Nadhim Zahawi hounded off university campus after being branded 'notorious transphobe'

The Education Secretary was ushered away by guards at Warwick University after he was mobbed by student protestors

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Transgender activists mobbed Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi accusing him of "inciting hatred" during a visit to the University of Warwick on Friday.

The cabinet minister was escorted away by university security in chaotic scenes, as he was followed by student activists wielding transgender flags and placards.

Activists chanted "Zahawi is a transphobe" and "Tory scum" after the cabinet minister defined women as "adult human females" addressing the Labour Party's speculation over whether a woman can have a penis.

Cabinet minister Mr Zahawi faced backlash after calling women "adult human females".
Cabinet minister Mr Zahawi faced backlash after calling women "adult human females".

Protestors faced a blockade by security as they tried to pursue Mr Zahawi out of the campus building to his car, The Telegraph reported.

Mr Zahawi had been partaking in an event organised by the University of Warwicks Conservative Association on Friday.

It has been reported that he discussed "the future of our education system" in addition to incorporating more young people into the party.

Mr Zahawi attended an event run by the University of Warwick Conservative Association.
Mr Zahawi attended an event run by the University of Warwick Conservative Association.

Prior to the event, Warwick Pride, the university's LGBTQUIA+ association, published an open letter, acknowledging how some of the society's members planned to attend the event with "trans flags and the intention to ask Zahawi questions concerning the rights of trans people in the UK".

Protestors brandished the transgender flag whilst shouting "tory scum" at Mr Zahawi
Protestors brandished the transgender flag whilst shouting "tory scum" at Mr Zahawi

The statement continued, adding: "Given that transphobia is omnipresent in society, it is imperative for the mental well-being of trans students that the university make itself clear that it is indeed supportive of transgender individuals, and that reactionary harmful transphobic rhetoric will not go unopposed,' it said in a statement. Trans rights are simply not up for debate, they are non-negotiable".

The society condemned the talk claiming it "clearly violates SU by-laws on Equality and Diversity".

"We cannot fault the SU for its inaction regarding our complaint about this event", they added.

"Nadhim Zahawi being a government minister clearly puts them in a complex position if they were to cancel the external speaker event. However the notion that Zahawi does not incite hatred is ludicrous at best".

Prior to the mobbing of Mr Zahawi, the society announced it does not condone or promote any violent behaviour.