Parents should be able to block their children from learning about same-sex relationships in school until the age of 16, Conservative leadership candidate Esther McVey has said.
Speaking to LBC‘s Nick Ferrari about the current controversy in Birmingham regarding the appropriacy of teaching LGBT lessons to children at primary school age, the former Secretary of State for Work & Pensions said: “I think, once the person is coming to an adult age, then that is where the state can come in. That would be later, it would be 16.
“Most parents will then think that is relevant as the child gets older, but this was purely about primary school children, and whether parents had the choice.
“If I had a child, I would have my child having those sex and relationship education lessons, but that would be my choice, and I do appreciate other people would have a different choice.”
McVey, who voted against same-sex marriage, denies pandering to homophobes: “I’m certainly not, never have been, never will be. Who I was appealing to was parents of children, who I believe know their children better than anybody else.
“It’s their child, they’ve brought this child into the world, and for very young children what is age-appropriate to me should be done by the parents.”
She added: “I’m happy that LGBT is taught… this question was about what is age appropriate for very young children, and I said it should be parents who have the say on that.”
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