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MP faces party rebuke over LGBT school row comments

A LABOUR MP is to be reprimanded by the party for backing campaigners protesting against LGBT teaching at a Birmingham primary school.

Roger Godsiff said parents involved in demonstrations had ‘just cause’ and criticised the headteacher.

His dressing-down comes after shadow education secretary Angela Rayner reported the ‘discriminatory and irresponsible’ comments to chief whip Nick Brown.

A party spokesman said: ‘Labour has long supported and campaigned for LGBT inclusive education. There is not only a moral imperative, there is also a legal requirement and schools must comply with the Equalities Act. Roger Godsiff will be spoken to by the chief whip and reminded of his responsibilities.’

Labour’s LGBT group accused Mr Godsiff (pictured), MP for Birmingham Hall Green, of ‘pandering to bigotry’ and called for the whip to be removed.

After weeks of protests at Anderton Park school, the council successfully applied for a High Court interim injunction, which is in place banning the protests outside the gates. The demonstrators claim the teaching is ‘over-emphasising a gay ethos’.

Headteacher Sarah Hewitt-Clarkson said the demonstrations have been ‘toxic and nasty’.