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The Birmingham education system feels almost as fragmented as the Balkans and some schools need a completely new ethos, Liam Byrne, a shadow minister and local MP has warned.

Ahead of a report that will find there has been an aggressive Islamist atmosphere in some schools, the senior Labour MP said the Birmingham education system needed improvements and must be allowed to move on after several investigations into whether there has been an attempt by Islamist extremists to infiltrate state-funded establishments.

A report due to be published on Tuesday is likely to find there are signs of extremism in some schools but no evidence of an orchestrated "Trojan horse" plot to take over schools, which was exposed in a letter now thought to be a hoax.


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