Call to widen Trojan Horse probe

Peter Clarke led an inquiry into the

Peter Clarke led an inquiry into the "Trojan Horse" affair

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Attempts are likely to have been made to impose a hardline Muslim agenda in other English schools, according to the former anti-terror chief who led an investigation into the Birmingham "Trojan Horse" plot.

Peter Clarke said he would be "surprised" if moves to gain control and influence were only restricted to a few schools in east Birmingham.

Giving evidence to the Commons education select committee, he said it was incumbent on the government to investigate the situation.

"I'm not a great believer in coincidence and I would find it very surprising if this was only happening in the few schools that we had the time and opportunity to look at in east Birmingham," Mr Clarke told the cross-party group of MPs.

"Some of the people who were involved in promulgating these techniques of gaining control and influence in schools have had national roles in various educational bodies and I know have lectured and taken part in conferences in other cities.

"So I think it is incumbent on the Department for Education and others to take a very careful look now to see whether the sorts of things we found in Birmingham are indeed happening elsewhere.

"I don't know, I haven't looked, but I'd be, I suppose in a way surprised, if there weren't, at least, some symptoms elsewhere."

Mr Clarke had been asked by the committee member whether the situation in Birmingham was limited to "a few bad apples", or if it was more pervasive, and if these practices would have worsened if they had been left unchecked.

The former head of the Metropolitan Police's counter-terrorism unit was asked by former Education Secretary Michael Gove in April to lead an inquiry in allegations that a number of Birmingham schools have been targeted by individuals pushing a hardline Islamist agenda.

His report, published in July, concluded that there was ''clear evidence'' that there were a number of people, associated with each other and in positions of authority within schools who ''espouse, endorse or fail to challenge extremist views''.

The damning document was highly critical of Birmingham City Council, accusing the authority of failing to support under-pressure headteachers dealing with inappropriate behaviour by governors.

In his report, Mr Clarke said he ''neither specifically looked for, nor found, evidence of terrorism, radicalisation or violent extremism in the schools of concern in Birmingham''.

Ian Kershaw, who led an inquiry for Birmingham City Council into the "Trojan Horse" allegations said he was concerned that some headteachers had not come forward with worries about their own governing bodies.

He was asked by Dominic Raab, Tory MP for Esher and Walton if it was his view that the practices seen in some Birmingham schools would have spread if they had not been unearthed.

"I would have said success would have led to further success from their perspective, and that that group of people have learnt how to manipulate and manage across schools," Mr Kershaw said.

"So, I walked away from Birmingham very conscious that there were some headteachers for example who did not speak to me and probably didn't speak to Peter Clarke either, who in other circumstances would have done.

"In other words, I was left concerned about other heads who have not revealed to me, or to anyone, their deep concerns about what's happening in their governing bodies.

"The answer to your question is complex, yes I am concerned, it's possible that it's spread, but I haven't got any evidence to say it has."

Mr Clarke also told the committee that he thought that there were concerns within Birmingham City Council about confronting the issues due to the fear of being accused of racism or Islamophobia.

"I didn't see any obvious evidence of political self-interest coming into play," he said. "What certainly did appear to influence the approach which was taken to the whole issue by Birmingham City Council was the fear that social cohesion would suffer if the issues were actually confronted."

He added: "Certainly the evidence I received and the impressions I gained were that the fear of being accused of racism or Islamophobia were certainly at the forefront of people's minds."

Mr Clarke's report was the last of four separate probes into the allegations in Birmingham, which were originally sparked by the "Trojan Horse" letter - now widely believed to be a hoax - which referred to an alleged plot by hardline Muslims to seize control of a number of school governing boards in Birmingham.

Mr Kershaw's inquiry for the city council concluded that key individuals were ''promoting and encouraging certain Islamic principles'' in Birmingham classrooms amid poor oversight from education chiefs.

Ofsted issued a damning verdict on the running of a number of Birmingham's schools and declared five failing, placing them into special measures.

These schools are: Golden Hillock School, Nansen Primary School and Park View Academy - all run by the Park View Educational Trust (PVET), as well as Oldknow Academy and Saltley School. A sixth, Alston Primary, was already in special measures.

A DfE spokesman said: "We will investigate any evidence put to us. All schools are subject to a tough inspection regime and the Government has been clear it will not hesitate to take firm and swift action if pupils are being let down or placed at risk."

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5:57pm Tue 2 Sep 14

cosmick says...

