MP Roger Godsiff

Some parents’ reaction to a row over LGBT teaching has been “increasingly bitter and polarised”, an MP has said.

Roger Godsiff, whose Birmingham constituency covers one of the schools involved, spoke during a Commons debate on the issue.

He applauded what he said were 256 schools in the city which had “got the teaching right”, while two schools seemed to have “gone very wrong”.

“Parents were entirely excluded” from consultation on the teaching, he said.

The row, sparked by storybooks featuring different families, has caused protests outside schools in Birmingham since January.

Mr Godsiff has previously supported protesters outside the school gates.

The Labour MP for Hall Green was given a warning by Labour’s chief whip, Nick Brown, on 14 June not to repeat his support for the protesters outside Anderton Park Primary School.

They argue that pupils are “too young” to learn about LGBT relationships, which they also say contradict Islam.

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