George Freeman welcomes commitment to promote British values in schools

George Freeman welcomes the Education Secretary’s commitment to promote British values in every school.

George Freeman (Mid Norfolk) (Con): I warmly welcome my right hon. Friend’s statement, in particular his commitment to put the promotion of British values at the heart of what every school must deliver for children. Does he agree that the reason this country has been able to offer sanctuary to people from around the world of different races and faith for so long is precisely because of a simple covenant of citizenship: “Come here, speak our language, respect our heritage and values and you are welcome”?

Michael Gove: I absolutely agree. One strength of the United Kingdom is that it has provided a safe and warm home for people of every faith over hundreds of years. It is critical that we ensure that our traditions of liberty and tolerance are protected so that everyone, whatever their background, can feel that sense of pride in this nation and allegiance to other citizens, which all of us would want to celebrate as the best of British.

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