What do you expect with the LIBLABCON?
What do you expect with the LIBLABCON? cosmick
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6:30pm Tue 2 Sep 14

welshmen says...

Teachers implicated in the 'Trojan Horse' Islamist takeover of schools have been allowed to keep their jobs in a deal made by new Education Secretary Nicky Morgan,
A “five-point agreement” was drawn up just hours after previous Education Secretary Michael Gove was axed.
It was on Mr Gove’s watch that Islamists allegedly took over several schools in the Birmingham area, with schools in other areas suspected of engaging in the same plot.

Governors at three of the schools implicated in the Trojan Horse plot have been forced to resign, but the senior staff and teachers alleged to have been carrying out the governors’ directions have been allowed to stay and continue to teach school children.

It’s worth noting that it was Mr Gove who had his Education Department engage in a witch hunt against patriotic teachers, and took a personal interest in the unprecedented lifetime banning of now BNP Chairman Adam Walker from teaching, without appeal. All this while Islamists took over entire schools.
The Con Dem government has made it crystal clear: patriotic British teachers are unfit to teach our children, but Islamists are welcome to indoctrinate them in our schools.
What do you think of the ConDem government striking deals to allow Islamists to continue indoctrinating our children? not a lot's changed, needs a public inquiry to get rid of this democratic cancer called Islam from our shores....
Teachers implicated in the 'Trojan Horse' Islamist takeover of schools have been allowed to keep their jobs in a deal made by new Education Secretary Nicky Morgan, A “five-point agreement” was drawn up just hours after previous Education Secretary Michael Gove was axed. It was on Mr Gove’s watch that Islamists allegedly took over several schools in the Birmingham area, with schools in other areas suspected of engaging in the same plot. Governors at three of the schools implicated in the Trojan Horse plot have been forced to resign, but the senior staff and teachers alleged to have been carrying out the governors’ directions have been allowed to stay and continue to teach school children. It’s worth noting that it was Mr Gove who had his Education Department engage in a witch hunt against patriotic teachers, and took a personal interest in the unprecedented lifetime banning of now BNP Chairman Adam Walker from teaching, without appeal. All this while Islamists took over entire schools. The Con Dem government has made it crystal clear: patriotic British teachers are unfit to teach our children, but Islamists are welcome to indoctrinate them in our schools. What do you think of the ConDem government striking deals to allow Islamists to continue indoctrinating our children? not a lot's changed, needs a public inquiry to get rid of this democratic cancer called Islam from our shores.... welshmen
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8:09pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Libertarian Patriot says...

This will not go down well with Islamic supporters on the extreme left (UAF and SWP). There is a very odd alliance between the fascists elements in Islam and the extremist subversive groups who claim to be on the left. If Islam ever took over our country the extremists in UAF and SWP together with Stonewall and the militant homosexuals would be first to be squashed.
This will not go down well with Islamic supporters on the extreme left (UAF and SWP). There is a very odd alliance between the fascists elements in Islam and the extremist subversive groups who claim to be on the left. If Islam ever took over our country the extremists in UAF and SWP together with Stonewall and the militant homosexuals would be first to be squashed. Libertarian Patriot
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4:05am Wed 3 Sep 14

Rita Jelfs says...

1. The letter was found to be a hoax.
2. Mr Clarke said he "neither specifically looked for, nor found evidence of terrorism, radicalisation or extremism in the schools of concern in Birmingham".
3. He said there was "clear evidence that a number of people in positions of authority in schools, who knew each other, espoused, endorsed or fail to challenge extremist views". So lots of weak characters. What type of extremist views, he didn't say. Could these be UKIP extremist views. Who knows?
Lots of innuendo. No concrete evidence. A political 'witch' hunt. But with just enough doubt left in people's minds?
1. The letter was found to be a hoax. 2. Mr Clarke said he "neither specifically looked for, nor found evidence of terrorism, radicalisation or extremism in the schools of concern in Birmingham". 3. He said there was "clear evidence that a number of people in positions of authority in schools, who knew each other, espoused, endorsed or fail to challenge extremist views". So lots of weak characters. What type of extremist views, he didn't say. Could these be UKIP extremist views. Who knows? Lots of innuendo. No concrete evidence. A political 'witch' hunt. But with just enough doubt left in people's minds? Rita Jelfs
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10:43am Wed 3 Sep 14

welshmen says...

