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In May 2008 in the abortion amendments to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill (now Act), Jack Straw voted to keep the current time limit of 24 weeks in line with the scientific and medical consensus.
In January 2010 Jack Straw wrote an article on faith schools titled "An Islamic girls’ school top of the tables?". In the article he stated that:
- I had argued for years in opposition that if the country had Catholic, Anglican and Jewish faith schools then we either had to get rid of them all (bad idea) or to allow schools from all faiths to become state aided, provided they met the same criteria.
Looking at the reasons for the success of a state-funded Islamic school in his constituency, he says:
- Yes, the faith of the school does makes a big difference. An Ofsted report in 2006 praised not only its outstanding academic achievement but its spiritual and moral ethos. “The commitment to excellence and the values of Islam, which are at the heart of the school, shine out in many ways,” it said.
- This should come as no surprise — Catholic, Anglican and Jewish schools generally perform better than non-faith schools. But Tauheedul is not introspective. It is designated as a specialist humanities school, with citizenship as its lead subject. I have seen for myself how its pupils really are engaged and interested in the outside world.
It was reported that there was a reaction following a 2006 article in Lancashire Evening Telegraph on wearing veils: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/5410472.stm. The original article was re-published in the Guardian's CiF: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2006/oct/06/politics.uk
- ↑ http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200607/cmselect/cmsctech/1045/104502.htm
- ↑ http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/columnists/guest_contributors/article6988700.ece
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