Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more


  • Comment
By LGCnet political correspondent Robert Hedley ...
By LGCnet political correspondent Robert Hedley

Barry Sherman, Labour MP for Huddersfield and chairman of the education select committee, said many MPs were concerned about some of the changes in their communities since last summer [when there were race riots in some northern towns] and since 11 September.

He welcomed recent government initiatives but asked education minister Ivan Lewis to meet a group from particular constituencies to talk about the 'serious concerns that we a picking up at constituency level about race relations between pupils'.

The minister said he welcomed such a meeting.

'It is important to stress that members of parliament have an important leadership role, as do local councillors, in tackling these issues and getting to grips with them at any early stage - rather than avoiding or denying them - and being a force for good in their communities'.

Earlier, Graham Brady, Conservative MP for Altrincham and Sale West, said both sides of the commons wanted good race relations in schools and, as the minister had accepted, the vast majority of schools already enjoyed harmonious race relations. He questioned whether it was really necessary to require all schools from next week to draft and publish a new race relations policy, and to require them to collect data and analyse pupil performance, admissions, discipline and exclusions by racial group.

For good, harmonious, well-led schools, this would be yet another unnecessary bureaucratic burden, and another diversion from the central priority of raising education standards for all children, he declared.

Hansard 23 May 2002: Column 373-375

  • Comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions.

Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.