Esther McVey is called out by her own party

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Esther McVey, the MP and Tory leadership candidate, is facing a fierce backlash from her fellow MPs for her comments that parents should be given the last word on whether their children should attend LGBT-inclusive lessons or not. McVey’s words drew criticism from Justine Greening, a Tory MP who was the first openly lesbian cabinet minister. She insisted that equal rights for all human beings should not be treated as optional. Amber Rudd, who succeeded Greening as work and pensions secretary, said that LGBT rights are an issue for the whole nation not only to be proud of but to fight for. MPs from the other side of the aisle have also denounced McVey’s rhetoric, which comes as she mounts a bid to become Britain’s next prime minister. Lloyd Russell-Moyle, a Labour and Co-op MP added: “Many of us grew up in fear of our identity. Disgusted @EstherMcVey1 – a candidate to be next Tory leader & PM – wants to prevent LGBT education to tackle homophobia & transphobia and support young LGBT people. This isn’t just wrong, it’s dangerous and illegal. Not fit to be PM.”

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