Cambridge University Emeritus Professor Robert Tombs says many of the narratives espoused by left-wing activists about historical figures are “simply fake” and he has launched a plan to combat them.

Some of the world’s most distinguished historians, including Andrew Roberts and Nigel Biggar have joined forces to found History Reclaimed, an initiative designed to call out misleading narratives about historical figures.

“A lot of us were concerned that things were being said that were clearly not true, and that these things were very damaging,” Professor Tombs told Sky News host Peta Credlin.

“If people are told that the whole history of their country is shameful, that it’s based on genocide … racism and exploitation – then what are they going to think is worth defending?”

“So I thought, well, let’s try and get some people together and not say that our history is perfect, because no history is, but to say that some of these stories, some of these things are simply not true.”

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