Labour whip to rebuke MP who backed school protest in Birmingham

Jun 10, 2019 by

by Josh Halliday, Guardian:

Roger Godsiff had told parents they were right to demonstrate against LGBT lessons.

A Labour MP will be rebuked by the party’s chief whip for telling campaigners they are right to protest against LGBT teaching at a Birmingham primary school.

Roger Godsiff, the MP for the city’s Hall Green constituency, which includes Anderton Park Primary school, also told protesters they had a “just cause” and criticised the headteacher.

The shadow education secretary, Angela Rayner, said she had reported the “discriminatory and irresponsible” comments to the chief whip, Nick Brown, as Godsiff was criticised by a number of Labour MPs.

A Labour spokesman said the party had long supported and campaigned for LGBT-inclusive education in schools and there was “no justifiable reason” to stop teaching about such topics.

“Roger Godsiff will be spoken to by the chief whip and reminded of his responsibilities as an MP,” he said.

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