rita Jelfs you don't half post a load of ****, facts don't mean anything to the brainwashed UAF supporters, if Islam did take this Country ALL non-believers would be dead or worse, you treat Islam like the person who kept feeding crocodile's people hoping they would eat you last....jog on idiot....
rita Jelfs you don't half post a load of ****, facts don't mean anything to the brainwashed UAF supporters, if Islam did take this Country ALL non-believers would be dead or worse, you treat Islam like the person who kept feeding crocodile's people hoping they would eat you last....jog on idiot.... welshmen
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2:37pm Wed 3 Sep 14

Rita Jelfs says...

welshmen wrote:
rita Jelfs you don't half post a load of ****, facts don't mean anything to the brainwashed UAF supporters, if Islam did take this Country ALL non-believers would be dead or worse, you treat Islam like the person who kept feeding crocodile's people hoping they would eat you last....jog on idiot....
So what are your qualifications for posting your nationalist, xenophobic rant? What's your source? Don't tell me, you're an UKIP supporter. Do you realise the lack of logic in what you have just written. Did you finish Primary School?
[quote][p][bold]welshmen[/bold] wrote: rita Jelfs you don't half post a load of ****, facts don't mean anything to the brainwashed UAF supporters, if Islam did take this Country ALL non-believers would be dead or worse, you treat Islam like the person who kept feeding crocodile's people hoping they would eat you last....jog on idiot....[/p][/quote]So what are your qualifications for posting your nationalist, xenophobic rant? What's your source? Don't tell me, you're an UKIP supporter. Do you realise the lack of logic in what you have just written. Did you finish Primary School? Rita Jelfs
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4:53pm Wed 3 Sep 14

welshmen says...

Rita Jelfs wrote:
welshmen wrote:
rita Jelfs you don't half post a load of ****, facts don't mean anything to the brainwashed UAF supporters, if Islam did take this Country ALL non-believers would be dead or worse, you treat Islam like the person who kept feeding crocodile's people hoping they would eat you last....jog on idiot....
So what are your qualifications for posting your nationalist, xenophobic rant? What's your source? Don't tell me, you're an UKIP supporter. Do you realise the lack of logic in what you have just written. Did you finish Primary School?
Not a RANT just post the truth, which you find embarrassing, also you seem to be a supporter of Muslim paedophilia, that must really hit home, how ashamed you must feel that not only your Party, Labour were on watch during the Muslim Grooming Gang reign most of what you were told by your Labour Party was all lies.

The Labour Party knew and did NOTHING, in actual fact I don't even want a debate with your kind, you think anyone who argues against this is actually the real ‘bad person’ and an apologist for child-abuse, that is NOT a lie! In fact anyone who argues that the policies that created the Rochdale / Rotherham problem (among many other towns), still have merit, or who votes Labour while they refuse to admit the folly of their massive social experiment, are the real ‘bad people’. for they too are also apologists for child sex-abuse on a massive scale, ringing a bell yet.

What you are really saying is that the tens of thousands of victims of this abuse are collateral damage, not as important as the social-experiment itself or the salaries of Labour Men or that ‘I might have to make the difficult decision of questioning my own political opinions for fear that I have been wrong all along’,this is known as ‘Cognitive Dissonance Theory’, I think you suffer from that too.
Most weak willed people would rather shun reality than face it like you,
especially when to admit that all along, they were wrong!

And this is how Labour took to battle… "this is the line of attack we should use against the false argument that ‘if you disagree with us, you’re a bad person’or a xenophobe"…. Because actually, ‘I would never agree with you, you’re policies have helped murderers, thugs, rapists and abusers to ruin the lives of tens of thousands of kids in this country and it is YOU who is the bad person’ you and the rest of the Labour Voters.

Before long, the dangerous Left-wing, Multi-Culty, PC, hogwash we have been subjected to, will be synonymous with child abuse in places like Rochdale, Rotherham and an ever increasing and depressing list of places through out our once pleasant land.

Then lets see how many ‘trendies’ who Rita, wish to continue be associated with such an agenda? the undeniable facts are that Multi-Culti, Marxist based nonsense has resulted in the systematic rape and abuse of vulnerable children all across the UK for the last fifteen years by a large number of males from one specific minority group, Pakistani Muslims.

The Labour Party, for fear of losing votes within this minority group (and with a zealous enthusiasm to ensure that their failed policies were not subject to adequate public scrutiny) has acted against the interests of the children who were abused and raped and the interests of justice in general, how low can they sink.

