Anti-halal protestors get UKIP backing

Halal meat goes on the menu next week at the Kilburn school where some parents protested at its introduction.

An unsigned newsletter sent on Friday to parents of pupils at Kingsgate School said: “Following parent consultation the governors have decided to provide a halal service at lunchtimes. This service will start on Tuesday, February 27.”

The controversial decision by governors at the Kingsgate Road school to introduce halal meat prompted parents to protest outside the gates two weeks ago. Protester Jacqueline Gomm said: “People say our culture’s not being compromised but it is.”

Gerard Batten, the UK Independence Party’s Euro-MP, has backed Ms Gomm’s campaign, and plans to write to Education Secretary Alan Johnson. “It’s a way of imposing Islamic practices on non-Muslim children, which I find unacceptable,” he said.

Camden New Journal, 22 February 2007