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Shabana Mahood Labour MP for Ladywood says that the Government's appointment of the former anti terrorism chief Peter Clarke to investigate allegations that Muslim extremists are trying to take control of some schools in Birmingham is a very provocative move.
Police and council leaders in Birmingham today voiced dissatisfaction over the Government's decision to appoint former anti-terrorism chief Peter Clarke to investigate the Trojan Horse allegations.
West Midlands Police's Ch Cons Chris Sims called the appointment "desperately unfortunate".
Meanwhile, city council leader Sir Albert Bore warned having Mr Clarke as an independent investigator risked undermining the investigations already being carried out.
The Department for Education today announced a dedicated education commissioner has been appointed to examine allegations that schools in Birmingham are being targeted by a hardline Muslim plot.
Peter Clarke will work with Birmingham City Council to analyse reports that extremists are trying to infiltrate and take over academies and council-run schools to push their agenda.
Education Secretary Michael Gove said he was "extremely concerned" by the allegations.
Birmingham City Council's Cabinet member for Children and Family Services has said allegations relating to extremism in the city's school span from 20 years ago to right up to the present day.
Speaking to ITV News, Cllr Bridget Jones said: "So far the allegations that have come in recently relate to things that are happening present day, as well as things that happened 20 years ago.
"We have got a very wide range here. Each of these allegations, we will look into individually. We hope to build up a full picture as to what has happened. We think some of it will be related to Trojan Horse [investigation], maybe some of it not."
Park View Educational Trust has been at the centre of allegations of extremism in schools. The Trust runs three schools in Birmingham - all of which have been subjected to snap Ofsted inspections in recent weeks.
Anonymous whistle-blowers, including former teachers, have also come forward since the Trojan Horse claims hit the headlines.
The allegations include:
- Segregation of boys and girls in classes and assemblies
- A ban on sex education
- Bullying of non-Muslim staff
- Staff member praised al Qaida-linked Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki in an assembly
School trustees have firmly denied all the claims, branding the allegations "a witch-hunt".
Birmingham City Council have appointed managing director of Northern Education Ian Kershaw to oversee investigations into Trojan Horse.
The investigation will look into an alleged plot by hardline muslims to seize control of schools in the city.
The focus of the allegations has been the Park View Educational Trust which runs 3 schools- all of which have been subjected to snap Ofsted inspections in recent weeks.
The trust denies all the allegations.