They done all that, just to protect the guilty, mainly Muslim Immigrants and more importantly themselves, to ensure that very little oxygen was given to anyone, or anything (no matter how many lives were ruined) that would upset the cosy relationship between the Labour Party and its Pakistani voters.

A dereliction of duty of office, so despicable, you would struggle to make it up, but this shouldn’t surprise anyone, considering that people active in the Labour Party in the present day ( and even more over the last two decades) were actively involved in helping the now infamous Paedophile Information Exchange and a number of other equally questionable organisations during the 70’s that advocated the sexualisation of minors.

Individuals in the Labour Party closely cooperated with these groups in order to allow them to further their agendas.this is fact and a matter of public record! look it up, it's not hard even a primary school pupil could do that for you.

These are not the people who have the courage of their convictions, those you would want to ‘have your back’ in the trenches....now go and debate with your kind....
[quote][p][bold]Rita Jelfs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]welshmen[/bold] wrote: rita Jelfs you don't half post a load of ****, facts don't mean anything to the brainwashed UAF supporters, if Islam did take this Country ALL non-believers would be dead or worse, you treat Islam like the person who kept feeding crocodile's people hoping they would eat you last....jog on idiot....[/p][/quote]So what are your qualifications for posting your nationalist, xenophobic rant? What's your source? Don't tell me, you're an UKIP supporter. Do you realise the lack of logic in what you have just written. Did you finish Primary School?[/p][/quote]Not a RANT just post the truth, which you find embarrassing, also you seem to be a supporter of Muslim paedophilia, that must really hit home, how ashamed you must feel that not only your Party, Labour were on watch during the Muslim Grooming Gang reign most of what you were told by your Labour Party was all lies. The Labour Party knew and did NOTHING, in actual fact I don't even want a debate with your kind, you think anyone who argues against this is actually the real ‘bad person’ and an apologist for child-abuse, that is NOT a lie! In fact anyone who argues that the policies that created the Rochdale / Rotherham problem (among many other towns), still have merit, or who votes Labour while they refuse to admit the folly of their massive social experiment, are the real ‘bad people’. for they too are also apologists for child sex-abuse on a massive scale, ringing a bell yet. What you are really saying is that the tens of thousands of victims of this abuse are collateral damage, not as important as the social-experiment itself or the salaries of Labour Men or that ‘I might have to make the difficult decision of questioning my own political opinions for fear that I have been wrong all along’,this is known as ‘Cognitive Dissonance Theory’, I think you suffer from that too. Most weak willed people would rather shun reality than face it like you, especially when to admit that all along, they were wrong! And this is how Labour took to battle… "this is the line of attack we should use against the false argument that ‘if you disagree with us, you’re a bad person’or a xenophobe"…. Because actually, ‘I would never agree with you, you’re policies have helped murderers, thugs, rapists and abusers to ruin the lives of tens of thousands of kids in this country and it is YOU who is the bad person’ you and the rest of the Labour Voters. Before long, the dangerous Left-wing, Multi-Culty, PC, hogwash we have been subjected to, will be synonymous with child abuse in places like Rochdale, Rotherham and an ever increasing and depressing list of places through out our once pleasant land. Then lets see how many ‘trendies’ who Rita, wish to continue be associated with such an agenda? the undeniable facts are that Multi-Culti, Marxist based nonsense has resulted in the systematic rape and abuse of vulnerable children all across the UK for the last fifteen years by a large number of males from one specific minority group, Pakistani Muslims. The Labour Party, for fear of losing votes within this minority group (and with a zealous enthusiasm to ensure that their failed policies were not subject to adequate public scrutiny) has acted against the interests of the children who were abused and raped and the interests of justice in general, how low can they sink. They done all that, just to protect the guilty, mainly Muslim Immigrants and more importantly themselves, to ensure that very little oxygen was given to anyone, or anything (no matter how many lives were ruined) that would upset the cosy relationship between the Labour Party and its Pakistani voters. A dereliction of duty of office, so despicable, you would struggle to make it up, but this shouldn’t surprise anyone, considering that people active in the Labour Party in the present day ( and even more over the last two decades) were actively involved in helping the now infamous Paedophile Information Exchange and a number of other equally questionable organisations during the 70’s that advocated the sexualisation of minors. Individuals in the Labour Party closely cooperated with these groups in order to allow them to further their agendas.this is fact and a matter of public record! look it up, it's not hard even a primary school pupil could do that for you. These are not the people who have the courage of their convictions, those you would want to ‘have your back’ in the trenches....now go and debate with your kind.... welshmen
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