'Urban activist' Trenton Oldfield wins deportation appeal

Founder of This Is Not A Gateway, who was arrested and jailed for disrupting the Oxford v Cambridge boat race wins right to stay in UK


Trenton Oldfield, the activist and founder of This Is Not A Gateway, who was jailed for six months earlier this year for swimming out in front of the Oxford v Cambridge boat race, has won his appeal to stay in the UK.

The decision, announced on Monday, reverses a ruling by home secretary Theresa May that Oldfield, who is married to a British woman, should be sent back to his native Australia.

Last year, Oldfield was arrested for disrupting the annual boat race held by the universities of Cambridge and Oxford.

He said his intention was to highlight the injustice of growing inequalities, being presided over by a government cabinet dominated by Oxbridge graduates.

Oldfield was subsequently jailed and held at both HMP Wormwood Scrubs and HMP Pentonville, both in London.

Blueprint printed an exclusive Letter from HMP Pentonville in our January 2012 issue, republished in full below. Oldfield has since decided to release a book of his prison writings: The Queen Vs Trenton Oldfield: A Prison Diary is now available from Myrdle Court Press

Click here to read Oldfield's letter from Wormwood Scrubs.

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