Bob Lambert resigns as University lecturer over spying controversy
Dr Lambert steps down in the wake of growing calls for him to be sacked over the controversy surrounding his involvement in undercover police operations in the 1980’s.
It has been announced that Bob Lambert, the former police spy and current University of St Andrews lecturer who has been the subject of controversy over his actions while in the police, will resign.
In a statement from the University it was announced that Dr Lambert’s resignation will take effect from the end of the current term.
Exposed as a high ranking undercover police officer in 2011, Dr Lambert has been accused of using his position to pursue sexual relationships with women who were also his targets.
Posing as an animal rights activist from 1983 to 1988, Dr Lambert fathered a son with an unsuspecting woman before abandoning them. The woman in question, who has referred to experience as “state rape” subsequently received £400,000 in compensation from the Metropolitan Police.
Dr Lambert was also accused of engaging in another long term relationship with a woman in order to lend “credence” to his undercover persona.
Dr Lambert has also been accused of involvement in many of the Animal Liberation Front’s activities, including setting fire to a Debenhams.
A recipient of an MBE for his services to the police, Dr Lambert has also faced allegations that he appeared in court under the name of his undercover identity, Bob Robinson, rather than his real name.
In an interview with Channel 4 in 2013, Dr Lambert admitted that he had been “cruel” in pursuing relationships with women in activist groups that he was targeting.
Campaigners, including journalist George Monbiot, had recently renewed calls for Mr Lambert to be sacked from his position, publishing an open letter condemning him as “supremely unsuitable for teaching and shaping the thoughts of others”.
They also accused him of “years of deliberate, strategic abuse of citizens and undermining of legitimate campaigns”.
The resignation comes as a judicial inquiry into undercover policing is about to begin.
The University has consistently resisted calls to sack him and stated that his teaching was highly valued by his students.
Professor Louise Richardson, the outgoing Principal of the University, also spoke to The Saint about the controversy.
“When Bob Lambert was hired here he made clear that he had been an undercover police officer and he made no effort to disguise that. So he was hired by the University in full knowledge of that. And I think hiring people who have had real world experience in an institution which is teaching counter terrorism in entirely legitimate.
In my position I’m not going to get involved in what people do privately whoever they are, so I think the University were legitimate to hire him and I think it has been reasonable for us to keep him. Students have appreciated his lectures, have learned from him. So I really don’t have anything to add to that saga.”
Dr Lambert also resigned from his position as a lecturer as London Metropolitan University earlier this month.