Dame Barbara Stocking postpones Union visit

Beatrice McCartney 12 February 2018

The Union has announced today that Dame Barbara Stocking’s visit has been temporarily postponed in light of the recent media attention surrounding her time at Oxfam.

Stocking, president of Murray Edwards, has become the centre of a media storm due to her position as the CEO of Oxfam at a time when senior staff reportedly exploited young girls for sex in Haiti. Stocking has been accused of covering up her staff’s misconduct in order to maintain the reputation of the charity.

In a post on Facebook, the Union said "with considerable media attention surround Dame Barbara's time at Oxfam, her and her team have decided that now is not the best time for her to visit the Union." They also said that they "look forward to announcing a new date soon".

The Union has suffered a string of cancellations, with both Orlando Bloom and Mike Flynn cancelling their visits at short notice earlier this year.