Tory MP causes ‘uproar’ at school by telling pupils she doesn’t support BLM by Abigail O’Leary

Jackie Doyle Price was speaking to children at the Harris Academy in Grays
Jackie Doyle Price was speaking to children at the Harris Academy in Grays (Image: Richard Townshend Photography)

EXCLUSIVE Jackie Doyle-Price, MP for Thurrock, visited Harris Academy in Ockendon where she addressed the secondary school pupils, with one reportedly asking her a question about her views on BLM and taking the knee

A Conservative MP was reportedly asked to leave a school after telling pupils she refused to support the Black Lives Matter cause or take the knee.

Jackie Doyle-Price, MP for Thurrock, had visited Harris Academy in Ockendon where she addressed the secondary school pupils.

However, according to one parent and some pupils in the school, the MP caused “uproar” when she revealed her refusal to support BLM causes.

She also allegedly explained why she did not support the taking of the knee – with one pupil claiming the MP branded it a “Marxist idea” that contributed to the defunding of the police.

Jackie Doyle Price was speaking to children at the Harris Academy in Grays
Jackie Doyle Price was speaking to children at the Harris Academy in Grays

One parent of a year nine pupil at the school said the incident occurred during a school assembly address.

The mum, who wishes to remain anonymous, said: “It was part of a question and answer session with the children – half of who are black – and there was a question from someone who asked what do you think of Black Lives Matter and she said she didn’t believe in it.

“She also said she doesn’t support taking the knee because it defunds the police.

“The kids were in uproar. They had to be sent back to their room and she was asked to leave.

Jackie Doyle Price is MP for Thurrock
Jackie Doyle Price is MP for Thurrock (Image: ParliamentLive)

“My son was in disbelief. Children are so impressionable and then you have Boris out there talking about stamping out racism.

“It’s Hypocrisy seeing as Boris has been on TV every day recently bleating about racism.”

A student from the school also took to Twitter, writing: “Jackie Doyle Price came to my school today. 

England players take the knee in their Euros match against Scotland
England players take the knee in their Euros match against Scotland (Image: Getty Images)

“She told us she didn’t believe in the Black Lives Matter organisation because of the defunding of the police and that it was a Marxist idea.”

The Mirror has contacted Jackie Doyle-Price’s office and Harris Academy for comment.

One parent of a year nine pupil at the school said the incident occurred during a school assembly address
One parent of a year nine pupil at the school said the incident occurred during a school assembly address(Image: Getty Images)

It comes after Priti Patel said she “didn’t support people participating in taking the knee – referring to the act “gesture politics” .

Patel was later branded a hypocrite after tweeting her support for England following their win against Denmark days later- despite saying fans had the right to boo players taking the knee.

Patel was later branded a hypocrite after tweeting her support for England following their win against Denmark days later
Patel was later branded a hypocrite after tweeting her support for England following their win against Denmark days later (Image: PRU/AFP via Getty Images)

For the past year, footballers have taken a knee ahead of matches to send a powerful message about racism.

Disappointingly the gesture – intended as a show of unity against discrimination – was met with booing by some fans at some games.

Three Lions manager Gareth Southgate said his squad have a duty to stand up for “equality, inclusivity and racial injustice” and said those who stand against these aims were “on the losing side”.

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