Calvin Robinson told ITV’s Good Morning Britain that the Commonwealth should be celebrated. The GMB panelist also defended Queen Elizabeth II and her importance to British history. The debate became fiery at a point, with GMB host Richard Madeley noting the “grown-ups” were bemused at the students holding a vote on the removal of the portrait.
Mr Robinson said: “The commonwealth is a union of choice, it is nations that have opted to remain together for strength and unity.
“That is a thing to be celebrated.
“What this is, is a load of students being woke.”
He added: “Put her back in her rightful place.”
The President of Magdalen College stated the students involved in the decision “do not represent the college”.
Dinah Rose QC tweeted: “Here are some facts about Magdalen College and HM the Queen. The Middle Common Room is an organisation of graduate students. They don’t represent the College.
“A few years ago, in about 2013, they bought a print of a photo of the Queen to decorate their common room.
“They recently voted to take it down.
“Both of these decisions are their own to take, not the College’s.
“Magdalen strongly supports free speech and political debate, and the MCR’S right to autonomy.”
She added: “Maybe they’ll vote to put it up again, maybe they won’t.
“Meanwhile, the photo will be safely stored.”