“Discriminatory” bank shuts Palestine Society’s account

first_imgCo-op bank closes Palestine Society’s bank account 19 clubs and societies co-release press statement condemning the “discriminatory action”, including five OUSU liberation campaigns and Wadham SU PSC has filed legal action under sections 13 and 29 of the Equality Act 2010 and has similarly called for members and supporters to move their funds away from Co-operative Bank accounts.They have said, “It appears that the decision was taken because of PSC’s support for Palestine. A decision based on active support of Palestinian causes – or on the nationality or religion of the Palestinian people – would be discriminatory. It is in the wider public interest to ensure that banks are held to account for their decision making processes; a bank cannot be above the law by virtue of its status.”A group of more than 15 Oxford student clubs and societies have condemned the bank’s actions. These include Rhodes Must Fall Oxford, the Oxford University Labour Club, the OUSU Women’s Campaign, the Oxford Students’ Jews for Justice for Palestinians and the Wadham College Student Union.A statement co-released by the groups reads, “We, the undersigned student clubs and societies at the University of Oxford, condemn in the strongest possible terms the discriminatory action taken by the Co-operative Bank against the Oxford Students’ Palestine Society, in closing their account. The bank has offered no transparent explanation, asserting that the Palestine Society, a university registered society, is ‘high risk’ and ‘no longer fit[s]’ within the Co-op’s ‘risk appetite’.“We view this as part of a process undertaken by the Co-operative Bank in the context of racist and discriminatory ‘counter-extremism’ measures, which has involved closing down the accounts of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign and over 20 Palestine Solidarity Campaign branches and Palestinian human rights groups across the UK.” Oxford University’s Students’ Palestine Society (Pal Soc) has revealed that its bank account had been closed by the Co-operative Bank.A statement released today claimed that there was “no reasonable justification for this action,” and that the bank’s stated reason for the account closure was that the society is “high risk” and “no longer fits within [the bank’s] risk appetite.”A spokesperson for Pal Soc wrote, “The closure of Pal Soc’s account is part of a recent broader attack on solidarity organisations advancing Palestinian human rights across the UK. The Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC), together with a further 20 grassroots organisations working for Palestine have also had their accounts closed by the Co-operative Bank. Pal Soc has therefore resolved to join the legal case launched by PSC against the Co-operative Bank on the grounds of discrimination. PSC and its legal team believe the Bank’s actions are discriminatory and contravene the Equality Act 2010.”They further called for “all Oxford University student societies, JCRs, MCRs, individual faculty, staff, and students, as well as all College and University bodies to show their solidarity by withdrawing their bank accounts from Co-op, and until such time as the bank accounts of all those grassroots and civic rights associations working for Palestine in the UK are reopened.”Student societies including @OxUniLabour and @RMF_Oxford in solidarity w PalSoc against @CoopBankUK account closure: https://t.co/gentCCYCyp— Oxford PalSoc (@PalSocOxford) December 11, 2015center_img Society to join Palestine Solidarity Campaign in legal action against the bank A group of students are preparing an SU motion to close our @CoopBankUK charities account after they shut down Oxford PalSoc’s #NotMyCoOp— Wadham SU (@WadhamSU) December 11, 2015But a representative for The Co-operative Bank explained that the closure was entirely a reflection of its legal obligations.She told Cherwell, “I would like to reassure you that this is not a reflection on the work carried out by many of our customers throughout the world, or a statement about the causes they support. We remain a committed supporter of many charities which can meet the industry level requirements.“In common with all banks, we have to perform due diligence on our customers, their accounts and the payments they make to ensure the Bank complies with anti-money laundering obligations and to manage the Bank’s risk. This is part of our normal banking processes and is an area where the Bank has made some changes recently to bring it into line with the industry generally. You may have seen in the press recently that there can be significant financial penalties when banks do not have adequate controls in place so these changes are timely and appropriate.“For customers who operate in, or send money to, high risk locations throughout the world, advanced due diligence checks are required by all banks to ensure the funds do not inadvertently fund alleged or proscribed activities. Depending on the particular circumstances it may not be possible for us to complete these checks to our satisfaction and the decision to close a number of accounts (including the PSC and some of its affiliates) is an inevitable result of this process. Unfortunately, after quite extensive research, the charities involved did not meet our requirements or, in our view, allow us to fulfil our obligations.“I would emphasise this is not a political or discriminatory decision but one based on our obligations. Clearly we have to meet our legal and regulatory requirements and we believe in the round our decision is consistent with our ethical policy. Our position has been discussed with and has the support of the Values and Ethics Committee which noted this is primarily a matter of adhering to banking regulations. I would also like to emphasise that these decisions have been made by the Bank’s management and have not been influenced by external agencies or our shareholders.“This does not mean that we cannot or will not facilitate humanitarian, educational, medical and human rights donations to the Gaza region. Many well known, national, registered charities do excellent work in these fields in Gaza and elsewhere and we make regular donations to some of these organisations through our current account and credit cards.”last_img read more

