Oligarch who funded school of government says he gave to Trump inauguration and not election campaign, but Bo Rothstein says it counts as ‘irresponsible’ backing

A leading political academic has resigned from his Oxford University post after he claimed that one of the university’s main patrons is also one of Donald Trump’s biggest financial backers.

Bo Rothstein was a professor of government and public policy at the Blavatnik school of government, named after the Ukrainian-born billionaire Leonard Blavatnik, who gave the university £75m to set up the school.

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