The ongoing saga of King's President Chris Mullan took a new twist last week, as he was apparently removed from his post by King's College London. Mullan, elected with 648 votes, appears to have been dismissed outside the KCLSU disciplinary procedure. The trustee board - made up of eight students (including the sabbatical team) and four non-students - were considering whether he had broken the trustee Code of Conduct and should subsequently be removed from his post. The Afro-Caribbean Society were also planning to bring a no-confidence via a petition for a general meeting if the trustee board did not remove him. A petition is circulating, although ACS claims it is not their petition - there have been allegations of people being bullied into signing it.
Mr Mullan has told Live! that he has effectively been dismissed by the College, rather than the Students' Union, something which will cause alarm to those who support students' rights to choose their own President. It is believed that the King's College London communications department had a hand in the pressure to remove Mullan, following unfavourable press coverage (which ultimately proved to be mostly a fabrication).
Although many of those who thought Mr Mullan should be removed are strong supporters of student democracy, they have as yet shown no objections to the manner in which he was removed. King's students will not now get a chance to hear their President defend himself, nor to decide for themselves if he is fit to continue in his role.
The original complaint which sparked Mr Mullan's problems was not upheld by the NUS, however this has not been accepted by the NUS Black Students' Officer or other protest groups. A recent debate on free education at SOAS saw protesters disrupt the event and demand the resignation of NUS President Wes Streeting, for overseeing 'institutional racism' by concluding that the (former) King's President was not a racist.