A Labour MP with the courage of his convictions!

This weeks Report Stage and Third Reading of the CSF Bill was something of a drag for HE families. Though the removal of the offensive Clause 26 was due to be debated, other things took priority. In the end it was not until the Third Reading that it was mentioned. Whilst Vernon Coaker wanted to avoid the topic, Lembit Öpik had other ideas. Conservative and Lib Dem spokesmen were very clear in their criticisms, but the star of this very brief exchange was a Labour back-bencher! Unlike other colleagues from his party David Drew (Stroud) went on record as voting against the whole bill because of his concerns over the way home educators are being denied having their concerns properly debated! Unfortunately, he was interrupted by Mr Speaker when the clock reached the hour mark.

To be fair to Mr Drew, he made clear he may not agree with every home educator he has met, but he still spoke out on our behalf.

More details and videos of the Third Reading can be found on this page.

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