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Former Labour MP, who backed anti-LGBTQ protesters in Birmingham, fails to win seat

Roger Godsiff stood as an Independent after losing support from his party

2019-12-13

Words: Steve Brown

Former Labour MP – who backed protesters in the ongoing LGBTQ teaching row – fails to win his seat.

Roger Godsiff was the Labour MP for Birmingham Hall Green until he lost support from the party after backing the anti-LGBTQ teaching protests outside schools in Birmingham.

Ahead of the general election, Godsiff was told by the national executive committee (NEC) that he wouldn’t be endorsed as a candidate and lost support from his party.

But the MP announced he would be running in the election in his former constituency as an Independent candidate.

Now, the anti-LGBTQ MP failed to win constituents and won just 4,273 votes and was beaten by both Labour’s Tahar Ali (35,889 votes) and Tory Penny-Anne O’Donnell (7,381).