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Teacher asked class to ignore Bob Stewart’s son ‘because he is the son of a Conservative,’ Beckenham MP says

PUBLISHED: 11:25 15 September 2017 | UPDATED: 11:25 15 September 2017

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The Beckenham MP revealed all four of his children had been “hassled” because of his role in politics

A teacher reportedly told a class to ignore Beckenham MP Bob Stewart’s son during the general election, because of his father’s role in politics.

Speaking in the House of Commons yesterday, Mr Stewart, a retired colonel who served in Northern Ireland and Bosnia, said: “All my four children have been hassled by other kids in their local schools because of the job of their father.

“There is little that can be done about that, because they are children. My kids are robust enough to withstand it, but such behaviour is taken to a new level when, during the last general election, a teacher tells the class of my 13-year-old boy that nobody should talk to him because he is the son of a Conservative MP.

There were cries of “shame” from fellow MPs, with Sarah Newton, who started the debate on abuse and intimidation of general election candidates, describing the incident as “deeply upsetting and troubling”.

The Truro and Falmouth MP went on to say: “People such as teachers who are in a position of authority and influence should be supporting and upholding the shared values of our country. It is most disappointing to hear of somebody in such a powerful and influential position letting themselves and their profession down.”

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