The former Labour minister Angela Eagle gave a passionate LGBT speech during a Commons debate on Tuesday, in which she said ‘we aren’t going to get back in the closet’. Eagle was challenging those protesting against LGBT equality teaching in schools. Eagle, who was the first openly lesbian female MP when she came out in 1997, said such education is not ‘propagandising’ or about ‘trying to turn people gay’, but about respecting their rights to have an ‘equal welcome in school’ and not be bullied
Angela Eagle challenges those protesting against LGBT equality teaching during Commons debate
Former Labour minister Angela Eagle has insisted: “We aren’t going to get back in the closet,” as she challenged those protesting against LGBT equality teaching during a Commons debate.
Eagle, who was the first openly gay female MP when she came out in 1997, said such education is not “propagandising” or about “trying to turn people gay”, but about respecting their rights to have an “equal welcome in school” and not be bullied.
MP reported to party whip after he told Birmingham school demonstrators ‘you’re right’
The shadow education secretary, Angela Rayner, said she had reported fellow Labour MP Roger Godsiff to the party’s chief whip over comments about LGBT teaching in schools, as other party colleagues criticised him for saying “you’re right” to protesters against such teaching at a Birmingham primary school.
“This might be the personal views of Mr Roger Godsiff but they do not represent the Labour Party & are discriminatory & irresponsible,” Rayner wrote on Twitter.