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 Grays 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.
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.
“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.
“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.
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 told GB News: “I just don’t support people participating in that type of gesture – gesture politics, to a certain extent, as well.
“It’s all well to support a cause and make your voices heart but actually quite frankly, and we saw quite frankly in particular as some of the protests that took place – I speak now very much in what I saw in the impact on policing – it was devastating.
“Not only that, I just don’t subscribe to this view that we should be rewriting our history – pulling down statues, the famous Coulson statue, and what’s happened there. Toppling statues is not the answer, it’s about learning from our past, learning from our history and actually working together to drive the right outcome.”