Former UK Cabinet Member Speaks up about Parent Rights

Former Cabinet minister Esther McVey has come under fire for backing the right of parents to withdraw their children from Relationships Education at primary school.

Speaking to Sky News, the Conservative party leadership candidate said that with young children, “parents need to have the final say”.

The Government’s controversial plans, set to come into force in September 2020, encourage schools to teach primary-aged children about “different kinds” of relationships, with no parental opt-out.

Parental withdrawal

In her interview, McVey, the former Work and Pensions Secretary, was challenged over the Government’s response to protests by parents and LGBT activists outside Anderton Park School in Birmingham.

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