MP warns of 'confusion' in Trojan Horse investigations

Perry Barr MP Khalid Mahmood Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Archive/Press Association Images

A city MP has claimed that three separate investigations into the alleged Trojan Horse plot in Birmingham schools will only cause increased confusion.

Perry Barr MP, Khalid Mahmood, is calling for a coordinated inquiry by the Department of Education, Ofsted and Birmingham City Council.

This comes after it was announced a third major inquiry to be led by Ofsted chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw after leaks reveal six Birmingham schools are to be placed in special measures.

Two other enquiries have been announced with counter-terrorism expert Peter Clarke to head the Department of Education investigation and a city council probe to be led by former teacher Ian Kershaw.

Mr Mahmood said:

We have three different people leading three different inspections. There is a risk of overkill. This just creates confusion, leads to duplication and causes delay.

What happens if they come up with different recommendations? Whose do they implement first? It would be better if there was a single inquiry which was transparent, effective and finished quickly.

The city council has been inundated with over 200 claims and allegations and 25 Birmingham schools are now under investigation.

The Muslim Council of Britain has been critical of the appointment of a counter-terrorism expert to head the Government inquiry – saying there is a risk of a ‘witch hunt’.