A former Labour MP embroiled in the equality lessons row in Birmingham schools will stand as an Independent Labour candidate in the general election.
Roger Godsiff, who represented Birmingham Hall Green, was banned from standing by the party’s National Executive Committee earlier this week.
The ban came as a result of Mr Godsiff siding with parents and activitists who were demonstrating outside a school in his constituency, Anderton Park primary, against the teaching of lessons which included information about LGBT relationships.
In explaining his reason for standing as an Independent Labour candidate, Mr Godsiff said: "I have always put the interests of my constituents above everything else, and I don't succumb to threats. I have supported the rights of parents to have a say, not a veto, over how the most sensitive aspects of the Equality Act are taught to young children."
Commenting on being banned from standing by the Labour Party, he said that “a small, intolerant, vindictive group within the LGBT community” had carried out a “vicious and vindictive campaign of character assassination against me using social media and misinformation to stir up a witch-hunt”.
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