Rt Hon Lord Lilley

    Conservatives in Parliament have successfully voted down Labour and Liberal Democrat plans to abolish ?Section 28?. This law prevents taxpayers? money being spent on promoting homosexuality to children in local authority schools.

    Peter Lilley, MP for Hitchin and Harpenden, said: “This is a victory for common sense that will be welcomed by the mainstream majority of parents across Hitchin and Harpenden. Conservatives have voted to keep this important protection for our children; it prevents taxpayers? money being wasted by teaching homosexuality in our schools.

    “I am sure the vast majority of teachers locally would not wish deliberately to promote homosexuality so they are unaffected by this measure. But Labour and the Liberal Democrats in Hitchin and Harpenden are still committed to forcing the repeal of Section 28. They want funds for education to be spent on pursuing a politically correct minority agenda; by contrast, Conservatives want to see it spent on teaching proper lessons ? like reading, writing and arithmetic.

    “The government should be spending its time on concentrating on solving the real issues that matter to people locally ? like record petrol taxes, deteriorating health care in some local hospitals and their plan to build houses on the Green Belt.