Equality lessons row: Politicians afraid to confront religious communities, says Brum MP

Equality lessons row: Politicians afraid to confront religious communities, says Brum MP
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Posted on 23 Aug 2019

Birmingham Yardley MP Jess Phillips has once again spoken out about the LGBT lessons row which has been engulfing two of the city’s schools.


Speaking to fellow Brummie, comedian Joe Lycett, at the Edinburgh TV Festival, Ms Phillips said that she felt politicians were afraid to confront religious communities: “People are really anxious about standing up against religious communities and feel that you have to triangulate and play the percentages.

“The reality is there is right and wrong in this situation. One is bigoted.”


Ms Phillips’ comments come just two weeks before children return to school for the autumn term. 

One of the two Birmingham schools at the centre of the row over the teaching of LGBT lessons, Parkfield primary, has said it will be restarting its No Outsiders programme in the new academic year. No Outsiders is an initiative originated by the school’s gay assistant head teacher, Andrew Moffat, which includes lessons about LGBT relationships. 


The programme had been suspended while the school held consultation meetings with outraged parents, the majority of whom were Muslim and felt the lessons to be at odds with their faith and not age-appropriate.

Despite the consultations and the programme being modified, parents and activists have continued to complain about No Outsiders, with Parkfield and the city council bracing themselves for further protests outside the school when the new term begins. 

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