Labour will lose by-election over disgraceful treatment of Batley Grammar School teacher
Currently it never rains but it pours on Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer. Even a victory has backfired on him.
Take the race to be the Mayor of West Yorkshire. It’s a new post and Tracy Brabin (you will know her from Coronation Street) fancied the job more than the one she was doing- Labour MP for Batley and Spens.
Unsurprisingly it was announced yesterday that she had won. However that means there will be a by-election in the constituency and since Ms Brabin only had a 3,000+ majority the possibility of Hartlepool-style upset is on the cards.
The issue that will be central to the by-election is the disgraceful treatment of a 29-year-old teacher at Batley Grammar school.
During a lesson he showed a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammad to the class having first warned the pupils that the image was controversial.
One of the children went home and told the Muslim parents. A group of muslim protesters then gathered outside the school demanding the teacher be sacked. Disgracefully the cowardly headmaster then suspended the teacher clearly not believing in free speech or the right for his teacher to use his judgment.
That was six weeks ago. There were so many threats the teacher and his family (a wife and four children) had to leave home and are today being protected by the police at an address so secret none of his relatives know it.
This is an absolute disgrace and the useless Brabin did nothing, repeat nothing, to reinstate that teacher. The reason; Her constituency is of mixed ethnic background. In some area there are 16% Pakistani muslims.
Brabin was scared that if she said anything they would not vote for her in the race for Mayor which includes Bradford, a massive muslim area.
Now she is gone Batley can show how appalled it is at the way Labour and the school have handled the teacher row. There will be more Batley in the years to come and Labour will be on the wrong side of every argument.
You should get to know your voters Starmer or you will be going the same way as Corbyn and Miliband.
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