Equality lessons row: Labour MP who backed LGBT lessons protests in fight to save seat

Equality lessons row: Labour MP who backed LGBT lessons protests in fight to save seat
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Posted on 3 Oct 2019

Labour Party members in the Birmingham Hall Green constituency of Roger Godsiff have triggered a selection contest that could bring to an end his career as an MP. The move follows Mr Godsiff’s decision earlier this year to support the protesters who were demonstrating against LGBT-relationships lessons being taught at Anderton Park, a primary school in his constituency. 


In a video in which he is seen with protest organiser Shakeel Afsar, Mr Godsiff said: “I think you have a just cause and I regret the fact that it hasn't been reciprocated by the head teacher.”

He continued: “I will continue to try and fight your corner because you're right.


“Nothing more, nothing less. You're right.”

In a letter to party activists which was published by the Birmingham MailMr Godsiff denied he was homophobic.


He wrote: "Unfortunately, some groups and individuals have deliberately misrepresented and misinterpreted my views and labelled myself, parents and anybody else who supports the 'age appropriate' ministerial guidance as homophobic and have pursued a campaign of character assassination through social media.

"I cannot do anything about that, but I make no apology for supporting the rights of parents, and while I have a great deal of respect for teachers, who have extremely demanding jobs, I do not accept that anyone of us are infallible and always right."

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