Sex Education handed over to religious bigots and fundamentalists

The Sex and Relationships Education Council, which represents six organisations that promote conservative attitudes to social policy was launched at a meeting in Parliament last week. It will forge links between its members and the Government, according to Dan Bouher, the parliamentary officer for CARE – a Christian lobbying group deeply embedded in parliament.

The new umbrella body would work with the Government in its review of Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE). The Council hoped to enhance the part played by parents in sex-and-relationships education, he said.

David Burrowes, MP for Enfield Southgate, who hosted the launch, said that the “new body embraces significant expertise from which the Government can benefit in the context of the current review and beyond.

The Council’s founding members are Evaluate (which advocates abstinence-based sex education ), Lovewise (“which seeks to help schools and youth groups by providing presentations on the subjects of marriage, sex and relationships from a Christian perspective”), Challenge Teams (another abstinence-only sex “education” group), LIFE (anti-abortion group ), Silver Ring Thing (the discredited abstinence-only group ), Family Education Trust (conservative 'family values' campaigners) and Right to Life (anti-abortion group).

The Education Secretary Michael Gove sent a message of apology to the meeting saying that he was in full sympathy with their aims and would be consulting them on policy.