 2019). "How an army of farcical fakes ruined Turning Point UK's big day". Wired UK. ISSN 1357-0978. Retrieved 7 February 2019 – via www.wired.co.uk.
  13. "The battle over Britain's newest student movement". BBC News. 9 February 2019. Retrieved 9 February 2019.
  14. Brown, David (6 February 2019). "Right-wing student leader Charlie Kirk will tour UK universities". The Times. ISSN 0140-0460. Retrieved 6 February 2019.(subscription required)

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