Day: February 18, 2019

French Schools To Ban The Use Of Mum And Dad In Favour Of Parent1 Or Parent2

The words ‘mother’ and ‘father’ couple be replaced by ‘Parent 1′ and Parent 2’ in all French schools.

The French government has started the legal process to make the change in a bid to avoid offending same-sex parents.

However the move, which would see mum and dad removed from all school forms, has angered many people.

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Valérie Petit, who tabled the amendment to the Schools of Trust law, said: “No one should feel excluded from this society by backward thinking.”

The new phrases would appear on school forms.

Other MPs agreed with the change and it passed its first reading last week, reports Mail Online .

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French schools want to ban the traditional mum and dad saying it offends same sex parents

This paves the way for it to be made law, and it is expected to pass the second reading tomorrow.

The amendment reads: “To prevent discrimination, school enrollment, class registers, parental authorisations and all other official forms involving children must mention only Parent 1 and Parent 2.”

However the idea has angered many, with education minister Jean-Michel Blanquer saying it was a legislative overreach.

Alexandre Urwicz, President of the Association of Homo-parental Families, told local news outlets: “At first, we welcomed the amendment because, technically, it allows our families to be included in forms that previously did not allow it.”

 

**Hope they won’t bring that nonsense to the UK

Chuka Umunna, 6 Other MPs Resign From Labour Party Over Anti-semitism Row, Bullying And Corbyn’s Handling Of Brexit

In a shock development this morning, the former Shadow Business Secretary and MP for Streatham, along with 6 other Labour MPs announced his resignation from the party citing the party leadership’s failures over Brexit, anti-Semitism and a culture of bullying in the party which had left them no choice.

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The group of lawmakers, calling themselves “The Independent Group”, included Chuka Umunna, who had at one point been seen as a future leadership candidate, and Luciana Berger, who has been outspoken about the party’s approach to anti-Semitism. Berger, who is Jewish and eight months pregnant, faced a no confidence vote from her own Labour branch.

British born Nigerian Chuka Umunna who has been the Labour lawmaker for Streatham in South London since 2010, has called for other MPs to join them and the group will have their first formal meeting in the coming days.

“It is time we dumped this country’s old-fashioned politics and created an alternative that does justice to who we are today” He said.

In his statement after announcing his resignation, Chuka said on his Twitter wall “I became a political activist to serve my community and to change the country for the better. My decision today – which has been painful and difficult – is rooted in the values and principles which I have always held”

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said he was disappointed in their decision to leave the party.

Vowing to ‘change politics’, the new ‘Independent Group’ of MPs – drawn from different generations of Labour – also includes Chris Leslie, Angela Smith, Gavin Shuker, Ann Coffey and Mike Gapes.  They accused Mr Corbyn of turning Labour into a racist party that weakens national security, accepts the ‘narrative’ of Britain’s enemies and lashed him for facilitating Brexit.

Defections would be biggest split since four senior figures left party in 1980s to form SDP.

Man Wanted For Indecently Targetting And Assaulting Teenage Girls At Stratford Westfield Shopping Centre

Detectives in Newham are appealing for help from the public to identify a man wanted for questioning in connection with a series of sexual assaults on teenage girls in Westfield Stratford.

The first incident happened on the 7, July 2018. The suspect has followed the 15-year-old girl around the shopping centre before sexually assaulting her over their clothing.

The second incident was on the 8, July 2018. The suspect has followed the victim a 15-year-old girl and then approaches her and indecently touches her over the victims clothing.

The third offence was on the 21, July 2018. The suspect has followed the victim, an 18-year-old woman around the shopping centre before sexually assaulting her over their clothing.

None of the victims required medical treatment but were distressed at being targeted, followed and sexually assaulted by the suspect.

DC Paul Newton from Newham CID is leading the investigation. He said: “This was a hideous set of sexual assaults on young girls out enjoying a day in the shopping centre. The suspect has deliberately targeted women alone and has gone to some length to pursue them. If you know who he is or have also been a victim, I would urge you to get in touch.”

Anyone with information concerning the identity of the man pictured is asked to call police via 07564 613 966 or Crimestoppers via 0800 555 111.

You can also tweet police via @MetCC