Conservative MPs reacted with anger after the headmaster of a London school agreed to taken down the Union Jack flag after pupils staged a Black Lives Matter protest.
Pimlico Academy has been at the centre of a storm after pupils and teachers protested against the new headmaster’s ‘back to basics’ campaign. Changes included banning hairstyles that ‘block people’s view’ and hijabs that are ‘too colourful’. Students said this was discriminatory against Muslims and people with Afro hairstyles.
There has also been anger over a lack of recognition for Black Lives Matter, and alleged ‘transphobia’ when a transgender boy has been forced to do physical education with girls.
Bob Blackman, MP for Harrow East, said the situation was ‘bizarre and ridiculous’, adding: ‘It is totally unacceptable to have a position whereby the flag of our country is not allowed to fly above public buildings.’
Lee Anderson, MP for Ashfield, said: ‘At a time when we are trying our very best to bring the country together… it is very sad to see that this schools feels it appropriate not to support the Union flag.’