Back to day work! Matt Hancock returns to the Commons to push for dyslexia screening legislation after I’m A Celeb jungle stint
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Matt Hancock returns to his day job in the House of Commons today as he pushes for dyslexia screening legislation.
Fresh from his stint in the I’m A Celebrity jungle, the former Health Secretary will urge MPs to back his bill as a matter of ‘social and economic justice’.
He smiled at photographers this morning as he drove into Westminster.
Mr Hancock is currently the Independent MP for West Suffolk, having had the Tory Whip suspended for choosing to appear on the reality show when the House was sitting.
Later introducing his private member’s bill in the House, Mr Hancock – who is dyslexic – is expected to say the current approach to the condition ‘has to change’.
“It is not only a question of morality, but also of social and economic justice,” he will say.
Fresh out of his I’m A Celebrity jungle stint (right), Matt Hancock (pictured left arriving in Parliament today) will urge MPs to back his Bill as a matter of ‘social and economic justice “.
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While his jaunt through the jungle drew criticism from colleagues including Rishi Sunak, Mr Hancock has “no intention of retiring or walking away from politics”, according to his team.
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The second reading of Mr Hancock’s Dyslexia Screening and Teacher Training Bill is the third on the Commons order paper, meaning it is likely to be heard before the end of the proceedings.
These pieces of legislation rarely make it into the statute book unless they garner near-unanimous support in parliament or the government passes them.
Mr Hancock will tell MPs: ‘So we rightly screen for physical health conditions to provide the support for individuals, so why not also screen for neurological conditions?’
“My bill today would see every child’s primary schools screened for dyslexia and give teachers the right level of training to be able to teach children with dyslexia properly.”
He will call it “outrage” that “while every teacher is the teacher of a dyslexic child, teachers do not need to be trained to support dyslexic children”.
“It leaves thousands of dyslexic children in the classroom without the education they need and deserve.”
“It’s a scandal that only one in five dyslexic children leave school identified with their dyslexia. This means that 80% of dyslexics go to school or enter the working world not knowing that they have a neurological disease, but simply thinking that they are bad at reading.
In accordance with the normal procedure, other members may join in the debate and the representatives of the government and the opposition will have their say.
Some might take the opportunity to look into Mr. Hancock’s TV escapades, as this will be their first chance to tell him their views directly in the House.
The former Cabinet minister last spoke in the Commons on October 17, when he hailed the ‘return of ironclad fiscal responsibility’ and asked Chancellor Jeremy Hunt whether the OBR would show a decrease in debt as a proportion of national income.
Mr Hancock, who was diagnosed with dyslexia at university, had pledged to use the ‘incredible platform’ offered by I’m A Celebrity to raise awareness about learning disabilities.
Looking back on his school years in the jungle, he said he “desperately wanted to learn” but struggled with English.
He said the moment his dyslexia was identified, he realized his “brain works differently” and he can “work on that.”