New Trojan Horse report is 'final proof' that Bradford links were overblown

MP David Ward

MP David Ward

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A NEW report into the ‘Trojan Horse’ controversy is final proof that claims of a Bradford link were “blown out of all proportion”, an MP says.

The investigation - by former counter-terror chief Peter Clarke - found evidence of an “aggressive Islamist agenda” to take-over some schools in Birmingham.

And it criticised school leaders who “espouse, or sympathise with, or fail to challenge extremist views”- although it found no evidence of extremism taking root.

But Mr Clarke made no mention of Bradford in his 129-page report, other than to note the original Trojan Horse letter “was supposedly written to an unnamed person in Bradford”.

Last month, David Cameron hinted he believed Trojan Horse had spread to Bradford, when he told MPs: “The situation - not just in Birmingham, but elsewhere - is extremely serious.”

And, earlier this month, the T&A revealed that inspectors had made “emergency” visits to two city schools - Carlton Bolling College and Feversham College - in the wake of the controversy.

Bradford Council then sacked the board of governors at Carlton Bolling, after watchdog Ofsted said it was failing to protect students from extremism.

Reacting to Mr Clarke’s report, Bradford East MP David Ward said: "The whole thing has been blown out of all proportion and this report confirms that.

"When it comes to Trojan Hoax – as it should be called – I think it’s now accepted that there wasn’t really any link with Bradford.

"Some people in Bradford knew some people in Birmingham and they quite liked the look of what was happening in Birmingham and thought ‘We’re going to do something like that’.

"I fundamentally disagree with them, but they were doing it with the finest of intentions, because they believed they would raise educational attainment."

In a statement to MPs, new Education Secretary Nicky Morgan said changes would "improve the intelligence" about extremism in schools, including independent academies.

She said: "We have appointed regional schools commissioners backed by boards of local outstanding head teachers who will bring local intelligence to decision making on academies."

Agencies would work more closely to “improve the intelligence available to us on whether other parts of the country are similarly vulnerable to the threats that have been exposed in Birmingham”.

A department for education spokeswoman added: "Where we find evidence we will act, as we showed in Bradford by removing the governing bodies at Laisterdyke and Carlton Bolling."

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6:28pm Tue 22 Jul 14

Johsay says...

Not really, as they sacked one board of governors and put notices to improve policy and procedure on the other.

There were 5 (five) schools ordered to supply minutes for their governors meetings I understand.
Not really, as they sacked one board of governors and put notices to improve policy and procedure on the other. There were 5 (five) schools ordered to supply minutes for their governors meetings I understand. Johsay
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7:20pm Tue 22 Jul 14

Apollo says...

No, the report shows that there was an Islamic plot to take over school governing bodies and impose a hard line version of that perverted religion.

It happened in Bradford and it happened in Birmingham.
No, the report shows that there was an Islamic plot to take over school governing bodies and impose a hard line version of that perverted religion. It happened in Bradford and it happened in Birmingham. Apollo
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7:26pm Tue 22 Jul 14

bobbyo says...

And another primary school in Bradford sacked the Muslim governors, after they made a brilliant head teacher retire early !!!
And another primary school in Bradford sacked the Muslim governors, after they made a brilliant head teacher retire early !!! bobbyo
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10:40pm Tue 22 Jul 14

Thee Voice of Reason says...

David Ward back to his old self on twitter. @davidwardmp saying he would fire a rocket if he was in Israel/Palastine and quoting German. He had the whip removed for slating Jews before so he has form. No wonder he can't see anything in this report.
David Ward back to his old self on twitter. @davidwardmp saying he would fire a rocket if he was in Israel/Palastine and quoting German. He had the whip removed for slating Jews before so he has form. No wonder he can't see anything in this report. Thee Voice of Reason
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10:49pm Tue 22 Jul 14

They only do damage! says...

Its alright, the letter was a hoax, but everthing about an islamist takeover was true? Treachery to the people! Does it still bring hanging.. David!!!
Its alright, the letter was a hoax, but everthing about an islamist takeover was true? Treachery to the people! Does it still bring hanging.. David!!! They only do damage!
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7:46am Wed 23 Jul 14

shitstirrer says...

I hope Ward gets his backside well and truely spanked at the next election. All he is doing is pampering to the minority vote, just like his counterpart in Bradford west.
I hope Ward gets his backside well and truely spanked at the next election. All he is doing is pampering to the minority vote, just like his counterpart in Bradford west. shitstirrer
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