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Political Neutrality in Schools

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 10:59 am on 10th March 2020.

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Photo of Ruth Cadbury Ruth Cadbury Labour, Brentford and Isleworth 10:59 am, 10th March 2020

I am listening with care to the hon. Member. I absolutely agree that children, and particularly seven-year-olds, should not be subjected to the kind of language and approach that Stormzy was reported to have used, but is it not true that guest speakers who come into schools can be expected to be asked their political views? Certainly, whenever I go into schools I am asked what I think of the Prime Minister, of Brexit, of plastic and of climate change, and whether I have ever met the Queen. Is not the issue more about the appropriateness of the speaker’s response and the respect they give to the children and staff in the school than about their political position?