Alexandre Lacazette wants more creativity from Arsenal after win over Huddersfield

first_img Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 9 Feb 2019 7:26 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link869Shares Comment (Picture: Getty)‘We knew today was going to be hard but we are happy with the three points in the race at the top of the table,’ he said.‘We knew we had the quality to win today, it’s about us and we did that.’MORE: Unai Emery insists Arsenal working towards clean sheets away from home Lacazette scored one of Arsenal’s goals (Picture: Getty)Alexandre Lacazette admitted Arsenal should have scored more than two goals in their win over Huddersfield.The Saturday afternoon clash saw Arsenal pick up their first away win in the Premier League since November, but Huddersfield caused a late scare with an injury-time goal.Arsenal have struggled on the road this season, with costly defeats and draws away from home seriously denting the Gunners’ top four hopes. Lacazette’s goal turned out to be the difference (Picture: Getty)Lacazette was on the scoresheet for Arsenal, but conceded the Gunners need to make more chances.ADVERTISEMENTHe said: ‘Yes, I think we should have had more situations to score more goals, but we played against a strong team today in the second half.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘We were in a difficult moment so these three points are good for us.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityWhile Arsenal scored twice, Huddersfield fired off 15 shots to the Londoner’s nine and had more efforts on target than the Gunners.Huddersfield created two clear-cut chances, the same as Arsenal, and couldn’t captilise with the lion’s share of the possession.Lacazette admitted the away win drought was playing on Arsenal’s mind, but the striker insisted it was a tough encounter with the Terriers.center_img Alexandre Lacazette wants more creativity from Arsenal after win over Huddersfield Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

DCMS appoints ‘Boris Man’ Nigel Adams as new UK Sports Minister

first_imgShare Related Articles Submit Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 Share UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 StumbleUpon UK gambling sees its third ministerial leadership change in less than nine months, as the government confirms the appointment of Nigel Adams MP for Selby & Ainsty (North Yorkshire) as new ‘Minister of State for Digital & Sports’.Working for DCMS, Adams will replace current incumbent Mims Davies who was appointed as UK Sports & Civic Society Minister last November, replacing Tracey Crouch who resigned from the position following the government’s delay on implementing FOBTs £2 reductions.In his remit, Adams will further replace outgoing Digital Minister Margot James, who has chosen not to serve PM Boris Johnson’s administration over its perceived support of a ‘No Deal Brexit’.This morning, Mims Davies tweeted her support Nigel Adams appointment, confirming that she had taken a position at the Department for Work and Pensions.Undertaking UK politics biggest ever cabinet reshuffle, last week the office of PM Johnson confirmed the appointment of Nicky Morgan as Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS).Moving forward, a new DCMS team will oversee the regulatory development, implementation and oversight of gambling laws formed by the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC).Adams is described as Boris Johnson stalwart, who quit his former position as under-secretary of state for Wales in protest of Theresa May’s Brexit talks with Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the opposition.As UK digital minister, Adams is expected to detail further insight on the Conservative government’s business pledge to deliver 100% fibre broadband for all UK citizens by 2025. UKGC hails ‘delivered efficiencies’ of its revamped licence maintenance service  August 20, 2020last_img read more