Children in Birmingham face having their lives blighted and their futures harmed by the Trojan horse allegations aimed at their schools, the Labour MP Shabana Mahmood told a packed public meeting in the city on Thursday night.

Pupils attending the schools that were investigated for signs of Islamist extremism are likely to face difficulties applying to universities and colleges because of the notoriety, the MP for Birmingham Ladywood said at the launch event for the Putting Birmingham School Kids First group held in Camp Hill.

"There will always be children in Birmingham living with that stigma, day in and day out," Mahmood told the first mass meeting organised in reaction to reports that schools and their boards of governors had been infiltrated by Islamist extremists.

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