Under-fire Labour MP Roger Godsiff is maintaining the stance he’s taken regarding the teaching of equality lessons in Birmingham’s Anderton Park school.
Speaking in a Commons debate today, he said the protesters who were demonstrating against the lessons were “mostly young mothers who have done nothing wrong other than be good mothers who want to express concerns about what their children are telling them”.
Mr Godsiff, who has been supportive of the protesters in their row with the school and its head teacher, Sarah Hewitt -Clarkson, said: “... I came to the conclusion that the parents that were protesting had some valid reasons for doing so, as the head teacher seemed totally unwilling to have meetings with parents to address their concerns and seek a comprise way of resolving the conflict.”
The MP was further critical of Hewitt-Clarkson with regard to the content of some of her tweets. He said: “To call parents who are participating in highly organised police-supervised protests a 'mob' which needs to be 'sorted'; which accuses Muslim parents, mostly young women, of 'homophobic hatred'... I don't think that is helpful in reducing tension.”
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