Thank you if you emailed your MP about the Academies Bill in response to an urgent appeal a few days ago, but it doesn’t look as though we’ve had much success. One of our members had an email from his MP, as follows:
Thank you for your email … and I note your concerns.
However, I have a different view to you on this matter and am a great advocate of faith schools.
I think you will find that there are safeguards for a balanced curriculum and I will not be tabling any amendments.
Dr Therese Coffey MP
The Academies Bill is being rushed through Parliament with undue haste to try to get it sorted before the summer recess, which starts on 27 July. Amendments tabled by Dr Julian Huppert MP, vice chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Humanist Group, would have prevented or restricted religious discrimination in the new Academiesâ€™ admissions policies.