Labour MP Roger Godsiff has drawn criticism for siding with the anti-LGBT+ protestors in Birmingham.
Godsiff met with the protestors on Friday 7 June in a series of published videos to YouTube.
“You’ve made your point,”Godsiff said to the leader of the protests, Shakeel Afsar (a man who doesn’t even have any children to attend the schools in question).
“I would like you to consider calling the protests off, but that’s your choice. But I will continue to fight your corner because you’re right. Nothing more, nothing less. You’re right on this one.
“I’m sorry the situation is where it is,” Godsiff added. “I will continue to try and bring a resolution to this dispute, and ensure that schools teach the Equality Act is being taught in the same way as all the other primary schools where there isn’t a row.
“I’m not just a mouthpiece. I think I’m a fair-minded person who will listen to all sides of the argument and then I’ll make a decision and I’ll justify that. Whether people agree or disagree is their right.”
British politician Wes Streeting took to Twitter to call out Godsiff: “This made me feel sick to my stomach,” he wrore. “One of my own Labour colleagues stood with people who have peddled hatred and bigotry on school gates, intimidating pupils, teachers and parents.
“800 young people in his city have called Childline – some suicidal.”
Adding in another tweet, he wrote, “I will be making a formal complaint to the Labour Party about Roger Godsiff and raising his conduct at the LGBT Labour AGM today. If he was a Tory MP, we’d be all over it. There must be no place for hatred and apologists in the Labour Party.”