Journalist, Milo Yiannopoulos has lost the election for Glasgow University rector in a landslide defeat to human rights lawyer Aamer Anwar.
According to The Glasgow Guardian, despite the support of a vocal student faction on campus, former Breitbart News editor Yiannopoulos took just 533 of 8,210 student votes for the role of rector.
4,458 of the students who voted opted for campaigner Anwar to become rector – an honorary role that represents the entire student body – praising him as “principled”, “hard-working” and “loyal”.
The lawyer’s election as rector comes after a heated campaign followed the nomination of Yiannopoulos, the so-called “darling of the alt-right”.
More than 3,500 people signed a petition demanding Yiannopoulos was removed from the ballot on the grounds he spreads “hate and violence”.
However, other students set up a group in support of the 32-year-old, saying his election would symbolise the end of an “intolerant, authoritarian” attitude on campus.
Yiannopoulos sparked further controversy when pledging he would outlaw the university’s Muslim Student’s Assocation if he was elected in order to “protect” LGBT students on campus.
Anwar – who will hold the role of rector for the next three years – said in a blog on The Huffington Post UK: “Milo Yiannopoulos is a vicious troll, who has built a lucrative career by playing the victim under the guise of being a free speech advocate.”
In the post written last week, he added: “As a nominee for the position of rector and alumni I am proud that my university has never welcomed such views and am confident this will always remain an institution that is diverse and inclusive and safe for people from all walks of life once Milo has crawled back to his Alt-Reich gutter if they will still have him.”