Cambridge Union suffers another setback as two more speakers cancel

Juliette Bretan 28 January 2018

The Cambridge Union has yet again had to change its speaker line-up as Orlando Bloom and Mike Flynn have pulled out of speaking at the Union at short notice. Bloom, who was due to speak at the Union this weekend, will no longer be visiting the Union due to scheduling conflicts. Mike Flynn, the former National Security Advisor to US President Donald Trump, has had to cancel international travel due to the Russia investigation in the US.

In a press statement released earlier, the Union stated that Flynn ‘hopes to visit Cambridge in May’, when he is expected to be able to ‘speak more freely’. He is to be replaced by Roger Stone, a political lobbyist and Trump supporter. Stone, who got his start in politics as a student on former President Nixon’s Committee to Re-elect the President, is known in the American political world as a ‘dirty trickster’, a title he himself embraces.

The Union has yet to comment on whether Bloom will be returning to speak later this term. The actor, who is currently filming for the role of Rycroft Philostrate in upcoming TV series Carnival Row, is most famously known for his roles in the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, as well as the series of Pirates of the Caribbean films. A UNICEF goodwill ambassador, the Union term-card claims that ‘he remains one of the busiest and most wanted actors in the film and television industry’.

This announcement comes barely ten days after Pelé, the Brazilian footballer, was forced to cancel his Union visit due to health concerns after collapsing from exhaustion. This means that all three of the Union’s biggest draws for this term will now no longer appear. This week’s other speaker, Jayne-Anne Gadhia CBE, CEO of Virgin Money, is still scheduled to run as planned.