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Tory MP ‘offended’ by the idea of sex education being taught in schools

Joseph McCormick October 21, 2014

A Tory MP has argued that the idea of sex education in school “offended” him, and that it should not be taught in schools.

Philip Davies, the MP for Shipley, argued his point in the Commons as a bill was introduced which would make teaching about sex and relationships compulsory.

Mr Davies said: “I don’t want my children to have the teacher’s values instilled in them whether I like them or not, whether I support them or not. These are things that should be done by parents and parents alone.

“Teachers should be there to teach people about things that parents are not capable of teaching about, not the things that parents should be teaching about if they were doing their job properly.”

The Sex and Relationships Education (Curriculum) Bill, was introduced by Labour’s shadow home affairs minister Diana Johnson in a ten minute rule motion, who said the it was “about reinforcing good parenting, not replacing it”, and that it intended to protect children.

The bill specifically sets out that teachers must teach about consent, and healthy relationships. Ms Johnson’s office confirmed to PinkNews that her intention would be to have an inclusive sex education curriculum, which addressed issues faced by LGBT young people.

She said the government should not “stand back and hope” that parents would talk to their children about the subject.

More: Philip Davies, PSHE, sex education

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