Labour MP Jess Phillips confronts parents protesting LGBT lessons

Labour MP Jess Phillips confronts parents protesting LGBT lessons

Labour MP Jess Phillips speaking to protesters outside the Birmingham school

Monday, May 20, 2019

Labour MP Jess Phillips has confronted protesters outside a school in Birmingham after they took their children out of school to continue campaigning against the teaching of LGBT lessons.

The MP for Birmingham Yardley told the protesters outside the Anderton Park Primary School that she did not agree with the protest.

“I don’t agree that you can pick and choose which equality you can and can’t have,” she added.

“I’m afraid our equality laws protect us all.”

After the confrontation, Ms Phillips tweeted that the protests were “doing deep damage to the Muslim community and these protesters do not represent Birmingham."

Police attended the school on Monday after campaigners claimed around 600 pupils had been taken out of lessons.

The leader of Birmingham City Council, Ian Ward, said he would be seeking an order to stop the protests.

Mr Ward said: "This has to stop, I've asked council officers to see if we could use a Public Spaces Protection Order to counter these demonstrations.

"The people of this city - of all faiths and none - are better than this.

"There is no place in this city for intolerance and discrimination.

"The children at Anderton Park have a right to attend school without the daily disruption, and the protesters, many of whom don't even have children at the school, should back off."

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