The government's handling of the Trojan horse affair involving schools in Birmingham was marred by fear and incompetence, creating a febrile atmosphere in which innocent explanations were rejected in order to blame "bad Muslims", a tribunal has been told.

Andrew Faux, representing two former principals of Park View academy, the school at the centre of an alleged takeover by conservative Islamists in 2014, told the National College of Teaching and Leadership tribunal that the case against his clients rested on "snippets of misinformation".

"It will take courage to set out what really happened in this case. But in time your efforts will be appreciated by everyone," Faux told the three members of the NCTL disciplinary panel in Coventry.

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